We have developed a database of research evidence to help resettlement service providers in the U.S provide evidence-based interventions and best address barriers that resettlement clients and other ORR-eligible populations face. To date, an initial number of research studies have been added to the database. More studies will be added on an ongoing basis. Use the search area to access content based on criteria like outcome, intervention, year, and study type, or use our advanced search feature to find evidence based on specific, customized criteria.

This library hosts materials developed by Switchboard and by former Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-funded technical assistance (TA) providers (most in fiscal years 2016-2018, with selected earlier materials). This library links materials externally where: their formats were incompatible with internal hosting; they were developed by current ORR-funded TA providers; or they were developed by non-ORR funded authors who granted permission for the links.

Author Definitions

BRYCS
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services
CLINIC
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. National Citizenship Capacity Building Project
CVT
Center for Victims of Torture National Capacity Building Project for Specialized Torture Treatment Centers
Higher
Higher Employment Services Technical Assistance
Mercy Housing
Mercy Housing Refugee Housing Program
META
Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance Project
NPCT
National Partnership for Community Training Mental Health Technical Assistance Program
Project SOAR
Project for Strengthening Organizations Assisting Refugees
Welcoming America
Welcoming America's Welcoming Refugees Program
Other
Authors not receiving technical assistance funding from ORR

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Free Full TextAdapting to context in community-based participatory research: “Participatory starting points” in a Chinese immigrant worker community

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Intervention(s): University Partnership
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is increasingly being used to better understand and improve the health of diverse communities. A key strength of this research orientation is its adaptability to community contexts and characteristics. To date, however, few studies explicitly discuss adaptations made to CBPR principles and processes in response to community context and partners’ needs. …

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Paid Full TextCommunity-based participatory research partnerships in quanitative studies on migrants: An integrative review

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Intervention(s): Various
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

Objective: This integrative study reviewed quantitative community based participatory research (CBPR) studies on adult migrant populations and examined CBPR partnerships with community representatives. Method: The search identified relevant studies via MEDLINE, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and PsychInfo databases. Results: From the original 476 studies identified, a final sample of 26 …

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Free Full TextImmigrants as research partners: A review of immigrants in community-based participatory resaerch (CBPR)

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Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is uniquely suited to engage immigrants in all aspects of research, from research question development to data collection to interpretation and dissemination of results. An increasing number of research studies have utilized the methodology for exploring complex health issues for immigrants. In the current manuscript, we present a review of peer-reviewed …

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Paid Full TextCommunity engagement in psychosocial interventions with refugees from Asia: A systematic review

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Intervention(s): Various
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

Refugees and forcibly displaced persons originally from Asia are a growing population facing distinctive stressors that impact individual mental health. Psychosocial interventions that are culturally appropriate for specific refugee communities are needed. Community engaged interventions and research are an effective approach to designing and delivering culturally meaningful interventions to enhance refugee mental health. We conducted …

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Free Full TextA scoping review of interventions delivered by peers to support the resettlement process of refugees and asylum seekers

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Intervention(s): Various
Relevant ORR Program(s): EthnicCommunity Self-Help Program
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

Background: Refugees and asylum seekers face many social and psychological challenges on their journey to resettlement in host countries. Interventions and programmes designed to assist in these challenges are necessary. The aim of this scoping review is to conduct a systematic search of the literature as it pertains to interventions delivered by peers to refugees …

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Paid Full TextOpportunities and challenges associated with engaging immigrant women in participatory action research

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Intervention(s): Various
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

With increasing recognition of the importance of knowledge exchange between researchers and research stakeholders, community member involvement remains poorly accessed. A promising community-based research methodology for knowledge exchange is participatory action research (PAR). This review examines opportunities and challenges associated with using PAR to examine issues related to community health, specifically that of immigrant women. …

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Free Full TextA chair at the table: A scoping review of the participation of refugees in community-based participatory research in healthcare

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Intervention(s): Various
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact

Background: Refugees often face psychosocial complexity and multi-dimensional healthcare needs. Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods have been previously employed in designing health programs for refugee communities and in building strong research partnerships in refugee communities. However, the extent to which these communities are involved remains unknown. Objective: To review the evidence on the involvement of …

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Paid Full TextThe volunteering dogma and Canadian work experience: Do recent immigrants volunteer voluntarily?

Publication Year: 2015
Outcome area(s): Volunteering
Intervention(s): Group
Relevant ORR Program(s): Refugee Support Services
Direction of Evidence: Negative impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

This article deconstructs the now common practice of immigrant volunteering for the purpose of upgrading or practicing job-related skills in Canada. The analysis draws on the findings of two separate qualitative studies related to the integration of immigrant adults in Southern Ontario. The first study (Wilson-Forsberg) focused on the settlement and adaptation experiences of immigrants …

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Free Full TextUng refugees and locals living under the same roof: Intercultural communal living as a catalyst for refugees’ integration in European urban communities

Publication Year: 2020
Intervention(s): Host Community to Refugee Co-Habitation
Relevant ORR Program(s): Refugee Support Services
Direction of Evidence: Inconclusive or mixed impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

In various European cities urban authorities and local stakeholders are exploring ways to tackle challenges arising from recent refugee flows. A central concern is the social integration of refugees: how to connect this particular category of newcomers – and especially the most vulnerable ones – durably with local communities? In this article, we discuss an …

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Paid Full TextSocial inclusion of newly arrived female asylum seekers and refugees through a community sport initiative: The case of Bike Bridge

Publication Year: 2019
Outcome area(s): Mentoring
Intervention(s): Host Community To Refugee Mentoring
Relevant ORR Program(s): Refugee Support Services
Direction of Evidence: Inconclusive or mixed impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

This study examines the potential and limitations of a community sport initiative in fostering social inclusion of newly arrived adult female asylum seekers and refugees in Germany. It contains three parts: the first and second part aim to assess the perceived opportunities and barriers of riding a bicycle in the participants’ homeland and Germany and …

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