UN Score for Eastern Ukraine (USE)

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Аn analytical tool measuring levels of social cohesion in eastern Ukraine

The UN SCORE for Eastern Ukraine (USE) provides a specific insight into societal dynamics in conflict-affected societies and identifies entry points for interventions aimed at increasing levels of social cohesion.

USE results inform the UN, national-, oblast- and district-level authorities, civil society and development partners in designing solutions that will help to strengthen social cohesion. The outcomes of the first USE wave are now publicly available on the interactive website, in three languages.

USE is jointly implemented by three UN entities – UNDP, UNICEF, and IOM. The first USE wave was conducted in 2017 and was funded by the UN, with a major contribution from the EU.

The first USE wave, which was completed in October 2017, captured the views of some 10,000 people residing in the five oblasts in the east of Ukraine. Specifically, it comprised a face-to-face general population survey of 5,300 respondents; a school survey of 3,300 pupils in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts; 72 in-depth interviews; and a face-to-face survey of 1,500 people residing in the non-government controlled areas who commute to the government-controlled areas across the five checkpoints in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Implementing USE on an annual basis will, in addition to identifying social cohesion needs and entry points, track development and help adjust interventions as needed.

Detailed information about USE methodology is available on UN SCORE for eastern Ukraine's website.


USE is based on the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index methodology, originally developed in Cyprus by UNDP and the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). The SCORE Index has since been implemented across several countries in Europe, Africa and Asia to assist international and national stakeholders in the design of evidence-based solutions that can contribute to strengthening social cohesion and reconciliation.


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