What is RefugeeMobile?
RefugeeMobile is a collaboration between RST, Sparrow Mobile, LIRS, and Notre Dame University.
RefugeeMobile is part of an academic integration study. This means that we will be comparing clients who get a smartphone ("treatment") through RefugeeMobile with a "control" group who receive standard services.
Who are the participants?
Because we only had a limited number of phones (donated by Google via Sparrow Mobile), only a limited number of cases were eligible for a phone. Only Arabic and Kiswahili speakers who are employable at the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston offices were eligible for the study.
Each Arabic and Kiswahili speaking case had a 50/50 chance of getting a smartphone or being chosen to participate as the control group. This is called random assignment - we don't have say over who gets a phone and who does not! After a case is entered into the RefugeeMobile database, a computer formula "decides" in which group they will be placed.
What is the treatment group?
- The group that is called "RefugeeMobile": They get a smartphone.
- The group that does not get a smartphone, but participates in surveys and regular RST services.
- Case managers who interact with RefugeeMobile clients.
Who would NOT be eligible for RefugeeMobile or the integration study?
- A 30 year old Syrian refugee who speaks Arabic and is work-ready.
- A family of 6 from Iraq who speak Kurdish and Arabic, and the father and mother are work-ready.
- A Syrian couple of the ages 63 and 65 who will not be seeking employment.
Who decides which cases get a smartphone or not?
- Case managers
- Points of Contact
- Project Manager
- A computer formula that chooses randomly