Workshop looks at measuring social inclusion

On 13-14 April, the World Bank, the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities and FRA held a workshop in Budapest to discuss challenges in defining and monitoring social inclusion of vulnerable groups, such as Roma.

The workshop brought together National Roma Contact Points, statisticians and analysts, as well as representatives of the European Commisison and donors. Participants drew on their experiences when discussing approaches to monitoring social inclusion through relevant indicators and appropriate data sources. Participants agreed that for proper social inclusion, monitoring, equal treatment, aspirations, and participation need to complement sector-specific indicators like employment, education, housing etc. Monitoring should go beyond periodic snapshots of social inclusion outcomes outlining also the drivers of social exclusion, concrete identifying groups at risk, taking into account country and local specificities. For that purpose a combination of various methods is needed to generate the data that would capture the multiple dimensions of social inclusion. These would include qualitative and quantitative surveys, administrative registries, GIS tagging and other sources.