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The Profiling Process

A profiling process takes places through interlinked steps that are undertaken collaboratively between governments, humanitarian and development actors. Collaboration is a central feature of the humanitarian cluster approach, and enables all agencies to benefit from each other’s expertise.

Many distinct but overlapping steps make up a complete profile. Methodologies usually differ between exercises but at JIPS, we generally adhere to the following step-by-step process:



What does each step involve?

  • Need for profiling: Conduct a desk review and decide whether profiling should take place
  • Advocacy and lobbying: Define the objectives of the exercise and secure funding.
  • Process management: Define a work plan and timeline, and conclude agreements with profiling partners
  • Methodology: Develop a methodology for the exercise.
  • Questionnaires and analysis plans: Decide on the technical and analytical tools to be used, conduct staff training and use a pilot exercise to refine methodology and tools.
  • Data collection and field organization: Conduct the data collection exercise through focus group discussions, as well as household and key informant interviews.
  • Data processing and reporting: Process, clean and analyse data, before finalising the technical report. Reach agreement on the final report and disseminate as widely as possible wherever suitable.