IRC-DRC Results-Based Protection Analysis Project

Attention! Attention! Attention all protection enthusiasts!!! The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in collaboration with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is amid a two-year BHA-funded Results-Based Protection Analysis Project. The project is focused on supporting protection teams to strengthen their quality and use of protection analysis while additionally considering the needs of protection frontline workers, coordination actors and personnel engaged in steering broader humanitarian response strategies. The project is using a human-centered design approach that has been piloted in Nigeria and Iraq to examine how protection analysis is done and explore what tools and factors help make the process most effective. The project aims to deliver a resource package that is ‘practical and fit-for-purpose.’

As a crucial part of the project, IRC and DRC engaged in a resource mapping of 146 tools, guidance notes, trainings, resources, and research studies related to protection analysis. The mapping will serve as a basis to identify gaps, document strengths, and reveal opportunities to adapt existing tools used by frontline and coordination actors as well as decision-makers. The resource mapping methodology consisted of:

  • A review of IRC and DRC’s internal resources,
  • A search and screen of electronically available literature on protection analysis from other organizations,
  • And soliciting resources used by project key stakeholders (including advisory group members and frontline protection staff).

Findings from the resource mapping indicate that there is no generalizable tool for continuous protection analysis but rather a combination of different resources, tools, methods which are necessary over a specified period. Complimenting the findings from the resource mapping, the project also contains an annex list of sample resources. The annex expands upon the previously mentioned findings and provides a detailed description of 18 sample resources. Resources include tools from Translators without Borders, ChildFund, CARE International, ACAPS, and many others.

Following the conclusion of resource mapping, the project progressed into consultation. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for in-person design activities, IRC and DRC have worked with their country-based colleagues to hold a series of small virtual sessions to cover the original in-person workshop content. Testing varying approaches has allowed for the next phase of the project where the initial learning will be shared with frontline colleagues, coordination actors, and response leadership in Nigeria and Iraq. These discussions from the formative consultation process will result in a Protection Analytical Framework. The framework will support a structured and organized guide to protection analysis that can be used to engage local and national partners who possess an understanding of the context and risk environment and utilize creative problem-solving approaches.