The Interagency Health and Nutrition Evaluation initiative in humanitarian crises: Moving from single-agency to joint, sectorwide evaluations


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  • The authors would like to thank various contributors who gave valuable input during the Interagency Health and Nutrition Evaluation (IHE) initiative. In particular, thanks are due to the many IHE working group members, including Ellen Girard-Barclay (consultant), Kate Burns (United Nations High Commission for Refugees [UNHCR]), Carmen Aramburu (UNHCR), Fathia Abdalla (UNHCR), Nadine Cornier (UNHCR), Susie Villeneuve (UNICEF), Peter Giesen (Médecins Sans Frontières-H), Elizabeth Berryman (Save the Children Fund UK), Linda Doull (Merlin), Oleg Bilhuka (CDC), Muireann Brennan (CDC), and members of the Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration of the U.S. Department of State. Furthermore, we would like to thank everybody who took part in the implementation of the IHEs. Thanks are also due to BPRM, which funded the development of these guidelines.


The authors focus on the growing international momentum for interagency or joint evaluations of humanitarian response. The Interagency Health and Nutrition Evaluation (IHE) initiative, established in 2003, is described and analyzed in this chapter. The aims of IHE are described, as are the five components in the IHE framework of analysis: outcomes, service performance, policy and planning, risks to health and nutrition, and humanitarian context. This chapter focuses on lessons learned and identifies options for institutionalizing IHEs. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the American Evaluation Association.