Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations

Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations

Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations

An Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) is an independent assessment of results of the collective humanitarian response by member organizations of the IASC. IAHEs evaluate the extent to which planned collective results have been achieved and how humanitarian reform efforts have contributed to that achievement.

Usually, IAHEs are initiated as per their inclusion in the IAHE Steering Group’s Workplan and are formally launched by the Emergency Relief Coordinator. Using a systematic and defined set of selection and prioritization criteria, a list of priority countries for crisis-specific evaluations and priority themes for thematic evaluations are established on an annual basis.

IAHEs may also be triggered by an IASC Scale-Up Activation, a formal mechanism for the mobilization of system-wide capacities and resources beyond standard levels, which automatically requires the implementation of an IAHE. IAHEs triggered by a Scale-Up need to be conducted within 9-12 months from the initial Scale-Up activation taking into consideration the findings of the Operational Peer Review.

IAHEs of a specific crisis address the following core questions:

  1. Relevance: To what extent have the objectives set out in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) or similar plan been based on identified needs of the most vulnerable groups affected by the crisis?
  2. Effectiveness: To what extent were the results (in terms of assistance delivery as articulated in the HRP) achieved and to what extent were they effective in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable?
  3. Sustainability: What were the positive and negative, intended and unintended effects of the IASC humanitarian system’s assistance for people affected by the crisis?
  4. Partnerships: To what extent have adequate partnerships been established (with international, national and/or local stakeholders) to deliver assistance to affected people?
  5. Localization: Have national and local stakeholders been involved in the response design and have their capacities and systems to respond in the future been strengthened through the response?
  6. Coordination: Was the assistance well-coordinated, successful and, as much as possible, equitable, reaching all affected populations and avoiding duplication of assistance and gaps?

The analytical framework for a thematic IAHE is developed on a case-by-case basis according to the agreed theme.

The Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations follow agreed norms and standards that emphasize independence of the evaluation team, a certain process and methodology, and the usefulness and transparency of findings and recommendations. 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.

For additional information on the IAHEs, please view the IAHE Guidelines.

For a comprehensive overview of IAHEs, please view the IAHE Flyer.

Mass Exodus From Violent Central African Republic Chad, Doyaba, 31 January 2014, Photo: WFP/Loyse Tabin

More than 70,000 people have fled CAR to Chad since the intensification of violence in December; there are 62,000 refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); 28,000 have arrived in recent weeks in Cameroon and 12,000 have sought refuge in the Republic of the Congo. Since December 2013, the exodus from CAR into fragile and food-insecure areas has intensified, creating new strains on local people.

River overflow in Shuhada district, Badakhshan province, Credit: Hafezullah/ IOM Fayzabad Date: 08 July 2015

An assessment team consisting of WFP, IOM, ANDMA Afghan-Aid and district has conducted assessment on 08 July-015. 72 houses completely destroyed and 38 houses partially damaged. 50 km irrigation canal damaged and 500 Jerib agriculture land have been damaged.


On 24 February 2016, Makereta Nasiki, 13, sits in her room, showing damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in the town of Ba on Viti Levu Island of Fiji.

Guinea, Credit: UNIDO

Guinea - Many years of hosting refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone had a significant impact on communities in the eastern region of Guinea. This UNTFHS funded project implemented by UNIDO (June 2005 – June 2011) contributed to reducing tensions between refugees and host communities by restoring destroyed social infrastructure and rehabilitating the productive capacities of refugees, returnees, and IDP’s.

On the way to Mahalej shelter in Jibreen (Photo: OCHA Syria/L. Tom)

On 2 December, on the way to Mahalej shelter, the team observes destroyed building, field and barricades along the road. On 2 December, a UN mission visits the Mahalej shelter in Jibreen, Aleppo a former cotton factory, where thousands of internally displaced people from east Aleppo have been passed through. The site does not properly protect vulnerable people for the freezing cold temperatures, which is why most people only stay for a few days before moving on. The UN is responding to people in need by providing humanitarian assistance including hot meals, NFIs, WASH and health and nutrition support.

Bekaa Field Visit, Saadnayel, 5.8.16. © Julie Melichar

Syrian Refugee Children at tented settlement. Most of the children lost their parents during the war.

Emergency Directors Group visit to Jeremie (Haiti) on 03 November 2016 (Hurricane Matthew), Photo: OCHA/Rébar Jaff

Water is trucked from a nearby river, purified and packaged here, and sent to various locations with urgent water needs, including hospitals and temporary shelters for displaced people.

16 Jan 2015, Kharkov, Ukraine, Credit: OCHA/Z. Nurmukhambetova

A man walks out of "Station Kharkov," a locally run and organized aid centre in the city of Kharkov. The centre first opened in June 2014. Since then it has helped thousands of displaced people receive aid, temporary shelter, psychological help and information.


Ms. Kelly David

Chief, Strategy, Planning, Evaluation and Guidance Section

Steering Group Members' Evaluation Sites

L3 Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations

Take a closer look at the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations (IAHEs) of the response to the crises in the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan) in 2014 and in the Central African Republic and South Sudan in 2015.