Closing the loop: Effective feedback in humanitarian contexts

Bonino, F. with Jean, I. and P. Knox Clarke
Publication language
Date published
01 Mar 2014
Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Accountability to affected populations (AAP), Participation, Comms, media & information, Complaints and feedback mechanisms, Engaging with affected populations, Monitoring, Two-way communication
Use in Humanitarian Programme Cycle
Strategic response planning, Implementation & monitoring

This guidance is intended for people designing /or implementing feedback mechanisms
in a humanitarian programme, and in particular in cases where such mechanisms are
established to:

  • operate at the level of the individual programme or project
  • operate in the context of ongoing humanitarian operations or humanitarian programming (but not necessarily in the immediate phases of relief and response after a sudden-onset crisis)
  • provide usable information for adjusting and improving some elements of the actions carried out and services delivered
  • deal with a broad caseload of non-sensitive issues (feedback) in addition to sensitive ones (complaints). Mechanisms designed exclusively to address sexual exploitation and abuse allegations were excluded from this study and related guidance, on the assumption that they may require special design ‘features’ (such as mechanisms to allow for the collection of evidence that could be used in legal processes) and might address issues of acknowledgement of feedback, validation and anonymity/confidentiality in very specific ways.