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.
Lake Chad's unseen crisis: voices of refugees and internally displaced people from Niger and Nigeria
The violent seven-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last three years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, causing a growing humanitarian crisis in a region known as the Lake Chad Basin.
Outcomes and evidence framework
This interactive experience supports people working in development and humanitarian aid to design effective programs. It delivers key information on outcomes related to health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power through theories of change that demonstrate how to achieve these outcomes, evidence for which interventions work or don’t work to achieve the outcomes, and guidance on how to measure progress against the outcomes.
Policy brief: beyond survival, refugees' pursuit of livelihoods in Jordan and Lebanon
The Syria crisis, now in its sixth year, has left millions displaced from their homes, seeking refuge from the violence of war. Refugees in host countries like Jordan and Lebanon are desperate to rebuild their lives, but face significant barriers to finding employment. Without livelihood opportunities, refugees and host communities are unable to meet their basic needs and support their families.
Strategy 2020: the outcomes and evidence framework—evidence maps
Understanding, referencing, and applying the best available research are critical elements of the IRC’s approach to being an outcomes-driven and evidence-based organization. Whether it is to examine options for a crisis- response program or intervention, how a project was previously operationalized, or what activities were or were not successful in a given context, knowing the research is essential for better impact and greater effectiveness.
Systematic cost analysis (SCAN) tool fact sheet
Humanitarian emergencies are growing at a time when resources are increasingly constrained. To help humanitarian actors develop and implement programs that efficiently target and apply funds for greater effectiveness, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) created and is piloting an innovative costing tool. The Systematic Cost Analysis (SCAN) tool will simplify the process of conducting cost analyses for country- based and technical staff, ultimately facilitating program decision-making processes to achieve greater reach and impact for crisis-affected populations.
Cost analysis methodology at the IRC
Humanitarian organizations do not routinely use cost data to compare the efficiency or effectiveness of different interventions and delivery models, and as a result policy makers and practitioners have little data with which to make infromed decisions about where to spend in a humanitarian response. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is committed to maximizing the impact of each dollar spent to improve clients' lives. If we have better information about the cost efficiency and cost effectiveness of our interventions, we will be more effective at doing so.
Cost effectiveness: community governance training
Within Zimbabwe, traditional leaders comprising chiefs, headmen, and village heads play an important role in local governance, managing community resource and maintaining stability. Lack of understanding by traditional leaders – and of communities – of their roles and responsibilities vis-à-vis local legislation has created local tensions, lessening these leaders’ perceived impartiality and creating conflict within communities.
Cost efficiency: teacher professional development
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leader in education programs that promote the wellbeing of conflict- and crisis-affected children and youth. Education programming takes many forms, including the building of school structures, material support for classrooms, advocacy work amongst government ministries, and several types of support for teachers. Meta analyses from developed and developing country contexts have demonstrated positive linkages between teacher professional development and student achievement.
Cost effectiveness: parental coaching programs
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) implements parenting and family skills programs in fragile and conflict-affected areas around the world to encourage safe home environments for vulnerable children. Such interventions seek to reduce the violence and insecurity that children might face within their homes while encouraging positive physical and mental development. Such programs are standard in the United States, but their implementation in conflict areas has not been fully studied.
Cost efficiency: malnutrition treatment
In the past decade, the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) has dramatically shifted from an inpatient model of treatment to community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programs, where care is given to patients without complications on an outpatient basis through community centers. A number of studies have shown that outpatient therapeutic programs are more effective and cost effective than inpatient protocols, but most of these studies were undertaken in relatively stable low-income environments.