Monitoring and evaluation of the tsunami operation

Evaluations are a key management tool used to support the decision-making, accountability and learning in the Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Below, you can find links to the ongoing tsunami operation evaluations.

The evaluation function enables the International Federation to measure impact of its programmes and operations, learn from experience, take informed decisions, and account for its actions, thereby improving its capacity to fulfil the mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

The Tsunami Legacy: Innovation, Breakthroughs and Change

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was an unprecedented event of global proportions: from India to Indonesia, Yemen to Somalia, the magnitude and scope of the destruction ranks it as one of the greatest natural disasters in recent history.

The subsequent outpouring of concern from across the world in support of relief and reconstruction efforts within the affected communities was equally extraordinary. The nations most affected by the tsunami – India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand – each adopted their own approaches to managing the specific circumstances that confronted them. Innovative solutions were identified to unique (but often common) challenges; solutions that deserve to be highlighted and known.

Full document

(5.8 Mb, 108 pages)


A ripple in development?



Long term perspectives on the response to the Indian Ocean tsunami 2004.

A joint follow-up evaluation of the links between relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD)

This evaluation was commissioned by a group of governments from the region, aid donors and other organisations to review the relevance and the effectiveness of interactions between the interventions to help the populations in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to recover from the 2004 tsunami. (...)

Full evaluation (957 Kb, 164 pages)

Development review (3.6 Mb, 374 pages)


Learning from the tsunami: Mid-term review - Findings overview

Remarkable achievements have been made in assisting those affected by the Tsunami and in learning valuable lessons in the process. However, the role of this study isn’t to stop at applauding these achievements – it is to look ahead and identify key lessons to take forward. Some of these lessons reflect the successes that have already been achieved; others reflect issues that may have been missed or traded off against other priorities at the time. It is important to look not just at the path that was ultimately taken but also at other paths that may have been possible along the way and that would have led to different and better outcomes. (...)

Full document  (201 Kb, 25 pages)



Tsunami recovery impact assessment and monitoring system

Third regional TRIAMS workshop In 2009, 50 government representatives and agency partners participated in the third and final regional Tsunami Recovery Impact Assessment and Monitoring System (TRIAMS) workshop. All TRIAMS documents are available online at: www.who.int/hac/triams.

TRIAMS III report - Full document

(Bangkok, 25–27 February 2009, 1.7 Mb, 66 pages)

More information:
TRIAMS II - Full document
(Bangkok, 21–23 May 2007, 4.4 Mb, 104 pages)

TRIAMS I - Full document (Bangkok, 3–5 May 2006, 2.8 Mb, 90 pages)


Joint evaluation of the international response to the Indian ocean tsunami: Synthesis report

Joint evaluation of the international response to the Indian ocean tsunami: Synthesis report

The Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC) is a multi-agency learning and accountability initiative in the humanitarian sector. It was established in February 2005 in the wake of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis of 26 December 2004.

The TEC is managed by a Core Management Group (CMG) of agencies and TEC staff and consultants are hosted by the ALNAP Secretariat. The CMG provides general oversight and direction for the TEC on behalf of its wider membership.

TEC Synthesis report - Full document (1.6 Mb, 178 pages)

TEC - Executive summary
( 2.8 Mb, 11 pages)

TEC - Funding the tsunami response
(2 Mb, 56 pages)

More information: http://www.alnap.org/initiatives/tec.aspx  

Preliminary Impact Evaluation of the Transitional Shelter Programme in Aceh Province

In mid-2007, the International Federation commissioned an external review of the impact of the transitional shelter programme on the lives of tsunami survivors. The report found that more than 98 per cent of surveyed residents believed that the shelters had been, and will continue to be extremely important in rebuilding their livelihoods.

Real Time Evaluation (RTE)

RTE is analysis of an operation undertaken early-on in order to provide immediate learning. The purpose is to enable management to make changes and alterations as necessary during an ongoing operation in order to ensure that the operation is meeting its objectives.

A RTE is different from an evaluation that is made to ensure accountability in terms of how money is spent or to register the ultimate impact of what has been done. Such evaluations are done as mid-term exercises or after the completion of an operation.

The RTEs were commissioned to take stock of the progress of operational management, cooperation and coordination, to identify solutions to problems, and to provide recommendations to host and partner NS, the Federation and donors for any necessary changes to management and coordination, implementation and the work programme.

The first round (RTE1) started on the 7th of February 2005 and was completed on the 15th of March 2005 by the submission of the 1st draft of the synthesis report. The second round (RTE2) started by the 7th of August 2005 and the first draft of the synthesis report was submitted on the 7th of October 2005.

La Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge constitue, avec ses 190 Sociétés nationales membres, le plus vaste réseau humanitaire du monde. En tant que membres du Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, nous sommes guidés dans notre travail par sept Principes fondamentaux: humanité, impartialité, neutralité, indépendance, volontariat, unité et universalité.