Amplifying children’s voices on the migrant trail
The current refugee crisis has left numerous unaccompanied and separated minors at high risk of abuse, trafficking, violence and exploitation. DFID’s Refugee Children Fund for Europe (RCFE) is a one-year project working with Save the Children, UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee to improve care and protection of unaccompanied children in Greece and the Balkans. Ground Truth Solutions has been commissioned to assist the initiative by gathering feedback from children serviced by the project and support the three agencies to respond to their voices.
Ground Truth’s goal is to ensure that direct feedback from children receiving aid from RCFE partners informs programmatic improvements and empowers minors to express their views on the support they receive and on the organizations providing it. The proposed approach will complement RCFE partners’ own feedback mechanisms and, when triangulated with other data, will help determine the relevance, effectiveness and outcomes of services provided and guide possible improvements in implementation.
Ground Truth’s Constituent Voice® methodology is initially implemented in Greece. However, our team is providing support and tools to RCFE partners to replicate the methodology in other countries in the Balkan region. The questionnaires have been designed in cooperation with RCFE partners and will be administered in three rounds throughout the 12-month duration of the project. The first round was completed in December 2016, followed by a second round in April 2017, using a mixture of both face-to-face interviews and small focus group discussions.