The results of the State of the art and needs assessment research in e-Roma Resource project and priorities for the platform

The research phase consisted of two main sources of information namely a situation analysis (State of the art) and needs assessment of the target groups. All participating countries conducted research based methodology guide and processed results in the national reports. Slovakia as a leading partner package (Research of current state and assessment need) was responsible for the creation of transnational report with the results of the analyses for all the participating countries. Situational analysis from individual countries highlighted a number of problems in the availability of information on the Roma population but also on general issues which Roma face. In the context of the situation analysis were processed number of available sources on the situation of Roma in the participating countries and included many organizations working with Roma.

The second part of the research focused on the needs assessment through a questionnaire. In assessing of needs has been addressed a wide range of professionals working with Roma.

To the questionnaire survey were interviewed total 176 professionals from partner countries and we can say that the respondents have the extensive experience and their opinion represents a good basis for the suggestions and preparation of contents of the e-RR platform.

Respondents from all countries had the opportunity to assess the overall quality of information available on Roma issues.  In general, more than half of respondents from all countries consider the quality of available data insufficient. There are not always fully available data. For example information about potential partners in their activities, list of potential employers for the Roma population,  examples of good practices, the list of the most efficient interventions but also many others. Looking at the content and form of the platform, respondents indicate areas which they consider as the most important part of the platform as field of education and training, employment, social integration, equal opportunities, discrimination but also contact details of institutions and on-going activities (completed projects, programs…). For the respondents, information should be available in the form as interactive database, documents, reports, database of contact details of individual institutions, calendar of important activities, but also photos and video material.

According to the research we can say that there is a big problem with the availability of the information about Roma in all countries and the platform can be a valuable source of new and useful information for more effective work with Roma.