A strategic advantage of the IASCI SCI System is that its research methodology is both NEUTRAL and COST EFFICIENT.
Key decision makers in governments are responsible for making fast migration-related decisions that can have enormous consequences. These decisions are based on available information, combined with experience, analysis, values and context. Yet practical experience shows that gaps in field-based reliable information often delay or hinder such decision-making processes, with negative consequences for both applicants and nations. In real terms, it is the ability to close gaps in availability of credible data or information that makes the crucial difference between a timely sound decision and a costly delayed mistake.
Clearly a decision supported by relevant, case-specific, verifiable facts from primary sources produces a more informed and better decision. In addition, fact-based decisions, made faster, lead to large savings in time and money in all aspects of a government’s migration management administration.
The system is based on the recognition that various (and traditionally quite separate) national migration management institutions, agencies and courts actually have a shared demand for reliable field-based and case-specific information. Similarly, experience has shown that the internal requirements of states and organizations (especially when sharing the same caseloads and objectives) remained basically the same from one country to another.
These common sense premises are the basis of the proprietary SCI system designed by Nicolaas de Zwager. This proven field-based system is unique in providing completely transparent, verifiable, neutral and case-specific facts using a standardized methodology and extensive field networks. It is distinctive in its capacity for directly linking the need for relevant data and facts with reliable and verifiable sources.
The IASCI SCI System individually researches each information request in the field, using primary sources and never recycling second-hand information. Our fact-gathering solutions naturally take into account both place-specific conditions and crucial data confidentiality requirements, ensuring that all data is obtained using a wholly transparent and objective process.
As a result, one IASCI field operation is capable of providing consistently high quality data and information to MULTIPLES of clients, no matter how challenging the environment. What remains constant across place and time is the need for your decision maker to undertake better, faster and more informed decisions, and this ability depends directly on the relevance, accuracy and timeliness of the supporting data. Moreover, the need for evidence-based decision making remains the same whether the decision maker is a government, donor, specialized agency, civil society actor, media representative, or indeed, an affected individual/beneficiary.
To date the SCI System has provided direct support to 13 European governments involved in asylum and return processing. The system was also adapted to support specialized agencies, civil society actors, media, and private sector actors with interests in post-conflict emergency response situations, humanitarian intervention and migration management. Practical experience in a wide variety of challenging field operations shows that our approach offers sensible solution to a challenge common to many organizations, while at the same time remaining laser-focused on “the real issues”.
Simply put, by responding to specific information requirements of decision makers as they materialize, the IASCI System ensures a rapid response capacity that combines unparalleled reliability with cost-effectiveness. Results gathered from every continent since 1997 have proven that these standardized methodologies enable decision makers to reach evidence-based critical decisions in a markedly more secure and efficient manner.
In order to ensure that project management, public policies, market interventions and marketing strategies are based on real needs and demands, IASCI places strong emphasis on building a solid knowledge base. IASCI activities are based on timely and reliable empirical evidence of migration social and economic trends.
IASCI works with leading research agencies to conduct preparatory studies to support the detailed components of the project design process. The collected data provides reliable base-line figures for necessary monitoring and evaluation processes. High quality surveys and focus groups results are a precondition for attracting target group participation, and for supporting stakeholder consultations over the term of the program.
In the context of migration and development, our concepts and survey methodologies have been developed, tested and peer reviewed since 2005 in five SEE region countries: Albania (2005, 2009, 2010), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2009, 2010), Kosovo (2009), Moldova (2010, 2014), Romania (2010). In addition, the same research is being carried out in Ukraine and Nepal (both on-going). Using the same methodology allows for efficient cross-country comparison, and a better understanding of the characteristics of a country’s migration patterns and trends within national, regional and development contexts.
In Moldova – for NEXUS Moldova – the research process was further adapted in close consultation with experts from an inter-ministerial working group responsible for producing the Moldovan Extended Migration Profile and the National Bureau for Statistics. Other partners consulted include participating financial institutions, governments at national and regional levels, Central Bank, as well as intergovernmental and regional organizations (World Bank IMF, UNDP, EC Delegation, OSCE, ILO, IOM), and academia.
IASCI acts in line with the internationally accepted “Best Practices in Humanitarian Information Management and Exchange”