The Interactive Handbook is a digital platform that provides online access to the Sphere Handbook and other sets of humanitarian standards in multiple languages.
Since January 2020, the Interactive Handbook is truly interactive: it now allows you to contribute to it through your own user comments and to view additional content.
Sphere will check user-submitted content for its relevance and validity and, if accepted, make it visible to other users of the Interactive Handbook. All submitted content is stored and will be available to inform the next edition.After logging-in, users of the Interactive Handbook can now comment on content, and support or challenge it with evidence.
The Sphere Handbook’s authority within the humanitarian field is built on its methodology:
“The standards are informed by available evidence and humanitarian experience. They present best practice based on broad consensus.” (2018 Sphere Handbook, page 6)
One of Sphere’s major contributions to the humanitarian sector is to bring the collective wisdom of thousands of humanitarian actors into each new edition of the handbook. During the latest revision in 2017-2018, over 2,000 people submitted over 4,500 comments during two rounds of public consultations, and 60 in-person revision consultation events brought together hundreds of experts to discuss key themes.
But the world does not stand still between handbook revisions! While the core content (i.e. the printed book) will not change between revisions, Sphere is committed to keeping the discussion ongoing at all times, and we now have the technology to bring this to a new level.
Following a screening process to determine its eligibility, the quality of each submitted comment and document is assessed by experts against the following five criteria:
For comments that represent an individual opinion or a personal experience, the assessment process may be lighter, but any arguments should be well supported, and comments must add value to other users of the Interactive Handbook for them to be made visible.
We welcome the following kinds of submissions:
Of course, what we expect and what you decide to contribute may not be the same thing, and that’s fine! If you have something to share with us, or with other users of the handbook, then please use the Interactive Handbook to do so. We’ll adapt depending on how you decide to use it.
First of all, ACCESS THE INTERACTIVE HANDBOOK.
(As of January 2020, user comments are being accepted on the English Sphere Handbook only.)
While using the English Sphere Handbook, click this icon to create a user account.
|Once authenticated, use the icon to show/hide the user comments panel.|
|To submit a new comment, click (bottom-right of screen), or simply highlight (or double-click on mobile devices) the section of text you wish to comment on.|
By inviting content between revisions in this manner, we are embarking on a new adventure, and we invite you to come with us. The approach and the technology will evolve over the coming months, and we welcome your thoughts and ideas as to our direction of travel.
To contact us directly, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.