Reports and resources
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.
IRC senior education director Sarah Smith named as one of Foreign Policy's Global Thinkers 2016
The Muppets are embarking on humanitarian missions. In spring 2016, Sherrie Westin, executive vice president of global impact and philanthropy for the Sesame Workshop, and Sarah Smith, a director at the International Rescue Committee, announced a collaboration to develop educational programs for refugee children.
A review of context analysis tools for urban humanitarian response
This desk review aims to provide an audit and analysis of existing context analysis tools along the themes of governance and power analysis; vulnerability, social and conflict analysis; and urban systems analysis.
Needs assessment tools, response analysis frameworks and targeting guidance for urban humanitarian response
This desk review aims to provide an audit and analysis of existing needs assessments, response analysis frameworks and targeting approaches for use in urban post-conflict emergency response.
Early solutions planning in displacement
Early solutions planning encompasses steps to build the self-reliance and resilience of refugees and host communities, as well as prepare refugees for future durable solutions.
Violence prevention and response at the International Rescue Committee: adolescent girls
The IRC recognizes that with support and investment, adolescent girls can transform their lives and their communities. Working with girls instead of on behalf of girls, the IRC’s programs are driven and led by girls in a way that empowers them long into the future.
Learning from Lesbos: Lessons from the IRC's emergency response in the urban areas of Lesbos
This report underlines the importance of a coordinated and collaborative approach to emergency response in urban areas. The recommendations, addressed primarily to humanitarian actors, reflect lessons learned from the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) initial emergency response programming on the island of Lesbos, Greece, between September 2015 and March 2016.
Forced displacement in urban areas: what needs to be done
The average length of displacement is between 20 to 30 years and 6 out of 10 refugees are in urban areas, in cities and towns across the globe. At least half of all IDPs are also in urban areas.
Violence prevention and response at the International Rescue Committee
The Violence, Prevention and Response (VPR) unit implements programming that prevents violence against women, children, especially girls, and other vulnerable groups, and responds to it when it does occur.
Research, evaluation and learning at the International Rescue Committee: outcomes and measurement
Rather than measure success by outputs that result from activities, the IRC is invested in interventions proven to be effective based on our research and experience.
Research, evaluation and learning at the International Rescue Committee: evidence generating for effectiveness
In cases where evidence is weak or does not exist, the IRC is committed to generating evidence. Evidence generation strengthens the IRC’s understanding of what works to achieve outcomes in humanitarian settings.