Humanitarian results indicators and how they relate to the SDGs

Question

What are the result indicators mostly used for humanitarian action and how do they compare and overlap? How do humanitarian result indicators relate to SDG indicators and where can they connect? Are there any examples of Key Performance indicators that capture evidence across both humanitarian and development areas?

Summary

Donor agencies use a number of indicators for humanitarian action.  In June 2016, ECHO reduced the number of KRIs (Key Results Indicators) it uses from 113 to 35 (ECHO also permits partners to combine pre-defined key results indicators with additional custom indicators).  In addition to the sectors covered in this report ECHO also has humanitarian indicators for mine action and disaster risk reduction / disaster preparedness. DFID does not have any core humanitarian indicators at present. Indicators used by DFID vary across country offices. The research undertaken for this report found very little publicly available information on the humanitarian indicators currently being used by key donor agencies. This report therefore relies heavily on expert input. Moreover, only ECHO provides detailed definitions for each indicator. This makes comparison across donor agencies very difficult.

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Suggested citation

Strachan, A. L. (2017). Humanitarian results indicators and how they relate to the SDGs. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.