As part of our shared commitment to transparency and accountability, the DEC works with its members to assess their responses to each disaster for which we appeal. Through a system of independent reviews and evaluations we ensure high standards are being met, as well as gathering knowledge for future emergency responses.
These are conducted soon enough after a disaster to influence and improve the way a response is evolving. Independent consultants will visit the affected region within three to six months of the appeal launch, and offer advice and recommendations that enable changes and improvements to be made during the remainder of the relief effort. These reports are published in full by the DEC.
All response reviews can be found under the relevant appeal section.
DEC MILESTONE REPORTING
At key milestones during an emergency response, such as after six months, or a year, the DEC will publish in detail an update on the programmes - how our members are spending appeal funds, and what they have delivered in the disaster area.
All milestone updates can be found under the relevant appeal section.
MEMBER AGENCY EVALUATIONS
A requirement of DEC membership is that for each appeal, four or five of our members will commission an independent evaluation of their work. These member evaluations are published in full or in summary form, and usually carried out within a year of an appeal.
All member agency evaluations can be found under the relevant appeal section.
These are broader, more long term assessments that can often be conducted around a theme, such as what can be learnt about responding to a disaster in an urban environment, as was the case with the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
The collective initiative report for typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 looked at how aid agencies contribute to change, attempting to measure how the lives of those affected by the disaster were changed by the typhoon, and the subsequent aid response.