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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

1 February: Looking into presence? ALNAP webinar- Feb 8, 14:00 GMT

Good morning CoP! I was wondering: Have you ever had to map the presence of humanitarian actors, particularly at the level of a whole response? How is this evaluated? What are some recent evaluations where this was considered? Next week, we are hosting a webinar t...

26 January: failure report and simlar practices

Hi Wartini, It’s an excellent question, and one that we have seen many organisations grapple with when they try to encourage innovation and innovative activities across country teams. Even projects that are specifically funded as ‘innovations’ with a higher tolerance for risk ...

23 January: Re: Improving how we monitor (and assess) humanitarian performance: do we need common indicators?

Nice to see this thread. In my work, as part of a network of 190 RCRC national societies with different frameworks and such, I have found it important to make a distinction between trying to arrive a standardized objectives, versus indicators. I think the latter makes more sen...

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