Tool development:

Developing human rights impact assessment tools is a challenge. R4C staff has personal experience with the development of HRIA impacts assessment instruments. We know how to design a step by step tool that is easy to use, and can really help organisations to structure their research and strengthen their advocacy. We have specialized in developing an instrument in a participatory manner; in close collaboration with future users form different parts of the world. We know what the important steps are to consider in the development process, such as the selection of the co-developer team and testing organizations.

Tool development in a participatory process

Ideally, the development of a new tool is a participatory process, in which experienced tool developers collaborate with organisations from different parts of the world, who are interested in the use of the tool. As future users, they are important: a tool has to meet their needs, they have to be able to work with the tool, and use the results.

The steps in a full, participative developing process are:
Step 1: Needs assessment, including an inventory and analysis of the problems, the organisations working on the issue, existing tools and campaigns
Step 2: Building a group of co-developers
Step 3: Setting the parameters: scope, focus, issues, rights to address, etc.
Step 4: Developing the first draft
Step 5: Testing the tool
Step 6: Finalizing the tool
Step 7: Dissemination of the tool

During this process the co-developers have 3 working conferences with training, discussion and making plans.

Tool development: adjustment of existing tools

It is not always necessary to develop a new tool. For topics that are related to the topics our current tools do cover, the experts of Rights4Change can adjust the existing tools for the purpose that an organisation wants to use the tool for. That can be for one specific assessment, or for use within an organisation (and its partners) on various topics.

The steps for an adjustment process are:
Step 1: needs assessment and setting of parameters
Step 2: developing the tool (adjustment)
Step 3: training

After the training, the organisation is ready to use the adapted tool. This adaptation process can be done in about three months.

Tool development: consultancy

As experienced tool-developers, the experts of Rights4Change can advice others on how to develop a human rights impact assessment instrument.


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