How to use this chapter
The Core Standards are essential process standards shared by all sectors. They provide a single reference point for approaches that underpin all the standards in the Handbook. Each chapter, therefore, requires the companion use of the Core Standards to help attain its own standards.
There are six Core Standards:
- People-centred humanitarian response
- Coordination and collaboration
- Design and response
- Performance, transparency and learning
- Aid worker performance
Each Core Standard is structured as follows:
- The Core Standard: It is qualitative in nature and specifies the level to be attained in humanitarian response.
- Key actions: These are suggested activities and inputs to help meet the standards.
- Key indicators: These are ‘signals’ that show whether a standard has been attained. They provide a way of measuring and communicating the processes and results of key actions; they relate to the minimum standard, not to the key action.
- Guidance notes: These include specific points to consider when applying the minimum standards, key actions and key indicators in different situations. They provide guidance on tackling practical difficulties, benchmarks or advice on priority issues. They may also include critical issues relating to the standards, actions or indicators, and describe dilemmas, controversies or gaps in current knowledge.
The key indicators of the Core Standards accommodate wide variations in a user’s application and context. Measurable and time-bound specifications for each indicator are highly context- and sector-specific. Users should therefore adapt the key indicators to their particular situation, as appropriate.
A select list of references and further reading is included at the end of this chapter.