SIIM Roadmap

Step 4. Informed decision making and policy design


Share incident data externally


Inform operational decisions


Inform organisational policy


Inform staff of decisions made

Robust incident data collection and analysis can allow senior management to make strategic and policy-level decisions. These decisions may include:

  • In which countries to operate
  • Security strategies to prioritise (acceptance, protection, or deterrence)
  • Ways to communicate about programs to beneficiaries donors the public and other stakeholders
  • When to use incident information for advocacy purposes.

Incident data can evidence:

  • Violence against aid workers
  • Disruption of aid
  • Humanitarian access restrictions
  • Violence against or challenges faced by local populations.

This information can lead to policy activities related to:

  • Improving humanitarian access
  • The protection of aid workers
  • Adherence to international humanitarian law
  • Raising awareness of operational constraints and security issues with donors stakeholders and other actors
  • Seeking justice for victims of breaches of criminal humanitarian or human rights law.

Individuals or specific cases should never be exposed for the purpose of making a political point. Collective data reduces this risk through anonymity in numbers.

Learn More

Chapter 2, Objective 4 – Strategic decision making, 4.2 Analysis of trends to inform strategic decision-making, 4.3 Organisational structures to discuss strategic security issues & 4.4 How to use incident information on sexual violence at a strategic level. Consult SIIM Handbook, pages 57, 61 & 62.