Evaluating Humanitarian Action Using the OECD-DAC Criteria

The objective of this guide is to provide practical support on how to use the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria in Evaluating Humanitarian Action (EHA). 

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In order to maintain focus, the guide does not include significant detail on wider issues such as evaluation management, choice of methodologies or evaluation approaches. Also, the guide is not intended to provide in-depth details on the DAC criteria but rather to introduce the criteria to the reader, who can then follow up as appropriate. 


"This guide draws on good-practice material on evaluation and on EHA, including other guides, handbooks and manuals (as listed under References below). The intention was to build on rather than to replicate what already exists. It also draws on a questionnaire completed by 25 Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) Full Members, and on the work of the author on the ALNAP Review of Humanitarian Action." (ALNAP 2006, p11)


  • Thinking about EHA
    • What is the evaluation of humanitarian action?
    • What is different about EHA?
    • The use of evaluation results
  • Working with the DAC criteria
    • Relevance/appropriateness
    • Connectedness
    • Coherence
    • Efficiency Effectiveness
    • Impact
  • Options for the evaluation of humanitarian action: pointers for good practice
  • Good practice examples


ALNAP (2006). Evaluating humanitarian action using the OECD-DAC criteria An ALNAP guide for humanitarian agencies. London, U.K: Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Retrieved from http://www.alnap.org/pool/files/eha_2006.pdf

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)

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Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute.


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