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The Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation is an independent assessment of whether collective results achieved in response to an emergency meet the objectives stated in the Strategic Response Plan and the needs of affected people.  IAHEs are triggered automatically by the declaration of a Level-3 system-wide emergency and are conducted within 9 to 12 months from the L3 declaration. The Emergency Relief Coordinator may also launch an IAHE of a sudden-onset emergency affecting multiple sectors or at the specific request of a Humanitarian Coordinator/Humanitarian Country Team or other primary stakeholders.

IAHEs address the following core questions:

  1. Were the results articulated in the Strategic Response Plan achieved, and what were both the positive and potentially negative outcomes for people affected by the disaster?
  2. To what extent have national and local stakeholders been involved and their capacities strengthened through the response?
  3. Was the assistance well-coordinated, successfully avoiding duplication and filling gaps? What contextual factors help explain results or the lack thereof?
  4. To what extent were IASC core humanitarian programming principles and guidance applied?

The Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations follow agreed norms and standards and emphasize independence of the evaluation team, process and methodology, usefulness, and transparency. The Terms of Reference, the final Evaluation Report, and responses to the recommendations by the HCT and IASC Principals are shared publicly and posted on IASC, OCHA and ALNAP’s websites.


Guidelines for the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations of Large Scale System-Wide Emergencies (IAHEs)

The Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) Guidelines specify the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and provide a set of operating procedures for IAHEs. They are intended to help support and guide the management and conduct of IAHEs.

The Guidelines include the following templates:

  1. Standard Terms of Reference
  2. A generic outline for the inception report
  3. A generic outline for the evaluation report
  4. A checklist of roles and responsibilities

The Guidelines will be reviewed in 2015 on the basis of lessons learned through their use and application during 2014.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee
Original Publication Date: 
30 Apr 2014
Document type: 
Monitoring and Evaluation