Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)
The Cluster Approach was initially adopted in 2005 as part of the United Nations’ humanitarian reform process. The Inter-Agency Standing Committee then decided to monitor the implementation of this complex approach via two evaluations.
The first of these, which was finalized in 2007, focused on process indicators. The second evaluation focuses on the results and effects of the Cluster approach at the country and field level. Groupe URD and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) were selected to carry out this work.
Phase II of the evaluation process aimed to measure the operational effectiveness and results of the Cluster approach.
Recommendations have been made for the approach as a whole and for each of the countries studied. These aimed to improve its effectiveness and efficiency in providing humanitarian assistance that is relevant and coordinated.
The evaluation included case studies in six different countries (Uganda, Chad, DRC, the Palestinian Occupied Territories, Haiti and Myanmar) and data collected at headquarters.
The evaluation team used both qualitative and quantitative methods. The evaluation included a desk review, field visits, analysis of quantitative data, interviews and group discussions with key actors, such as United Nations agencies, NGOs, national and local authorities and affected populations.