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The Quality and Accountability COMPAS method
available by mid-January 2018

Key word: The Quality of Aid /

The COMPAS is a quality and accountability management method for aid projects that has been specifically designed to help apply the Core Humanitarian Standard in the field for all intervention zones, sectors and contexts. Tools are under construction and will be available by mid-january 2018.

 What is the COMPAS and how does it relate to the Core Humanitarian Standard?

 

The COMPAS – A quality and accountability management method for aid projects

The COMPAS is a quality and accountability management method for aid projects that has been specifically designed to help apply the Core Humanitarian Standard in the field for all intervention zones, sectors and contexts.

Linking the Core Humanitarian Standard and international project management standards, the COMPAS method is organised around:

  • A set of steering processes to ensure and control project quality and accountability.
  • A set of recommended tools to translate quality and accountability into Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (PMEAL).
  • A set of guidelines for using the Core Humanitarian Standard to prepare/conduct an evaluation and establish a quality & accountability system.

 

The COMPAS – An up-dated version of the Quality COMPAS

The COMPAS was first developed by Groupe URD in 2004 and was organised around a quality reference framework, the COMPAS Rose, made up of 12 quality criteria. In 2014, Groupe URD joined HAP International, People In Aid and the Sphere Project in their efforts to harmonise standards and integrate the Quality COMPAS reference framework into the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

 

Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) – Nine Commitments and Quality Criteria

The COMPAS is built around the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). This is a voluntary code that describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and quality humanitarian action.

It draws on key elements of several existing humanitarian standards and commitments including the Red Cross/Red Crescent and NGO Code of Conduct, the Sphere Handbook Core Standards and Protection Principles, the 2010 HAP Standard, the People In Aid Code of Good Practice and the Groupe URD Quality COMPAS.

The Core Humanitarian Standard sets out Nine Commitments centred on communities and people affected by crisis that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and accountability of the assistance they provide. The Commitments are supported by nine Quality Criteria that indicate how humanitarian actors need to work in order to meet them [1].

For more information, see: https://corehumanitarianstandard.org/

 

Putting the Core Humanitarian Standard into practice - A collective effort

The COMPAS is part of a collective effort to help put the CHS into practice. It has been developed in order to be coherent with, and complementary to, related guides and tools, especially:

The COMPAS is also in line and coherent with the “Evaluating Humanitarian Action Guide” from ALNAP (http://www.alnap.org/resource/23592.aspx).