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Quality & Accountability COMPASS – How can we meet the needs of communities and people affected by crises in a responsible manner?

The COMPASS is a project steering method for humanitarian and development projects. It aims to help organisations implement high quality, accountable projects that benefit communities and people affected by a crisis. It was developed by Groupe URD to: give meaning to project steering activities; put quality and accountability into practice in the field; and reinforce the coherence, complementarity and coordination of actors. The COMPASS is based on the quality and accountability commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS). It is organized around four complementary actions of an intervention: 1. Implementation. 2. Financing. 3. Evaluating. 4. Improving. Each person can choose the entry point that corresponds most closely to their role and responsibilities.

 How and why use the COMPASS?

The COMPASS is a project steering method for humanitarian and development aid projects. It aims to help implement high quality, accountable projects for communities and people affected by a crisis. It was developed by Groupe URD to:

  • Give meaning to project steering activities – The COMPASS is based on the quality and accountability commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).
  • Put quality and accountability into practice in the field – the COMPASS includes recommendations, processes and tools to help implement quality and accountability commitments in the field.
  • Reinforce coherence, complementarity and coordination – the COMPASS is organised around four complementary actions of an intervention: Implementation (Operator focus) / Financing (Donor focus) / Evaluating (Evaluator focus) / Improving (MEAL focal point focus). Each person can choose the entry point that corresponds the most closely to their role and responsibilities.

More information on the tools

 An updated version of the Quality COMPAS

The Quality COMPAS was initially developed by Groupe URD in 2004 and was organised around a quality reference framework called the Compass 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 different standards and integrated the Quality COMPAS into the Core Humanitarian Standard. A summary, a poster, a detailed guide and tools are available on the Groupe URD site. The first training session will be held in Paris on 29 – 31 October 2018.

For more information, please contact Mr Carrier.