Informing Humanitarian Decisions through DEEP

Crisis context/scope of workGrand Bargain workstream 5/ Joint and impartial needs assessments
Geographical scopeGlobal
Project periodOct 2020 — Sept 2022
Donors/partnersDanish Refugee Council (DRC)
BudgetUSD 628,645
ProblemDFS’ solution
Under the Grand Bargain on Needs Assessments Workstream, humanitarian responders are strengthening cross-sectoral, methodologically sound, and impartial assessments with data utilization. was specifically designed to apply methodological and technical approaches to data in response to the Grand Bargain on Needs Assessment. With more than 1,400 registered DEEP users, the evolving platform is meeting technical milestones for data protection, stability, and reliability across a variety of responders. 
However, to achieve the broader goal of ensuring more comprehensive, accurate, and systematic situation analysis in crisis-affected countries the platform needs to continue to develop. Continuous platform development is essential to ensure its ability to adequately scale to the variety and volume of secondary data review needs in the humanitarian sector.
The DEEP Governing Board has partnered with DRC and DFS to carry out continued development with funding from USAID and other DFS partners. 
Ongoing technical improvements are being implemented on DEEP in an effort to make data collation and analysis more efficient. DFS is implementing natural language tools to enable automation. 
DRC/DFS have been working with the Information Management Working Groups and Assessment Working Groups in the ten countries to receive training and support to use existing secondary data for strategic planning (HNOs, HRPs, RRPs, etc.). 
The project ensures Grand Bargain principles are embedded in countries’ strategic planning processes, thus promoting collaboration and analytical rigor in situation analysis. DFS serves as the technical lead for the DEEP project.