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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Paid Full TextCultural Adaptations of Evidence-Based Mental Health Interventions for Refugees: Implications for Clinical Social Work.

Publication Year: 2021
Outcome(s): General Distress Reduction
Intervention(s): Cultural adaptations
Relevant ORR Program(s): Children's Services, Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee School Impact Program, Refugee Support Services, Targeted Assistance Grant Discretionary Program, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Wilson/Fish, Youth Mentoring
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Literature review

As the number of refugees worldwide reaches unprecedented levels, social workers’ ability to provide effective and appropriate mental healthcare to this population is as critical as ever. This article provides a review of contemporary debates revolving around the cultural adaptation (CA) of mental health interventions: when it is warranted, what approach should be taken and …

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Free Full TextPsychological and pharmacological interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder and comorbid mental health problems following complex traumatic events: Systematic review and component network meta-analysis.

Publication Year: 2020
Outcome(s): PTSD Reduction
Intervention(s): Psychological and pharmacological interventions for complex trauma
Relevant ORR Program(s): Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Support Services, Targeted Assistance Grant Discretionary Program, Wilson/Fish
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Meta-analysis

Background: Complex traumatic events associated with armed conflict, forcible displacement, childhood sexual abuse, and domestic violence are increasingly prevalent. People exposed to complex traumatic events are at risk of not only posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but also other mental health comorbidities. Whereas evidence-based psychological and pharmacological treatments are effective for single-event PTSD, it is not …

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Free Full TextA meta-analysis of school-based interventions for student refugees, migrants, and immigrants

Publication Year: 2021
Outcome(s): Depression Reduction
Intervention(s): School-based group interventions
Relevant ORR Program(s): Children's Services, Refugee School Impact Program, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Youth Mentoring
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Meta-analysis

How do mental health practitioners and educators support child migrants, child immigrants, child refugees, and their families? This article examines the scope of current interventions for these populations. A meta-analysis of interventions used in schools over the last two decades is discussed to provide an overview of the current evidence base in this area worldwide. …

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Free Full TextThe effectiveness of adapted psychological interventions for people from ethnic minority groups: A systematic review and conceptual typology

Publication Year: 2021
Outcome(s): General Distress Reduction
Intervention(s): Cultural adaptations to psychological interventions included content-related, therapist-related and organisation-specific adaptations.
Relevant ORR Program(s): Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Support Services, Targeted Assistance Grant Discretionary Program, Wilson/Fish
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Strong
Type of Study: Systematic review

This review assessed the efficacy of adapted psychological interventions for Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. A conceptual typology was developed based on adaptations reported in the literature, drawing on the common factors model, competence frameworks and distinctions between types of cultural adaptations. These distinctions were used to explore the efficacy of different adaptations in …

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Free Full TextBenefits for immigrant-origin and nonimmigrant-origin youth of discussing immigration in gender and sexuality alliances

Publication Year: 2022
Outcome area(s): Perceived peer validation and hopefulness
Intervention(s): Discussion of immigration issues in GSAs
Relevant ORR Program(s): Children's Services, Refugee School Impact Program, Youth Mentoring
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

In a time of unprecedented polarization in the United States, particularly concerning immigration, schools are uniquely positioned to help students understand the consequences of drastic policy changes. Beyond formal settings such as social studies classes, extracurricular activities may be important for fostering discussions about sociohistorical and policy issues. Such discussions could serve to empower youth …

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Free Full TextTo best support LGBTQ immigrant newcomers: Community dialogue participatory recommendation report.

Publication Year: 2015
Outcome area(s): N/A
Intervention(s): Various
Relevant ORR Program(s): Preferred Commmunitiues, Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Support Services, Targeted Assistance Discretionary Grant Program, Wislon/Fish
Direction of Evidence: No evidence about impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

Free Full TextRainbow Response: A practical guide to resettling LGBT refugees and asylees.

Publication Year: 2015
Outcome area(s): N/A
Intervention(s): Various
Relevant ORR Program(s): Preferred Commmunitiues, Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Support Services, Targeted Assistance Discretionary Grant Program, Wislon/Fish
Direction of Evidence: No evidence about impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

This field manual presents best practices and offers instructions on how to effectively meet the specific needs of this refugee community.

Free Full TextServing LGBTQ immigrants and building welcoming communities

Publication Year: 2015
Outcome area(s): N/A
Intervention(s): Various
Relevant ORR Program(s): Preferred Commmunitiues, Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Support Services, Targeted Assistance Discretionary Grant Program, Wislon/Fish
Direction of Evidence: No evidence about impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

Through individual interviews and analysis of quantitative survey data, this report examines what social and legal services are available in the six selected cities; the approaches taken by service providers in working with LGBTQ immigrants; and the barriers LGBTQ immigrants face in accessing these services. In response to the research’s findings, the report offers recommendations …

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Free Full TextHealthcare access for Iraqi refugee children in Texas: persistent barriers, potential solutions, and policy implications.

Publication Year: 2015
Outcome area(s): Health
Intervention(s): Case Management
Relevant ORR Program(s): Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Medical Assistance, Refugee Support Services
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

To identify access barriers to healthcare and potential interventions to improve access for Iraqi refugee children. Four focus groups were conducted using consecutive sampling of Iraqi refugee parents residing in the US for 8 months to 5 years. Eight key-informant interviews also were conducted with employees of organizations serving Iraqi refugee families, recruited using snowball sampling. Focus …

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Free Full TextFindings from an extended case management US refugee resettlement program.

Publication Year: 2015
Outcome area(s): Various
Intervention(s): Extended Case Management
Relevant ORR Program(s): Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, Targeted Assistance, Wilson/Fish
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Type of Study: Suggestive evidence

This evaluation considers 434 households that participated in an Extended Case Management program from March 2009 through July 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. Substantial improvements in wellbeing and reductions in needs in relation to health, employment, finances, housing, education, and family/community circumstances were observed over the course of 2 years. Variations …

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