March 22, 2009
Guide to Real-time Evaluations of Humanitarian Action
The guide to real-time evaluations (RTEs) published in March by the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), deals with one of the most demanding yet increasingly popular types of evaluation practice. It is intended to help both evaluation managers and team leaders in commissioning, overseeing and conducting evaluations that are carried out during rather than after an emergency operation.
In recent years, RTEs have become increasingly vital in improving the quality of response to humanitarian crises by helping to solve operational problems as they occur. However, although several organisations have produced their own internal guides to the practice, the ALNAP guide is the first aimed at the humanitarian sector as a whole.
DARA was selected to participate in the guide’s peer review committee following its experience in the real-time evaluation of the inter-agency response to the 2007 floods and cyclone in Mozambique.