INFORM Severity Index Dashboard

About the ACAPS INFORM Severity Index

The ACAPS INFORM Severity Index is a tool used for assessing and comparing the severity of humanitarian crises globally. It's a collaborative project involving various organizations, including the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), the European Commission, and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

Key features of the ACAPS INFORM Severity Index include:

Why we use it?

The ACAPS INFORM Severity Index is particularly relevant for organizations like ARAC International Inc., involved in security risk management and humanitarian analysis. It provides a structured and data-driven approach to understanding and responding to complex emergencies, aligning well with frameworks that focus on global security and humanitarian response.


The INFORM Severity Index is a comprehensive index that integrates 31 essential indicators, organized into three key areas: the impact of the crisis, the state of the affected individuals, and the complexity of the situation. Each indicator is evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5. These individual scores are then combined to form components, which are further categorized into the three main dimensions and an overall severity classification, using a specific analytical framework.

The importance of each dimension in determining the overall severity is weighted differently: the impact of the crisis is given a 20% weight, the conditions of the affected population a 50% weight, and the complexity of the situation a 30% weight. These weightings are currently the best approximations and are subject to refinement through expert assessment and statistical techniques. Depending on its total score, a crisis is classified into one of five categories, which range from very low to high severity.

Visit ACAPS website for more information on the INFORM Severity Index.