The French Development Agency, the Fondation de France, the Principality of Monaco
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
-* A presentation leaflet : download.
-* 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.