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Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Guide


For the last six years, ALNAP has been developing the first Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Guide to help humanitarian actors increase the quality and usefulness of evaluating findings and results.

A pilot version of this Guide was first released in June 2013. 10,000 pilot Guide downloads later, this final version of the Guide incorporates feedback from more than 40 organisations who tested its content on the ground.

The EHA Guide Pilot has been only part of our EHA story. Check out the timeline below which outlines other landmarks in this process.



Why a Guide for Evaluating Humanitarian Action?

Evaluation of humanitarian action has indeed evolved and now much technical and organisation-specific guidance exists. Yet this ALNAP Guide paints the whole picture of evaluation in the sector, consolidating the current knowledge about initiating, managing and completing an evaluation of humanitarian action. As such, it offers a common reference point for humanitarian evaluators.

Although evaluation of humanitarian action faces many of the same challenges of other sectors (e.g. international development) a number of these are accentuated due to the volatile contexts in which humanitarians operate and the nature of the work undertaken. For instance, insecurity may limit access to programmes and affected populations, and work may be particularly time-sensitive in nature.

Check out what some evaluators had to say about what has worked for them and what hasn’t when evaluating humanitarian action.




You can connect with other evaluators in the ALNAP Network and ask questions about any EHA issues by joining the
Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice.

Latest discussions from the Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice

4 August: Call for Evaluations_ALNAP 2018 State of the Humanitarian System

Dear CoP Members, ALNAP would like your help. Work has started on the 2018 iteration of the ALNAP State of the Humanitarian System<> report, the biggest and most comprehensive review of humanitarian performance worldwide....

23 June: Bringing value back: Making sure project learnings get heard

Dear Humanitarian Evaluation Community of Practice, I've recently joined the CoP from War Child Holland's Lebanon office, where I am the Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor. A few months back our unit was tasked with producing an "internal self-reflectio...

21 June: evaluation budget for conflict affected areas

Hi Wartini I have done a number of humanitarian evaluations in restricted areas (3 in Somalia, 2 in Sudan, 1 in DRC), for UN agencies and an international NGO. I fully agree with all the comments made by Mike and Lewis in terms of value added, premiums on fees and the overall ...

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