The Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index is a smart tool designed to measure peace in societies around the world. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, SCORE examines two main components of peace – reconciliation and social cohesion – and the intricate relationship between them. 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. In addition to measuring reconciliation and social cohesion, SCORE also looks at culturally-specific components of peace that vary across different contexts and help complete and enrich the analysis.
This online platform supports the process of making the SCORE research approachable and pertinent and allows the users to easily understand the major research findings and explore specific issues in more depth. The flexibility and versatility of the SCORE tool makes it unique in the field of peace-building. Its potential uses and benefits are numerous from highlighting national policy needs, to informing international donor decisions, to providing researchers with a rich source of data and the larger public with an overview of important issues in their society.
If you want to read a more detailed introduction to the SCORE index you can click here.
Do you want to see SCORE in your country?
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. SCORE is designed as a very adaptable tool that is well-suited for multi-ethnic societies that have experienced conflict and are now facing simultaneous peace-building and state-building challenges. As such the SCORE is currently being implemented in Cyprus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Nepal. If you wish to see SCORE being rolled out in a specific country please contact the SCORE team through the Contact Us section.