This scoping study focuses on defining and reviewing the effects of
different protection activities implemented by humanitarian and human
rights organizations. Its core task is to identify key obstacles in
defining and measuring what works in protection.
In this study, the term “humanitarian and human rights protection” in
emergency settings refers to a set of activities that are concerned with
countering violence and other patterns of harm such as sexual
exploitation, discrimination, forced displacement and separation of
families. Different protection activities are classified into three
distinct types of interventions:
Protection intervention type 1: Providing remedy to individual victims
Protection intervention type 2: Reducing risk exposure
Protection intervention type 3: Changing harmful behavior of primary
Chapter 1 of the report provides an introduction. Chapter 2 describes
the research approach and methods used to gather and analyze data.
Chapter 3 presents the conceptual framework of the study that guides the
subsequent discussion on the effects of different types of protection
interventions implemented by humanitarian and human rights actors.
Drawing on academic literature and evaluation reports, chapter 4
provides a summary description of the quantity and quality of available
evidence on successful protection interventions. Chapter 5 sketches out
three possible questions for further research into the effects of
humanitarian and human rights protection. These are:
- What are common protection problems and related modes of action used
across different contexts and organizations?
- What are appropriate methods and processes for determining impact and
change triggered by different types of protection interventions?
- What are common external factors that enhance or limit the success of
different protection interventions across contexts?
Reichhold, U.; Binder, A.; Niland, N. Scoping study: what works in protection and how do we know? Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Berlin, Germany (2013) 92 pp.
Scoping study: what works in protection and how do we know?