The Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index is a smart and versatile assessment tool designed to measure different components of social cohesion as well as resilience capacities and vulnerability factors around the world in order to inform the efforts of peacebuilding and development actors with robust and scientific evidence. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, SCORE's departure point is Social COhesion and REconciliation, and the intricate relationship between them - as reflected in the name of the index itself.

Reconciliation refers to the harmonious coexistence between groups that were previously engaged in an event of dispute or conflict, while social cohesion refers to the quality of coexistence between people within their own group and with the institutions that surround them. However, these two concepts are big and complex, and with intricate relationships between different domains from governance and services to human security, from intergroup relations to civic attitudes and psychological wellbeing. Moreover, both social cohesion and reconciliation calls for considerations of REsilience, as sustaining peace and sustainable development goals cannot be achieved without improving our understanding and assessment of resilience capacities and vulnerability factors. In other words, while social cohesion and reconciliation are the end goals, our journey needs to build resilience for our end goals to be transformative and sustainable.

As such, beyond calibrating and tailoring these domains and their ingredients (e.g. indicators, sub-indicators), SCORE also looks at culturally specific components from adversities to opportunities, as well as demographic particularities that vary across different contexts and help complete and enrich the analysis. SCORE has an ever-growing library of indicators that boasts more than 200 measurement metrics. This online platform supports the process of making the SCORE research findings more accessible and digestible, and allows the users to easily understand the major research findings and explore specific issues in more depth. 

You can find more about the methodology and sampling of each SCORE project under the methodology section of the relevant country page, or read more about our methodology here

SCORE was developed in Cyprus through the joint efforts of the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) and UNDP-ACT with USAID funding. SEED