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

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 can be used in five autonomous and complementary ways to implement the Core Humanitarian Standard in the field:

STEER – QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY CONTROL – Are we doing what we are supposed to do to check quality and accountability standards? Do project deliverables meet quality and accountability acceptance criteria?
→ Quality and accountability control points and checklists at key stages of the project cycle, based on the nine commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard.

MANAGE – QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN RESPONSE WORK - What good practices and tools can effectively help to implement quality and accountability?
→ Good practices and reference tools to help integrate the commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard in terms of quality and accountability during the implementation of a project.

CHECK – PROJECT HEALTH CHECK – Where are we in our quality and accountability practices? Is it good enough? What else could be done?
→ Analysis of the key actions of the project (existing quality and accountability practices) & organisational responsibilities (institutional support).

EVALUATE – EVALUATION - Have we made a difference? Did we do so in the best way possible?
→ Recommendations for ways to use the Core Humanitarian Standard to support the evaluation process (links with the DAC-OECD criteria, possible evaluation questions, etc.).

CHANGE – QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM - How can we establish a project quality and accountability system within an organisation?
→ Key steps to translate quality and accountability requirements into an appropriate Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (PMEAL) system.


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.