PIM training & learning

Since 2016, PIM trainings targeting humanitarian practitioners and protection coordination fora, have been delivered by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), in partnership with the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) Department.

PIM training is a facilitated learning process to improve the ability of field protection coordination fora to develop more informed protection strategies, and to implement principled, systematized, and collaborative processes to collect, process, analyze, store, share, and use data and information to enable evidence-informed action for quality protection outcomes.

PIM training participants, from a training in 2016.

The PIM training has three primary objectives:

  • Demonstrate how PIM supports, informs, and enables the development of an evidence-informed protection analysis, strategy, and response
  • Develop PIM knowledge, skills, and attitudes that facilitate dialogue and collaboration
  • Develop PIM knowledge and skills to create a PIM plan that informs a protection analysis, strategy, and response

How a PIM training works

The PIM training is designed based on adult learning principles, and are dynamic, interactive and comprehensive.  The training introduces participants to the PIM conceptual framework, inviting them to share their own experiences and present operational challenges around PIM collaboration. Through this process, participants acquire a PIM foundation for better communication and collaboration between protection and information management colleagues, by gaining and refining their existing attitude, skills and knowledge.

Though initially designed as 5-day training, the “PIM Training Resource Pack” can also be used to develop shorter learning events and workshops, including the possibility of integrating PIM learning into other trainings: contact PIM Training Team (pimtraining@drc.ngo) for more information.

PIM training outcomes to date

By June 2018, 216 humanitarian professionals have become “PIM Champions” through completion of PIM training, the details are below:

  • 13 protection clusters;
  • One stand-by roster;
  • Approximately 1/3 PIM Champions with a stronger background in Information Management and 2/3 in protection;
  • 29 PIM Champions trained as trainers – 15 of these with concrete plans to deliver learning events in response to PIM training needs within their region or country operation throughout 2018.

The skills, attitude, and knowledge required to undertake PIM were shared with participants in all PIM trainings.

What participants said about the PIM training

“Our cluster now has a shared understanding of data sensitivity, and know how we can work collaboratively and share it without compromising data protection. Tools and guidance is available for this.”   (Protection Officer, MENA)

“A common approach and a shared vocabulary gives our cluster stronger a stronger basis for collaboration between protection and information management specialized colleagues.” (Protection Cluster Information Management Officer, East Africa)

“Now understanding the different information data and information available within our operation, we are well-prepared for the upcoming HNO/HRP.”   (Information Management Officer, MENA)

PIM training opportunities

Upcoming PIM trainings offered by the PIM Training Team include 5-day trainings in Dakar (23-27 June 2018 for the protection clusters of Burundi, CAR, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Mali and Niger) and Delhi (23 – 27 July 2018 for the Afghanistan Protection Cluster).

In 2018, six PIM trainings will convene participants from protection clusters across operations in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, Latin America and West, Central and East Africa. If your cluster has not received an invitation, but you are interested in learning more about the PIM training, please contact DRC (pimtraining@drc.dk).

Hormud Primary School is located in Ifo camp of Dadaab where 2,044 refugee students currently studying.

Interested in including PIM in an existing training?

The PIM training material is available for use and incorporation into existing training programmes with due credit to the PIM Initiative. Please approach DRC in case of need for support and to inform if you use the PIM training material outside of the PIM training (pimtraining@drc.ngo).

We’d love to hear from you, drop us a line and let us know how PIM has been incorporated into an existing training!

Link up with others trained on PIM!

Who has been trained, and where? Explore the map below to learn more (this map is being updated to reflect those trained in 2018 – stay tuned!).

To find out if there is a PIM trainer in your area, please contact the PIM Training Team (pimtraining@drc.ngo) to learn more.