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 CHS assessment tool provides guidance and advice for organisations going through such an exercise, as well as through a peer-review exercise. It also provides 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.
The CHS self-assessment tool (v2) consists of the following two documents:
There are many benefits for an organisation that conducts a CHS assessment, including:
In addition, each organisation completing one of the verification options will also assess its performance on key cross-cutting issues. The CHS Alliance has used indicators from the nine commitments to develop indexes that reflect how well the organisation performs across three of these areas:
All CHS Alliance members commit to ‘have a documented organisational commitment to quality and accountability’, and the CHS Alliance secretariat strongly encourages its members to fulfil this commitment by evaluating performance against the CHS. The secretariat offers a range of support for the various verification options, including:
The CHS Alliance requires members to provide their CHS assessment or third-party reports for analysis and the identification of solutions to collective problems. The secretariat keeps all reports confidential.
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.