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

By the end of 2020, over 500 humanitarian professionals have become “PIM Champions” through completion of the full five-day PIM training.

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 a stronger basis for collaboration between protection and information management specialized colleagues.” (Protection Cluster Information Management Officer, East Africa)

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


To learn more, watch this video on the PIM training of trainers.

PIM training opportunities

Upcoming PIM trainings include a global PIM Training-of-Trainers (PIM ToT), which has the goal of expanding the pool of strategically positioned trainers who can offer PIM training as an extension of their existing areas of responsibility.

If you are interested in learning more about PIM training opportunities, please contact DRC (pimtraining@drc.ngo).


Interested in using the PIM Training Resource Pack?

This PIM Training Resource Pack it is designed to enhance fundamental PIM competencies through five different training packages, and offers comprehensive and user-friendly instructions for how to plan and deliver learning events. Its purpose is to make PIM learning widely accessible to a global audience of humanitarian professionals and related stakeholders. It is available for use and incorporation into existing training programmes with due credit to the PIM Initiative.

Please find the PIM Training Resource Pack here.

PIM e-learning!

This 30-minute e-learning course introduces PIM as a discipline, presents some of the key components of the PIM Conceptual Framework and explores its relevance for principled, systematised and collaborative work with data and information, for better protection outcomes for affected people in displacement situations.

We hope that this e-learning will further create ownership and foster use of the PIM Conceptual Framework, by colleagues and stakeholders across humanitarian and development contexts.

The e-learning module can be accessed on mobile, tablet and computer and. Click to access in English, French, or Spanish

PIM Trainers around the world

To see if there is a PIM Trainer near you, click here.

PIM Trainings delivered

Over 500 people have been trained on PIM! Who has been trained, and where? Explore the map below to learn more.

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

Protection Analysis Training Package

A Protection Analysis Training Package was elaborated to provide learners with the appropriate tools and activities to operationalize protection analysis in their on-going daily activities. It is therefore intended to convey a thorough and integrated protection analysis, and is specifically designed to be align with the Protection Analytical Framework (PAF), that serves as the conceptual backbone to the initiative.

Click here to access the Protection Analytical Framework Introduction in English.
Click here to access the Protection Analytical Framework Introduction in Spanish.

You can also download the PAF Analysis Tools in English (here) and in Spanish (here).

Additional materials are available, such as the Protection Analysis Training Facilitation Guide and all of the Training Activity Resources and Tools.