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The International Rescue Committee uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our research and resources. 


Feedback to Action: Strategies to improve the use of feedback in programmatic decision-making

This report summarizes the learnings from a research project conducted by IRC, in partnership with CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, to identify factors that enable feedback utilization in programmatic decision-making within humanitarian agencies. 

January 29, 2018

Public service delivery in contexts of urban displacement

This paper discusses how humanitarian actors may help strengthen existing service delivery infrastructures and assist local service providers to meet increasing demand from displaced populations.

December 20, 2017

No safe place

The study used quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the situation of women and girls in ve settings in South Sudan: Juba City, Juba County, Rumbek Centre, two Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites in Juba, and one PoC site in Bentiu.

November 29, 2017

A safe place to shine

Creating Opportunities through Mentoring, Parental Involvement and Safe Spaces (COMPASS) was implemented with refugees living in camps on the Sudan/Ethiopia border, conflict-affected communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and displaced populations in north-west Pakistan.

November 27, 2017

East Mosul, Iraq labor market assessment

The International Rescue Committee produced this labor market assessment in East Mosul, Iraq, to provide insights into the market context for the purposes of humanitarian and early recovery response.

November 17, 2017

Treating malnutrition in the community

The IRC conducted a pilot in South Sudan to determine the feasibility of low-literate community health workers providing treatment for severe acute malnutrition in their communities.

November 10, 2017

Escaping the subprime trap: Lessons from auto-lending to refugees on the fast track to economic integration

The results of the IRC’s research suggest that expansion of socially-minded consumer financing paired with financial education, and other asset-building programs, could help more low-income families achieve financial stability and at the same time reduce the risks the current subprime auto loan market represents to the overall U.S. economy.

October 26, 2017

Designing for a change in perspective: embracing client perspectives in humanitarian project design

This report reflects key learning about agencies’ practices and barriers to collect and use client perspectives in humanitarian project design.

October 23, 2017

A new model for delivering cash relief

The IRC’s cash research priorities aim to understand how best cash can be delivered to achieve greater scale and better outcomes for people affected by crises. This briefing shares the results of the IRC’s year-long research and development effort to improve the speed and cost efficiency of delivering cash assistance.

October 23, 2017

Parenting in displacement adapting Vroom for displaced Syrian families

Over 3.7 million Syrian children have been born into violence, poverty and displacement since the brutal war in Syria began over six years ago. Under these conditions, too many children lack stable, nurturing and enriching environments – including frequent interactions with caregivers that promote learning, and development. This case study provides a look at the process of adapting and piloting Vroom for Syrian refugee parents and families. Vroom empowers parents and caregivers of young children to turn everyday moments into brain building moments.

October 11, 2017