Evaluating protection in humanitarian action


ALNAP evaluating protectionDespite the stated centrality of protection in humanitarian action and a growing attention to protection activities, the evaluation of protection has received relatively little attention. ALNAP’s new pilot Guide on Evaluating Protection in Humanitarian Action: Decision-making processes, common issues and challenges seeks to fill this gap, providing insights and guidance to those evaluating protection in the context of humanitarian action. The Guide leads evaluators through a decision-making process in evaluation. It offers guidance on selecting approaches and methods and gathering data, and highlights options and trade-offs. Guidance is provided regarding:


  • How to initiate an evaluation of protection
  • How to address the practical and ethical issues that arise in evaluating protection
  • Particular issues to consider in analyzing and drawing conclusions in evaluations of protection

This guide complements the Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Guide.   

The Guide will be piloted through 2016 and into 2017. The aim of the pilot is to make the resource as practical and useful as possible. ALNAP is encouraging active feedback on the pilot Guide and looking for volunteers to test the guide. If you are interested in providing feedback and/or testing the guide, please contact ALNAP directly at eha@alnap.org or reach out to Neil Dillon—Research Fellow, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability, at ndillon@alnap.org. You can also find a one-pager here that provides an overview of the pilot process.

Currently, the Results-Based Protection Program is in discussion with ALNAP about the guidance as it relates to results-based approaches to protection including the need to evaluate the protection analysis, the causal logic of the overall strategy to address the protection issue, and offering guidance on how to evaluate adaptability of the response. 

The Guide offers good examples of useful and methods that can be used for evaluators but may also be relevant to programmers looking at analysis, program design, and monitoring.