Research & Evidence

The goal of Pairity’s research design is quantitative analysis for the effects of social networks on refugee integration. While anecdotal evidence abounds for the positive impacts of social ties on integration, and a large body of research exists for variation on integration between jurisdictions and cohorts of refugees, well-designed interventions among specific cohorts are still lacking. Our research project aims to fill this gap in the research and optimize our matching system over time.   

Pairity is currently being piloted through a partnership with Justice & Peace Netherlands’ Samen Hier project. Our pilot is designed as a randomized control trial, where the 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 are randomly sorted into treatment and control groups.

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

After twelve months, end-line surveys with both treatment and control groups will measure the outcomes along these same variables. Data analysis will measure correlations between changes and match characteristics, as well as life experiences as a result of matching. These outcomes will be used to measure the treatment effect of programming and inform subsequent weighting of variables in our algorithm to optimize matching.

Data handling procedures meet EU General Data Protection Regulations.