For over 15 years, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has supported out of school children and youth to regain access to schooling by supporting Alternative Education (AE) programming. Such programming has been and continues to be implemented across a number of the countries and regions in which NRC is responding to humanitarian and early recovery situations. While individual AE programmes have been evaluated and assessed at various points, to date, there has not been an organisation-wide review of this activity. This meta-evaluation is seen by NRC as an opportunity to share evidence-based best practices and lessons learned from the different phases of the humanitarian and early recovery response with other education actors. Additionally, the meta-evaluation aims to identify both positive and negative patterns in terms of the design, delivery, and assessment of impact of AE provision across a range of contexts and phases of the humanitarian responses. Findings from this meta-evaluation will help strengthen NRC’s capacity to design, deliver and evaluate quality AE programmes and responses. It is also aimed to fill some critical gaps in the AE evidence base to date.