Roma Civil Monitor - Monitoring guidelines

The RCM pilot project developed for participating NGOs practical written guidelines on how to monitor the implementation of the NRIS in the member states.

The first cycle’s guidelines focus on the structural preconditions of the strategies’ successful implementation and horizontal measures. The second cycle’s guidelines focus on the four substantive thematic areas of the strategies, including gender considerations in each thematic areas. Each thematic chapter includes several (in average four) sensitising questions, each of the questions developed into a number of more detailed considerations to be analysed by the local NGOs. The questions are marked either as ‘core’, meaning that they should be analysed in each country, or as ‘optional’, meaning that they should be analysed only if they are relevant for the given country. The third cycle’s guidelines provides a detailed guidance on how to identify, select and analyse a topic that can be considered “non-issue” or a “blind spot”, matching the focus of the third RCM cycle.

Contents of the guidelines is as follows:

Y1 Guidelines (Download)

  • information about civil society monitoring with examples from past similar initiatives,
  • information about the RCM pilot project,
  • RCM Y1 methodology,
  • thematic chapter 'Governance and overall policy framework',
  • thematic chapter 'Anti-discrimination',
  • thematic chapter 'Fighting antigypsyism',
  • thematic chapter 'Impact of mainstream education policies on Roma' (for Cluster 1 countries only),
  • thematic chapter 'Comprehensive local case studies' (for Cluster 1 countries only),
  • formal requirements.

Y2 Guidelines (Download)

  • RCM Y2 methodology,
  • research ethics and protection of personal data,
  • thematic chapter 'Employment',
  • thematic chapter 'Housing and essential public services',
  • thematic chapter 'Impact of healthcare policies on Roma',
  • thematic chapter 'Education',
  • notes on gender considerations in each of the four policy fields covered by Y2 and in anti-discrimination (intersectionality) – developed as an add-on to the guidelines,
  • thematic chapter 'Comprehensive local case studies' (for Cluster 1 countries),
  • formal requirements.

Y3 Guidelines (Download)

  • aim and focus of the RCM Y3 ('non-issues'),
  • how to select the topics for the analysis in consultation with wider civil society,
  • RCM Y3 methodology,
  • research ethics and protection of personal data,
  • formal requirements,
  • open list of possible topics that could be selected by the local NGOs.

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