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ECHO assessment after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, 2015. Photo credit: EU/ECHO

Independent evaluations are an essential part of the Commission's decision making process. They are required under the Financial Regulation and carried out according to evaluation standards.

According to the Humanitarian Aid Regulation, the Commission must "regularly assess humanitarian aid operations financed by the Community in order to establish whether they have achieved their objectives and to produce guidelines for improving the effectiveness of subsequent operations" (Art. 18). Furthermore, the Commission is obliged to report every three years to the European Parliament and to the Council on the operations financed (Art.20).

For Civil Protection, specific requirements for interim and ex-post evaluation are provided in the Decision on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (Art. 34).

Evaluations are carried out by independent experts who assess the activities of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). Their conclusions and recommendations feed into ECHO's strategic planning, programming, communication policy and to the budgetary cycle.

The evaluation reports are carried out per geographic region or country, and per horizontal theme. Reports from prior to 2008 can be found archived section.

ECHO has set up a Multiple Framework Contract for the Evaluation of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Activities, under which in principle all evaluations are launched.

External links on evaluation

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP)
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

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