Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index (SCORE)
The Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index is the first and only existing tool that is not exclusive to a particular reconciliation context. SCORE is a UNDP-supported project and was developed through a partnership between the Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD), a peacebuilding think tank, and the UNDP –Action for Cooperation and Trust programme in Cyprus.
The SCORE emerged from a realization that there was no comprehensive mechanism for assessing the impact of UNDP’s peace building and reconciliation programmes in Cyprus, and although it emerged in response to a context-specific programme need, the authors of the SCORE quickly identified the potential for its universal application.
The SCORE Index intends to measure the impact of peace-building efforts while assessing and understanding the impact of underlying social factors that can influence the outcome of peace processes. From this vantage point the SCORE can potentially help policy makers and practitioners target their interventions; donors to target their funding; and authorities to target their policies more strategically in terms of peace-building.
Under these circumstances the index may function as a barometer to determine in which direction society is moving along the ‘Reconciliation spectrum. In this context one of the most exciting aspects of the SCORE is the work being done to utilize the index as a tool for predicting the impact of specific policy actions and programme interventions.