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The 8+3 Template: A New Way of Standardizing, Simplifying and Harmonizing Humanitarian Reporting
GFFO & ICVA
01 Sep 2019

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The purpose of the harmonized reporting template, also called ‘8+3 template’, is to standardize, simplify and harmonize the reporting of humanitarian projects and programs. The template is desigend to cover the full range of humanitarian activities, from short-term projects to multi-annual programs. The more donors and partners use this template, the greater the effects of a reduced workload. The 8+3 template has three main sections: The first section provides basic administrative information about the project/program. The second section contains the eight questions that capture the most important aspects of the project/program. The third section contains a selection of additional questions that allow capturing more specific aspects donors may require. Up to three such additional questions can be chosen.



The Grand Bargain: A vehicle for simplification?
VOICE
20 Jun 2019

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Report from the workshop on simplification 'The Grand Bargain: A vehicle for simplification?' held in Paris in November 2018.

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Harmonized Reporting Pilot: Key Information for Policymakers
Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
12 Jun 2019

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Piloting the harmonized reporting template showed that most users view the new template as a significant improvement over existing donor templates since it simplifies and standardizes the reporting process considerably. As such, the new harmonized reporting template is an important building block in achieving the Grand Bargain commitment to “simplify and harmonize reporting requirements.”



Harmonizing Reporting Pilot: Final Review
Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
12 Jun 2019

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This review report details the results of the ‘Harmonizing Reporting Pilot’ and the experience of donors and partners with the harmonized reporting template, also called ‘8+3 template’. Piloting the harmonized reporting template for the last two years showed that most users view the new template as a significant improvement over existing donor templates, because it simplifies and standardizes the narrative reporting process considerably. As such, the new harmonized reporting template is an important building block in achieving the Grand Bargain commitment to “simplify and harmonize reporting requirements.“

Iraq
Myanmar
Somalia

The 8+3 Template: Essential Guidance on Using the New Harmonized Reporting Template
GFFO & ICVA
01 May 2019

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As part of the Grand Bargain, donors committed to making humanitarian assistance less bureaucratic by harmonizing and simplifying their reporting requirements. To this end, a short, unified reporting template was developed, called the the harmonized reporting template or the ‘8+3 Template’ due to the maximum number of questions that should be asked. This guidance is intended to assist primarily donors but also partners in using the 8+3 template. It contains good practice examples, as well as guidance on how to adapt the template for progress reports, final reports, and reporting on programs. Its aim is to support efficient reporting without compromising the information needs donors have.



The 8+3 Template: Key Information on the New Harmonized Reporting Standard
GFFO & ICVA
01 Jan 2019

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In line with the Grand Bargain commitment to simplify and harmonize reporting requirements, the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and ICVA developed a simplified reporting template – called the “8+3 template” – in 2017. Based on common reporting practices, it contains of up to 8 “core” questions and up to 3 “additional” questions, hence its name, and seeks to reduce the often large investments of time and resources needed to complete reports.



Harmonizing Reporting Pilot: Mid-Term Review
Global Public Policy Institute
26 Jul 2018

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This review details the experiences with and results of the “Harmonizing Reporting Pilot” up to its mid-point. The Harmonizing Reporting Pilot is an international reform pilot which seeks to simplify the reporting of humanitarian activities by testing a standardized template. Supported by 12 donors and 23 partners across three pilot countries (Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia), it is the first time such a system-wide reform takes place. The initial results are encouraging: the new template is appreciated for its accessible language and one third of users feels it saves time. Yet the review also shows areas for improvement: the new standardized template is not as widely used as it could be and the initial “one-size-fits-all” approach has its limits. As a result, adjustments to the template and further guidance on how to use it are necessary

Myanmar

Harmonizing Reporting Pilot Mid-Term Review
ICVA and Germany FFO
23 Jul 2018

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This review details the experiences with and results of the “Harmonizing Reporting Pilot” up to its mid-point. The Harmonizing Reporting Pilot is an international reform pilot which seeks to simplify the reporting of humanitarian activities by testing a standardized template. Supported by 12 donors and 23 partners across three pilot countries (Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia), it is the first time such a system-wide reform takes place.

Iraq
Myanmar
Somalia

Concept Note: Piloting a Common Donor Reporting Framework
ICVA and Germany FFO
01 Aug 2017

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As one of the 10 workstreams of the Grand Bargain initiative, donors and aid organizations committed to harmonize and simplify reporting requirements by the end of 2018. Specific commitments include reducing volume, identifying core requirements, developing a common report structure, and investing in technology and reporting systems. In order to work toward achieving these commitments, a select group of donors, UN agencies, and humanitarian organizations have committed to pilot a common reporting framework over a two-year period.

Iraq
Myanmar
Somalia

 

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