Results from our Netherlands Pilot

Pairity has recently completed final data collection for its pilot partnership with Justice & Peace Netherlands’ Samen Hier project. The pilot was designed as a randomized control trial, where treatment is considered being matched with a group of volunteers. Surveys administered to groups of volunteers and refugee newcomer households select potential matches based on inclusion and exclusion criteria: geographic distance, newcomer vulnerability and volunteer group capacity, and preferences for household composition and match characteristics. Once criteria are met, newcomers were randomly sorted into treatment and control groups.

Surveys for refugee newcomers captured preferences for matching and data including demographics, displacement history, education, labour market experience, language skills, hobbies and interests, health and wellbeing, and other metrics around social networks, sense of belonging, and civic participation. These informed matching and provided baseline scores for outcomes analysis.

We are currently analyzing end-line data from treatment and control groups, and with volunteers, to measure outcomes along these same variables.

Our project was recently profiled by People Fixing the World on BBC World Service.

To learn more about how Pairity can help with new initiatives for international resettlement please see our piece in The Conversation.

The Samen Hier Mid-Term Evaluation also describes some of the project’s early results.