We are almost ready to launch CrisisInSight, a new way of doing analysis

CrisisInSight will enable you to compare the severity of crises globally, while providing a forward-looking scan for risks.

We believe that CrisisInSight will be a powerful tool for global decision making and planning and that it will enable a more agile approach to risk management.

CrisisInSight will be launched on 4 June

What is CrisisInSight?

CrisisInSight is the new ACAPS analysis portfolio which captures developments for onset disasters, protracted, and forgotten crises.

ACAPS analysis aims to inform humanitarian decision makers. We advocate for evidence-based decision making in order to help ensure better operational response and allocation of resources.

Our analysis streams include:

Severity: The crisis severity classification is produced using the INFORM Global Crisis Severity Index (GCSI), which is a regularly updated, and easily interpreted model for measuring the severity of humanitarian crisis globally. This global severity analysis is coherent with other types of severity analysis conducted in the field, at a subnational level.

Access: The biannual publication Humanitarian Access Overview provides a snapshot of the most challenging contexts regarding humanitarian access. In this report we also compare the level of humanitarian access between the previous update and the current situation. 

Risk and forward looking: ACAPS Quarterly Risk Analysis outlines a number of key contexts where a notable deterioration may occur within the next six months, leading to a spike in humanitarian needs. In coherence with this approach, ACAPS also leads scenario building exercises at the field level that are tailored to specific situations. Scenario buildings helps to identify potential evolution of the situation, and mitigation and preparation measures.

Trends: ACAPS publishes a Quarterly Trends Report based on the main changes identified by our analysis team for all the monitored humanitarian crises.

What is the methodology behind Crisisinsight?

ACAPS analysts monitor publicly available secondary information on an ongoing basis that feed into the streams of our work. Each of the analysis streams is based on different methods developed by ACAPS or by the INFORM group in the case of the GCSI. 

Read more about methodology

What is the INFORM GCSI?

The INFORM GCSI measures the severity of an existing crisis. ACAPS CrisisInSight combines the results of the GCSI with ACAPS qualitative analysis including a forward-looking scan for risks. 

Read more about the INFORM GCSI 

What are the main sources of information for Crisisinsight?

ACAPS checks all primary and secondary information publicly available taking into consideration those that comply with the following criteria:

•    Authenticity, accuracy, precision and reputation
•    Corroboration/consistency with other independent sources
•    Plausibility in context

Among the volumes of information on humanitarian crisis, it is important to scrutinize the data available and spot dubious data.

Read more about this in our technical brief 'Spotting dubious data'

ACAPS is committed to data privacy and protection, and only use data that has been obtained lawfully and by fair means. Data containing personal information on any individual or private communication is never accessed without the knowledge and consent of the individuals. ACAPS has strong data sharing protocols in place ensuring privacy and do no harm. ACAPS strives for accuracy and transparency and uses safeguards to prevent unauthorised disclosure of data.  

How often will CrisisInSight be updated?

ACAPS analysts are monitoring for humanitarian updates on an ongoing basis and regularly updates the country pages on the ACAPS website. Crisis overviews and special reports are published ad hoc; monthly GCSI datasets are uploaded at the beginning of each month; risk analysis reports and trends analysis reports are released on a quarterly basis; and the humanitarian access overview is updated every six months.

The development of the GCSI and CrisisInSight related products are supported by the European Commission - Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations - ECHO and UK aid from the UK government.