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 TextPutting Yourself in Other People’s Shoes: The use of Forum theatre to explore refugee and homeless issues in schools

Publication Year: 2002
Outcome area(s): Inclusive Communities
Intervention(s): School-Based Anti-Bias Program
Relevant ORR Program(s): Refugee School Impact Program, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Youth Mentoring
Direction of Evidence: Inconclusive or mixed impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

This study investigated the experiences of, and interactions between, participants of a Forum theatre workshop, which addressed the issue of the refugee child at school. Staged by a UK theatre company, whose actors had, in their own lives, experienced being homeless and/or refugees, the workshop was investigated as it was performed in three London secondary …

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Free Full TextPreventing prejudice and improving intergroup attitudes: A meta-analysis of child and adolescent training programs.

Publication Year: 2014
Outcome area(s): Inclusive Communities
Intervention(s): School-Based Anti-Bias Program
Relevant ORR Program(s): Refugee School Impact Program, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Youth Mentoring
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Meta-analysis

This article reports the results of a meta-analysis of 81 research reports containing 122 intervention-control comparisons of structured programs to reduce prejudice or promote positive intergroup attitudes in children and adolescents. Overall, the analysis revealed a mean effect size of d = 0.30, indicating low to moderate intervention effects. From the great variety of different …

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Free Full TextDigital inclusion for low-skilled and low-literate people: A landscape review

Publication Year: 2018
Outcome area(s): Digital inclusion
Intervention(s): Inclusion programs for low-skilled and low-literate people
Relevant ORR Program(s): EthnicCommunity Self-Help Program, Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, Refugee Career Pathways
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

This landscape review seeks to explore how technology solutions outside of the education sector can bedesigned to be more inclusive, accessible and usable for people with low levels of skillsThirty-two projects from at least twenty-five countries, in contexts both rural and urban, were selected for this review, to illustrate key characteristics of digital inclusion for …

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Free Full TextExpanding Notions of Digital Access: Parents’ Negotiation of School-Based Technology Initiatives in New Immigrant Communities

Publication Year: 2017
Outcome area(s): Digital inclusion
Intervention(s): School-home partnerships, libraries
Relevant ORR Program(s): Children's Services, Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, Refugee School Impact Program, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Youth Mentoring
Direction of Evidence: Inconclusive or mixed impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

Initiatives to integrate technology in schools are continuously increasing, with efforts to bridge the “homework gap” and provide technology access in low-income households. However, it is critical to include nondominant parents in technology adoption decisions in order to avoid mirroring past patterns of inequality in home-school relationships. This study examines the digital access, use, and …

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Free Full TextRapid review of evidence for basic digital skills

Publication Year: 2017
Outcome area(s): Digital inclusion
Intervention(s): Varies
Relevant ORR Program(s): EthnicCommunity Self-Help Program, Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, Refugee Career Pathways
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

This study was a rapid literature review of evidence and learning in relation to following key criteria: (1) Statistics and trends on digital inclusion across the UK (looking at issues of confidence and motivation, access and affordability, and basic digital skills); (2) Identification of the key issues and barriers facing particular groups of people that …

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Free Full TextWhen the Divide Isn’t Just Digital: How Technology-Enriched Afterschool Programs Help Immigrant Youth Find a Voice, a Place, and a Future

Publication Year: 2008
Outcome area(s): Digital inclusion
Intervention(s): Community technology centers
Relevant ORR Program(s): Children's Services, Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, Refugee School Impact Program, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Youth Mentoring
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

The so-called “digital divide”–unequal access to information technology–is one of many social inequalities faced by individuals who are low-income, ethnic minorities, or immigrants. Surprisingly, the digital divide is even larger for young people than it is for adults, with African-American and Latino young people, as well as immigrants of almost any non-Asian ethnicity, having considerably …

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Free Full TextIntergenerational online health information searching and brokering: Framing health literacy as a family asset

Publication Year: 2020
Outcome area(s): Digital inclusion
Intervention(s): None Tested
Relevant ORR Program(s): Children's Services, Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, Refugee School Impact Program, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Youth Mentoring
Direction of Evidence: No evidence about impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

Latino populations are disproportionately impacted by health disparities and face both connectivity and health literacy challenges. As evidenced by the current global pandemic, access to reliable online health-related information and the ability to apply that information is critical to achieving health equity. Through a qualitative study on how Latino families collaborate to access online health …

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Free Full TextMigrants, refugees and mobility: how useful are information communication technologies in the first phase of resettlement?

Publication Year: 2015
Outcome area(s): Digital inclusion
Intervention(s): Public libraries & migrant community centers
Relevant ORR Program(s): EthnicCommunity Self-Help Program, Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, Refugee Career Pathways
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

The rate at which people move and resettle around the world is unprecedented. Mobility and resettlement is now greatly assisted by the use of inexpensive internet communication technologies (ICTs) for a wide variety of functions: to communicate locally and across territories, for localised information seeking, geo-locational mapping and for forging new social connections in host …

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Free Full TextDigital Inclusion & Health Communication: A Rapid Review of Literature

Publication Year: 2019
Outcome area(s): Digital inclusion
Intervention(s): Varies
Relevant ORR Program(s): EthnicCommunity Self-Help Program, Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, Refugee Career Pathways
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

Information and communication technologies can be a valuable tool for enhancing health communication. However, not everyone is utilising the wide suite of digital opportunities. This disparity has the potential to exacerbate existing social and health inequalities, particularly among vulnerable groups such as those who are in poor health and the elderly. This review aimed to …

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Free Full TextMobile communication and refugees: An analytical review of academic literature.

Publication Year: 2020
Outcome area(s): Digital inclusion
Intervention(s): None Tested
Relevant ORR Program(s): EthnicCommunity Self-Help Program, Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, Refugee Career Pathways
Direction of Evidence: No evidence about impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

Over the past decade, an expanding literature has explored the ways in which refugees rely on mobile communication technologies to stay in touch with a wider community and to access relevant information and services in their new places. Nevertheless, challenges linked to (a lack of) digital literacy and accessibility among refugees, and associated risks of …

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