JIPS undertook four missions to Thessaloniki between November 2017 and December 2019, and provided extensive remote support in between. During our first mission, we delivered a three-day workshop – a condensed version of our six-day Profiling Coordination Training – with all potential profiling partners. It included group work and discussions to prepare the ground for the profiling exercise. This meant that as well as building capacity the training also provided a forum for partners to begin exploring the relevant objectives and scope of the profiling. Based on the resulting preliminary objectives and scope, JIPS and the Profiling Coordinator worked together to formulate a draft proposal for the exercise’s overall objectives, scope and methodology.
During the second mission, we worked with the Advisory and Technical Group, which in the meantime had been established, on finalising an analysis approach and a list of indicators for the profiling. This included focus group discussions with refugees and asylum seekers , which we conducted together with Alkyone and Solidarity Now on the topic of local integration, in order to ground truth the methodology and inform the analysis approach. During a one-day workshop with all partners, the results from these FGDs were presented to further refine and agree upon the list of indicators for measuring local integration and agreed upon.
Building on the agreed-upon indicators, the household questionnaire for the survey was developed with several rounds of input from the Technical Group. We worked with profiling partners to estimate the population baselines and design a sampling strategy. Data collection followed between May and June 2018.
The third mission in July 2018 supported the preliminary analysis of results and a process of community engagement for the analysis. The community consultations aimed at presenting preliminary survey results to refugees and asylum seekers in order to collect feedback, which was crucial for the direction and contextualisation of the ongoing analysis.
Once cleaning and preliminary analysis were completed, a joint workshop with all Advisory Group members was hosted by the Municipality, in order to review the preliminary findings and discuss the interpretation of these as well as the direction of the remaining analysis work. We then supported remotely the in-depth analysis and the report development processes, including the elaboration of recommendations based on the final analysis.
In December 2019, we were excited to go back to Thessaloniki to support partners in the organisation and implementation of the profiling report launch. The event showcased the strong partnership and shared ownership of the profiling results – which is remarkable given the fact that the municipal administration and many focal points within partner organisations had changed – and also offered an opportunity to review main recommendations from the exercise as well as share integration efforts initiated by different actors in the meantime.