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Inter-Agency Real Time Evaluation of the Humanitarian Response to Pakistan's 2010 Flood Crisis

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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Executive Summary:

This is the report of the Real Time Evaluation of the International Humanitarian Community’s response to the 2010 Floods in Pakistan. The evaluation was commissioned by the Inter‐Agency Standing Committee (IASC), funded by OCHA and undertaken by a team of four evaluators between January and March 2011. The team visited Pakistan two times.

The first mission took place in January to undertake an extended field visit in three of the worst affected Provinces to interview aid providers and aid recipients as well as to at federal level, observe patterns of the response and collect evidence (a teleconference was organised with representatives from Balochistan). An initial debriefing was held with the HCT to present preliminary findings. Within two weeks a draft report was shared.

In mid‐February, during the second visit, three provincial and a national workshop were held with key stakeholders involved in the humanitarian response to the floods. Findings, conclusions and recommendations were initially presented by the team leader during the workshops. Then, stakeholders jointly validated and prioritized recommendations and defined the organization(s) responsible to implement them (by whom) and timelines (by when). The main changes in the formulations resulted from group discussions. This process contributed to boost the ownership of the evaluation recommendations and fostered real time learning among stakeholders engaged. Once workshops ended the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator agreed that the HCT would draw an implementation plan of the recommendations outlined below.

Following the second visit to Pakistan, headquarter debriefings were held in with IASC representatives Geneva and New York.

As this participatory and utilization focused approach is new to Inter Agency Real Time Evaluations a lessons learned exercise on the process will be held in Geneva in mid April so that in can be integrated in future IA RTEs.