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Research, Analysis and Data Collection Methods

Research on TIP in stable contexts already presents significant challenges from a methodological and operations perspective, as TIP is a hidden phenomenon and furthermore, a crime. Research and information management on TIP also face further challenges due to the sensitivity of the topic and the ethical concerns research on TIP raises. 


IOM Counter-Trafficking in Emergencies

The guide aims to provide an agile support to include CT information management into existing information management mechanisms in humanitarian contexts and to foster cooperation between information management experts, thematic experts, protection practitioners and decision-makers.


IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)

The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) gathers and analyzes data to disseminate critical multi layered information on the mobility, vulnerabilities, and needs of displaced and mobile populations that enables decision makers and responders to provide these populations with better context specific assistance.


DTM & Partners Toolkit

DTM data is shared with humanitarian actors to inform response. In partnership with many of the Global Clusters, Areas of Responsibility and Working Groups, DTM has developed tools to support and strengthen cooperation in the field and ensure that the data collected is useful to Partners’ humanitarian responses.



Protection Information Management (PIM)

The PIM Initiative is a collaborative project, facilitated by DRC and UNHCR, bringing together UN, NGO, and other protection and IM partners working to respond to protection needs in situations of displacement. PIM is the principled, systematised, and collaborative processes to collect, process, analyse, store, share, and use data and information to enable evidence-informed action for quality protection outcomes.



Global Protection Cluster, Gender-Based Violence and Child-Protection AoRs


Ethics and Principles in Humanitarian Information Management


Data Protection


Ethical Concerns in TIP and Thematic Research


Indicators Key Sources


Research methods