Preliminary Work

Work on the Refugee Response Index’s (RRI) commenced in 2017, thorough analysis of refugee legal and policy developments, including the review of international proposals to improve the global refugee system, from the perspective of state action. This preliminary phase helped shape the RRI analytical framework, including through identification of relevant elements for the qualitative and quantitative indicators comprising the index. Extensive consultations were held with leading experts in refugee law and policy from key institutions such as UNHCR, ICRC; World Refugee Council and CARE International.

Pilot Phase

The RRI is currently in its pilot phase, which involves defining, evaluating and adapting the indicators comprised in the index.

As the guidebook was being developed, an initial assessment was undertaken in Mexico by the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City to test and refine the indicators. The results were used to inform the final version of the RRI guidebook, which will soon be published.

The index will feed into national, regional and UNHCR driven processes. This will include aligning RRI indicators with those developed as part of the Global Compact on Refugees, in order to provide more rigorous analysis of developments and accountability to the commitments made.

During the pilot phase, the RRI team has worked to equitably balance the indicators and adapt the analytical framework, so as to not penalize countries with differing capacities. Additionally, the development of cross-cutting indicators to assess Gender, Age, Diversity and a Multi-stakeholder Approach have been included in the framework.

Preliminary Work

The Refugee Response Index (RRI) has completed its preparatory work. Starting in early 2017, this work entailed a thorough analysis of refugee legal and policy developments, including the review of international proposals to improve the global refugee system, from the perspective of state action. This preliminary phase has allowed to shape the RRI analytical framework, including through identifying relevant elements that will conform the qualitative and quantitative indicators comprising the index. It is envisaged to conduct an online survey among refugee experts and practitioners in order to assess the relevance and feasibility of identified indicators.

RRI preliminary work was carried out in extensive consultations with leading experts in refugee law and policy from key institutions such as UNHCR, ICRC; World Refugee Council and CARE International. DARA is currently reaching out to new partners looking ahead towards the pilot phase.

Pilot Phase

The RRI is currently in its pilot phase (March 2017 – April 2018) which involves defining, evaluating and adapting the indicators comprised in the index.

The index will feed into national, regional and UNHCR driven processes. This will include testing RRI indicators in a variety of countries, including some that have agreed to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF). The first pilot countries that will be tested are Mexico and Lebanon, with additional countries to be rolled out in the near future.

During the pilot phase, the RRI team will equitably balance the indicators and adapt the analytical framework, so as to not penalize countries with differing capacities.

The pilot phase will also serve as an opportunity to validate and improve tools, such as the questionnaire and assessment guidebook, in collaboration with leading refugee experts. The Human Rights Program of Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City is currently piloting the index in Mexico. As part of their Human Rights advocacy program they focus on quantitative and qualitative research on topics including Mexican RSD procedures, statelessness and internal displacement.