ALNAP Review of Humanitarian Action
has been monitoring thequality of evaluations of humanitarian action for the past five years.The positive news is that evaluations have become more deeply ingrained in the humanitarian sector. The not-so-good news is that thequality of the evaluations themselves still leaves much to be desired.The development of better evaluations is not just an end in itself:high-quality evaluations should have a positive effect on improvinglearning, accountability and performance in the sector.When the Joint Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda wasundertaken in 1995, there were no manuals, guidelines or goodpractice notes to follow on evaluating humanitarian action. Since then,some helpful materials have been published – notably
Evaluating Humanitarian Assistance Programmes in Complex Emergencies
Guidance for Evaluating Humanitarian Assistance in Complex Emergencies
The first of these texts was aimed at evaluators, while the second wasintended for commissioning agencies. This new ALNAP guide buildson the achievement of both publications by providing a framework designed to assist with the interpretation of key DAC criteria within aspecifically humanitarian context. This will be of value to bothevaluators and evaluation managers alike.Evaluation teams in the field piloted draft versions of this guide, andthe practical lessons learned from those experiences have beenincorporated into this final version. I believe that this process hashelped to create a guide that is user-friendly and will be an excellenttool for designers of evaluations and for the teams on the ground.