CHS Guidance Notes and Indicators

The CHS Guidance Notes and Indicators supplement the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). Aimed at all humanitarian actors and organisations involved in planning, managing or implementing a humanitarian response, this document provides clarification on the Key Actions and Organisational Responsibilities laid out in the CHS and examines some of the practical challenges that may arise when applying the CHS. It explains why each of the Nine Commitments of the CHS is important and provides indicators and guiding questions to promote measurement of progress towards meeting the standard and drive continuous learning and improvement.

The first draft of the CHS Guidance Notes and Indicators were made available early in 2015, during which more than 20 organisations fed back on the document. The purpose of the consultation was to allow field workers to apply the CHS in their work, and provide feedback on their experience in doing so, in order that the document could be tested and finalised.  We would like to thank all those who took the time to provide us with informative feedback. An overview of the feedback received, along with the first draft of the CHS Guidance Notes and Indicators is available for reference.

We welcome feedback on the CHS Guidance Notes and Indicators at any time, and will address any questions or concerns that users of the document might have. Please contact us at

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The Core Humanitarian Standard, rooted in the needs and rights of the communities and people affected by crisis and founded in humanitarian principles, will inspire energy and action for improved quality and accountability.
Pauliina Parhiala, Director, ACT Alliance
CHS Alliance
Groupe URD
Sphere Project