Evaluation of the ICRC Detention Programme in the UK and Ireland

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Date(s) - 27/04/2022


Deadline: 27 April 2022


1. Background information and rationale of the evaluation

Addressing the needs and concerns of people deprived of their liberty is a key activity of the ICRC worldwide. The ICRC work in detention is rooted in visits to places of detention and is resolutely beneficiary-centric. It is also marked by its multidisciplinary approach, the aim of which is to effectively analyse risks for detainees, mitigate them, and address their consequences.

The ICRC Detention programme in the UK and Ireland (UKIR) consists of detention actions in three different criminal justice contexts. These contexts are Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and England and Wales. The ICRC UKIR detention action has recently completed its strategic period of 2019-2021. Prior to development of a new strategy, the ICRC UKIR believes it would be prudent to firstly evaluate where the programme in each context currently stands, the progress that has been made since the beginning of the current action, lessons learnt and necessary improvements. The results of this evaluation will be used to inform the development of the 2023-2025 strategy.

2. Aims, objectives and scope of the evaluation

The aim of the evaluation is to evaluate the relevance, appropriateness, effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency of the ICRC’s UKIR detention programme, in order to understand its achievements and shortcomings, and inform future planning.

This evaluation has two objectives. Firstly, to evaluate four specific areas, these are:

– The extent to which the ICRC UKIR detention team has met the objectives set out in key strategic documents (effectiveness and efficiency)

– The performance and effectiveness of how the ICRC UKIR detention team has worked towards achieving the objectives set out. This includes in allocation of human resources, ambitions and strategy, methods of
collection of information and presentation to authorities, and its accountability to the affected population. (effectiveness and efficiency)

– Assess whether the ICRC UKIR detention programme continues to be relevant and maintains an added value in its context, including in the midst of competent monitoring bodies and other protective
mechanisms. (relevance and appropriateness)

– Assess the extent to which the ICRC UKIR detention activities fit into the wider ICRC institutional detention strategy. (relevance, appropriateness and sustainability)

Secondly, the results of the evaluation should:
– Contribute to informed decisions for the detention strategy of the ICRC UKIR delegation going forward;
– Provide lessons learnt, inputs and best practice examples for the institution as a whole;
– Promote greater accountability for the performance of the ICRC UKIR detention team

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