Operations

Guiding Principles

In carrying out projects, IRIM operates in line with internationally accepted principles for research and evaluation works that are Impartiality and independence; Credibility; Usefulness and Partnerships.

Moreover as a member of International Sociological Association (ISA), we are committed to the Code of Ethics, approved by the ISA Executive Committee.

The purpose of the code is to protect the security, anonymity and privacy of groups and individuals involved in our research; to keep an unbiased attitude; to refuse from cooperating with undemocratic aims or discriminatory goals; and to use funds provided for research for the agreed purpose. 

Moreover, the following principles are applied in IRIM’s operations:

Flexibility and Consultation

With its small and highly professional core team of consultants and researchers, IRIM demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness to the challenges of large scale monitoring and evaluation projects. The clear communication structure between IRIM’s project team leaders and the field based staff ensures that improvements to the project activities and requests by the client can be rapidly implemented.

Efficiency and Timeliness 

IRIM staff understand the importance of effective project planning and management to ensure milestones are delivered to the client on time and in accordance with the project scope. 

Staff Safety in the field

IRIM has developed a risk management approach that places the safety of its staff in the field as its highest priority. Prior to each field trip, an assessment is made of the risks that survey staff may face, and actions to reduce the impact of these risks are taken. Staff are required to report regularly to the project team leader to ensure their location is always known, and are encouraged to record incidences or matters that may impact upon their safety during the field work period so that these may be investigated and addressed.

Gender Considerations

IRIM attempts to adopt the principle of gender sensitivity in its projects and operations. Gender considerations are reflected through a frame of reference that takes into account disparities between male and female behaviours, differences in the effects of these behaviours, specific male or female issues as well as differences in responding to questions. We also provide sex-disaggregated data and report on indicators that reflect gender issues and that may contribute to addressing situations of gender inequality.