JIPS Essential Toolkit for Profiling Internal Displacement Situations

This online profiling toolkit aims to support practitioners with easily accessible tools and guidance for conducting a profiling exercise from start to finish.  It supports actors to make the decision to undertake an exercise, identify objectives, establish a coordination platform and develop and implement an appropriate methodology for the specific context in which they are working.

In order to ensure visibility of IDPs within reporting systems for the SDGs, profiling exercises provide a concrete way for governments and partners to undertake displacement-specific data collection exercises. Adapted appropriately, these populations can also be incorporated into broader data collection processes, although many challenges arise when trying to do so. The tools and guidance included in the JET can be helpful for partners pursuing either approach since they can be easily adapted for different contexts and uses.

Sustainable Development Goals covered by this tool

Originally published in 2013, updated continuously.


The JET is designed to support a national or regional-level exercise, and to provide template tools to be adapted to each specific context. The JET reflects a collaborative approach to collecting information, with tools that encourage wide participation in the decision-making for the process. The methodologies used for data collection include a sample-based household survey, focus group discussions and key informant interviews. Alongside the Guidance for Profiling Urban Displacement Situations, it helps to identify IDPs and conduct an approach that facilitates a comparative analysis between displaced persons and host communities.

  • Integration tools for analysing interconnections, synergies, trade-offs and bottlenecks among SDGs
  • Last-mile tools to support meeting the SDGs and targets and unlocking bottlenecks for all segments of society and reaching the furthest behind first
  • Community-based Planning, Partnership, and Multi-stakeholder Engagement Tools
  • Vulnerability Assessment Tools
  • Indicators and Assessment Tools
  • Fragility Assessment Tools
  • Data Revolution Tools

Guidelines, Capacity building


Open Source

Computer System Requirements:

MS Excel Spreadsheet, Access/connectivity to internet

Developed By:

This toolkit was developed by the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS). JIPS is an inter-agency initiative set up to provide technical support to governments, humanitarian and development actors working in situations of forced displacement (primarily internal displacement). JIPS is overseen by an Executive Committee that includes DRC, NRC - IDMC, UNDP, UNOCHA, UNHCR, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs.


Melissa Weihmayer, Information Management




Joint IDP Profiling Services (JIPS)

Guidance Documentation:

What is Jet (English)

Supporting Literature:

JIPS field support (English)