Blog: Policy Brief: The Case for Understanding Context

Humanitarians increasingly recognize the importance of ensuring that responses are context-relevant and context-specific, yet how we define context is not evident. ALNAP’s research on how humanitarian response in complex urban contexts can be improved included a literature review, interviews, and revision of 25 existing context tools. This policy brief summarized …

Blog: Evaluation of Protection in Humanitarian Action

We often hear that measuring the impact of protection interventions is too difficult or even impossible. This perception is reflected in the fact that there are very few publications on evaluating protection in humanitarian action. One underlying challenge is that different organizations define protection in various ways, whether as specific …

Results-Based Protection Tip Sheet: Iterative Evaluation Practice for Protection

The humanitarian community has come under increased pressure to achieve more meaningful results with respect to protection programming and demonstrate outcomes manifested through measurably reduced risk. Despite the challenges of measuring tangible protection outcomes in humanitarian crises,[1] using a results-based approach supports measuring the reduction of risk, and continual adaptation …

Event: Practicing Safe Data: A Roundtable Discussion

With new technologies enabling faster data collection and information management, there are opportunities for these technologies to be harnessed for continuous context-specific analysis in support of protection outcomes; however, if not handled responsibly, they can also expose individuals to additional risk. On April 5th, InterAction hosted a roundtable to dive …

Tool: Facilitating Intentional Group Learning: A Practical Guide to 21 Activities

To develop an organizational culture that supports iterative reflection and learning, individuals need opportunities to share data, insights, and experiences with others. The way that learning and reflection sessions are designed and implemented can enable or inhibit the meaningful sharing of ideas and collective problem-solving. From quick informal 20-minute activities …

Tool: Building Collaborative Readiness: Mapping Community Resources

A frequent refrain amongst humanitarian actors is the limited time and financial resources available to support their work. This resource from the Tamarack Institute (drawing on the work of the Ontario Health Communities Coalition) highlights how communities have a range of investments, assets and resources, which can be tapped to …

Tool: Village Histories and Trends

In fall of 2017, InterAction initiated a Call for Examples of tools, methods, and approaches which collect and analyze data and measure changes in protection risks and protection outcomes. Of particular interest were participatory methods and tools which engage the affected population in the response design, data collection, and analysis …

Tool: A Design Experiment: Imagining Alternative Humanitarian Action

Building on the Humanitarian Policy Group’s (HPG) work on remaking humanitarian action for the modern era, HPG, along with their partner ThinkPlace, initiated a design thinking experiment to capture ideas and discussions of major stakeholders to reimagine humanitarian action. The approach aimed to map people’s actual experiences and use those …