Can I compare USE scores to SCORE scores from other countries?
UN Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index for Eastern Ukraine (USE) builds on the SCORE methodology, which draws from multidisciplinary research and literature, and encompasses over 70 indicators. Many of the USE indicators have been used in other SCORE contexts in other counties. However, indicators are always calibrated to the specifics of each country or region. While it is possible to make comparisons between countries and regions for some indicators, such as those related to psychosocial functioning, others (such as economic and inter-group relation indicators) are highly customized and contextual. Ultimately, the concept of social cohesion is specifically calibrated for the east of Ukraine. The ultimate aim of USE is not to compare scores for social cohesion in eastern Ukraine to scores for social cohesion in other countries, but to understand local and regional social, political and economic issues and dynamics in order to contribute to evidence-based policy making.