InterAction’s Protection Working Group launched a program in 2012 to develop and promote a results-based approach to protection. Since then, activities have helped to gather experts and experienced practitioners to actively contribute to identification, review, validation, and use of the key elements supporting results-based approaches.
Key areas of work: InterAction has taken a collaborative approach to better explore how results-based approaches to protection can support humanitarian action throughout the program cycle.
- Field Support: InterAction has carried out several field missions to support actors in humanitarian crises to critically examine current approaches to protection. This entails examination of successes and challenges seen at each stage of program design, including conception, assessment and analysis processes that lead to defining objectives and indicators, as well as steps taken to develop strategies, implement, and monitor. Several country missions use a participatory methodology to concurrently analyze from the perspective of affected communities. Field missions are accompanied by workshops on results-based protection and have supported actors with continuous protection analysis, designing for results, developing context-specific pathways or a causal logic, and designing for contribution across multiple sectors and disciplines.
- Dialogue: In addition, through a series of webinars and monthly practitioner calls with relevant stakeholders, the key elements have been discussed and critiqued through practical examples that help examine the requirements and environment necessary to use results-based approaches. Enabling factors such as resources, processes, and organizational culture have been reviewed to more systematically strengthen the uptake of results-based protection.
- Assessments and Reviews: InterAction produces a regular RBP Update that is shared across listservs and various social media outlets including collaboration with other newsletters and multiple sector forums. The RBP Update provides a space to share new reports, methods, tools, and events that support and/or promote the use of results-based approaches. These materials are then stored within the on-line that can be used by individuals seeking further information, guidance, and tools. Periodically, InterAction will initiate and facilitate Calls for Examples to assess and analyze materials used by actors within humanitarian action and across other sectors and disciplines. Review and analysis of materials helps to promote what already exists, avoid duplication of resource development, and enhance approaches that could be more outcome-oriented with a few changes or additions.
Future Areas of Work: Results-Based Protection Learning Network
Over time, it is expected that results-based protection will support a fundamental shift in how interventions to enhance protection are assessed and designed, their theories of change articulated, implemented, and monitored. The key elements of a results-based approach to protection not only support evidence-informed methods for prevention and response, they provide a basis for informing policy decisions towards the protection concerns faced in a given crisis. With a stronger evidence base supporting complementarity among actors and multi-sectoral programming, it is expected that protection will figure more centrally in inter-agency humanitarian strategies.