Conducting a CHS self-assessment is the first step organisations should take when committing to work in line with the Nine Commitments of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS). The self-assessment tool provides guidance and advice for organisations going through such an exercise, as well as templates allowing them to collect information, document evidence, and present results. At the end of this exercise, organisations undergoing a self-assessment will have a comprehensive picture of their strengths and weaknesses, and a solid basis to focus resources where they are most needed. After the exercise is repeated, organisations will also be able to measure progress and the impact of capacity development efforts. Self-assessments are meant to identify and recognise good practice as much as they can help identify and address issues, and are intended to be a learning tool.
While any organisation can freely use the tool, conducting a CHS self-assessment forms part of CHS Alliance membership requirements and follows a two-year cycle. When a member undertakes a self-assessment, it is asked to communicate any learning linked to the self-assessment tool to the Alliance. In the year after the self-assessment was conducted, members then report on progress made against an improvement plan (reporting is due at the end of that year). Two years after the initial self-assessment, members perform another self-assessment. When they submit the new self-assessment, they are asked to analyse and highlight differences and progress made in between the two most recent self-assessments.
Please note that the self-assessment tool is currently only available in English and French. If you would like to support translations, in particular in Arabic and Spanish, please email us. Note, however, that consolidated self-assessment reports need to be submitted in English.
To support a process of continuous quality improvement, a self-assessment needs to feed into the design, implementation and monitoring of an improvement plan.
Through the CHS self-assessment you may have discovered that your organisation is already doing well in some areas, but also that there are areas for improvement. The improvement plan guidelines will help you to:
These four steps are meant to help you develop a CHS improvement plan that is inclusive, realistic and achievable. Download the CHS improvement plan guidelines here.
For more information or for any inquiries please contact our Senior Quality & Accountability Officer Geneviève Cyvoct.