Analysis of IDPs’ preferences for future settlement and perceived obstacles or conditions for pursuing them can be done at the individual or the household level depending on context. Even if in many contexts decisions on concrete steps are taken collectively at a household or community level, an analysis disaggregated by e.g. elderly and youth or men and women, can capture potential intra-household differences. Furthermore, disaggregation of perceived obstacles and priorities related to the preferred location of settlement will allow for an understanding on how to best take into account the different needs of IDPs in supporting the sustainability of the chosen settlement option.
Qualitative methods can provide important complementary information on the decision-making of individuals, households and communities, as well as their durable solutions priorities beyond the three settlement options. Macro-level analysis in settlement locations is crucial for understanding which options are feasible (e.g. what is the security situation, are adequate services available, or will tenure security be provided), and how they best can be supported.