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The Quality and Accountability COMPASS method

Key word: The Quality of Aid /

The Quality & Accountability COMPASS provides a series of recommendations, processes and tools that have been specifically designed to help international aid projects implement the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) in all sectors, contexts and operational zones.

 The Quality & Accountability COMPASS

The COMPASS is organised around four key and complementary actions of a humanitarian or development intervention. Each person can choose the entry point that corresponds most to their role and responsibilities.

  • IMPLEMENTING – HOW TO USE THE CORE HUMANITARIAN STANDARD TO IMPLEMENT A PROJECT – This section describes how project steering mechanisms can help to respond responsibly to the needs of communities and people affected by crisis.
    → It is aimed primarily at “operators”: individuals and organisations in charge of implementing and supporting projects (particularly project teams and operating partners).
  • FUNDING – HOW TO USE THE CORE HUMANITARIAN STANDARD IN RELATION TO PROJECT FUNDING - This section describes how the funding process can help to implement high quality and accountable projects.
    → It is aimed primarily at “Funders”: individuals and organisations in charge of funding projects or an organisation (such as institutional donors and operators who include a funding component in their operational approach).
  • EVALUATING – HOW TO USE THE CORE HUMANITARIAN STANDARD TO EVALUATE A PROJECT – This section describes how an evaluation can use the Core Humanitarian Standard’s quality criteria to complement the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria, prioritise areas of analysis and identify relevant evaluation questions.
    → It is primarily aimed at “Evaluators”: the people and organisations in charge of evaluating projects (notably those who commission evaluations and the individuals who carry them out).
  • IMPROVING – HOW TO USE THE CORE HUMANITARIAN STANDARD TO IMPLEMENT A PROJECT MONITORING, EVALUATION, ACCOUNTABILITY AND LEARNING (MEAL) SYSTEM - This section describes how to translate institutional demands in terms of quality and accountability into a project Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) system that is adapted to the particular needs, demands and resources of an organisation, consortium or programme.
    → It is primarily aimed at “Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Advisors”: individuals and organisations who are responsible for establishing the steering framework for projects (notably MEAL focal points and operational coordinators).

Each of these entry points is explained in a specific section of the COMPASS.

A joint section – “Shared Commitments” – underlines the need for coherence, complementarity and coordination between these different entry points.

 Related support materials

  • The whole COMPASS approach is now available in a detailed handbook: download.
  • A dashboard summarises the main elements of the COMPASS, which are also illustrated in a poster: download.

It is an updated version of the Quality COMPAS which Groupe URD created in 2004, and which is now fully built around the criteria and commitments of the CHS.