CHS Alliance, together with Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR), has partnered with GCPS Consulting on a project to increase transparency on sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment through the development of a harmonised SEAH data collection and reporting approach for aid organisations.

The pilot phase of the SEAH Harmonised Reporting Scheme is being launched on 16 September. It will test the proposed harmonised framework with a range of national and international organisations. However, we need more organisations to join us to find a system that works for all. Read on for more details about how your organisation can get involved.


Goal

Increase transparency on SEAH and reduce under-reporting by introducing a harmonised SEAH data collection and reporting framework.

Objective

Advance the development of a harmonised SEAH data collection and reporting approach for aid organisations to support trend analyses and effective learning from aggregated data, which will inform policies and strategies aimed at improving victims’ outcomes and prevention interventions


The past

No-one really captured SEAH data, (including, quite often, no real case data) and virtually never shared/reported it unless forced to do so by a scandal

Current situation

Organisations captures widely varied and incomparable SEAH data (in addition to their detailed case management data, which remains confidential), and reports none, some, or all of it to donors and publicly

Planned initial harmonised approach

Everyone captures the same set of comparable SEAH data (in addition to their detailed case management data, which remains confidential), and reports none, some, or all of it to donors and publicly, allowing some trend and wider analysis

Longer term objective: centralised system

Everyone captures the same set of comparable SEAH data (in addition to their detailed case management data, which remains confidential), and reports the same set of comparable SEAH data to a centralised database system available to peers, donors and the public, allowing full accountability, transparency & analysis.

Organisations captures widely varied and incomparable SEAH data (in addition to their detailed case management data, which remains confidential), and reports none, some, or all of it to donors and publicly.

Organisations sign up to the scheme on a voluntary basis

Participating organisations adopt the proposed SEAH harmonised framework (commitment)

Organisations are provided with an excel template for recording and sharing agreed set of data of SEAH

Participating organisations invited to provide their data on a quarterly basis, on a voluntary basis, taking account of data protection and confidentiality requirements

Data collected and shared to the SEAH Harmonised reporting scheme Officer and the CHS Alliance PSEAH Manager only

The data is made anonymous, consolidated, and used to produce anonymized aggregated figures and trend analysis

Summary data and any learning captured is presented to the Scheme Steering Committee and shared with organisations participating in the scheme on an anonymized basis as well as to the public


Participating members piloting the scheme from September 2022

How to sign up and become an implementing organisation

Your organisations must contact Mathilde Belli, sending a short request from the official email account of the head of your organisation (CEO, President or Secretary-General), confirming that they formally endorse the Scheme and commit the organisation to implement it. Once your application is accepted, we will ask you to provide some additional information.

Once you have officially endorsed the scheme, you will receive a briefing from the project officer and will be asked to fill the SEAH harmonized reporting template on a quarterly basis. The non-identifiable data received from all partners will then be aggregated and analyzed on a quarterly basis in a trends report to inform learning, advocacy and policies.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee serves as an effective forum to agree, promote, and adopt the harmonised framework. It is an important body in advising about the potential development of a centralised online reporting system at a later stage of the project.


 

Resources

Do not hesitate to use these documents as part of your internal updates to sensitise staff within your organisation, engage them, raise awareness about the scheme. You can also request support from the SEAH harmonised reporting scheme Officer to deliver a briefing. The documents can also be useful to promote the scheme externally in external forum, meetings, workshops or seminars.

Data Protection

The SEAH harmonised reporting scheme works to the following principles:

  • Transparency around processing
  • Guarantee implementing organizations rights throughout the process
  • Ensure that all purposes, actions and analysis taken under the Scheme are properly documented
  • Confidentiality and anonymity – Retain and store data in a way that will not allow to identify any individuals, in accordance with GDPR retention policies