Following the initiation of the profiling exercise by the Erbil Refugee Council (ERC) and UNHCR, a steering committee made up of ERC, JCC, KRSO, the Erbil Statistics Directorate (ESD), IOM, UNFPA, UNHCR, UN-Habitat and OCHA was set up to lead the exercise.
Through subsequent requests, support was then extended in November 2015 to support similar exercises in Duhok and Sulaymaniyah. Steering committees made up of the same partners and the local authorities and statistics offices of each governorate were set up, and a Technical Working Group (TWG) was also established in each governorate.
The profiling partners received support during all stages of the process and consolidated input from all partners to ensure a truly collaborative process, including:
- A three-day context-specific version of our flagship Profiling Coordination Training, which helped them to identify information needs during the profiling initiation phase;
- Support for the design of the methodology for Erbil, and its adaptation for use in Duhok and Sulaymaniyah;
- Working with the TWGs to agree on the indicators and tools and code them for mobile data collection;
- A manual for enumerators, and training of the TWG in Erbil to conduct focus group discussions;
- During the processing phase, working with Statistics Norway and the local statistical offices to clean the data and conduct a preliminary analysis, and
- Organisation together with the TWGs of collaborative analysis workshops. A wide range of local government, humanitarian and development stakeholders took part in the workshop in each governorate.
The capacity shared among the profiling partners during the first exercise in Erbil meant that those in Duhok and Sulaymaniyah were able to be largely self-run with much of our support provided remotely. The methodology and tools for Erbil were developed in late 2015, and ESD conducted the household survey in December. The analysis workshop was held in February 2016 to discuss the initial survey findings, which in turn informed the methodology for qualitative data collection the following month. The household survey data for Duhok and Sulaymaniyah was collected in May 2016 and cleaned and analysed the following month.
The final profiling report for Erbil was launched in June 2016, followed by those for Duhok and Sulaymaniyah in November 2016. The results of the exercises were disseminated amongst the wider humanitarian and development community. The datasets from Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah can be downloaded from the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).