IRC works with customers and partners on a variety of initiatives that focus on building community and organizational capacity for resilience, safety, and ministry to the most vulnerable. There are currently four main projects at ICR:
1. Community of Practice in Disaster Risk Reduction (A community resilience project)
This project uses the concept of “dynamic capacity” to build resilience. This means teaching community teams to learn from their efforts and apply that learning to improve their projects. Learning and improving is a basic concept in healthcare improvement that has transformed the quality and safety of care over the past two decades. This program adapts that same approach to communities.
In the Philippines (Photo of Guiuan below) we have seen community groups make great progress in identifying local needs and priorities and successfully advocate for the needed services. This initial success led to lessons that have been applied to subsequent projects. On last report, other communities have observed this progress and are working on getting the initial training in the community model.
2. Assessment and change of safety culture for healthcare organizations and relief and development organizations.
ICR uses several instruments for the assessment of safety culture. These include the AHRQ Survey Hospital Safety Culture and a custom instrument for the assessment of safety in NGOs. Consultation and training is available for applying assessment results to strategies for improvement. (See Analytics for more on this)
Current work is focusing on US hospital partners and occasionally international partners, such as a mission hospital in Niger seeking to build stronger teamwork and attention to safety.
3. Promoting church-based disaster ministry, and
ICR is assisting churches with training, materials (see Disaster Ministry Handbook) and consultation on disaster ministry. This program includes a range of topics, including leadership and engagement, Spiritual First Aid, community assessment, and more. One example of this work is in the Ukraine where the project has a dual focus on equipping pastors to care for people displaced by the war, and training chaplains to hep military veterans.
4. Engaging national and local faith communities in Integral Mission. (To learn more about Integral Mission see Micah Global)
The World Evangelical Alliance, together with its global partners, will engage and build capacity of the National and Regional Evangelical Alliances, and through them, local community churches, to fulfill the integral mission.
To build on the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) principle: “Engaging local faith communities for sustainable capacity for prevention and response.” Working through national partners, local evangelical faith communities will participate in a program of education, collaboration and action planning leading to the implementation of strategies to reduce poverty.
To pursue the World Bank Moral Imperative on Eradicating Poverty resulting in an evangelical conscience to intervention in their neighborhoods. Participating churches will modify their theological understanding of integral mission and the church, and expand their church activities related to integral mission.
To equip national partners and local community churches to identify and intervene into the root causes of poverty.
To discuss the findings of root causes with sustainable steps of intervention and potential steps of implementation.To build sustainable capacity for integral mission. The Global Team will teach and model a method of church led community action leading to the continual growth in the capacity of local faith communities to serve those in need.
The program starts with forming a team with WEA staff, strategic partners, and national alliances. This team works through the national alliance to prioritize the challenges facing the church at the national and local levels and then support national teams in devising and implementing strategies for change. There are several important elements to this model:
It is from the grass roots (local) up, not top (global) down. The national and local teams determine their needs, priorities, and preferred solutions. The national team provides technical assistance and resources as they are “pulled” from the WEA Global team.
- It emphasizes local learning and development over time versus implementing an external program.
- It has the local church at the center as they key to addressing local community needs.
- It facilitates access to technical resources through the global team
- It learns from local efforts and shares them globally
The first country in this program is Kenya. That was arrived at through consultation with the Association of Evangelicals in Africa and due to the fact that many program elements were in place thanks to the work of WEA strategic partners Micah Global and the International Association for Refugees.
5. Chaplain Training in Ukraine
ICR partners with REALIS, Ukraine Catholic University Institute of Mental Health, and the Dragomanov National Pedagogical University in Kyiv on training army chaplains and chaplain students. Our work together incluudes assessing program impact and measuring the reduction in risk for burnout and secondary trauma.
The training is built around the Psychological First Aid model and Spiritual First Aid developed by HDI. A special feature of the program is incorporating the role of faith, church, and perception of God into trauma care for a more wholistic approach to reducing the risk for severe trauma.
Our first chaplain class, Kyiv, January 2016.