Ali Garba is the Assistant Director of Planning, Research, and Documentation. At the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced persons of Nigeria. The commission is mandated to coordinate the national protection and assistance of people on the move. The commission focuses on the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their original homes when it is safe to do so, the resettlement of those who cannot return home, and the integration of people who are displaced into their new communities. Implementing effective research practices is crucial to understanding the scale of the issue, and ensuring that nobody is left out from data capture, and as a result excluded from the assistance the commission provides.