The UNHCR Results Monitoring Survey (RMS) is a household-level survey on persons of concern (PoC) to UNHCR directly or indirectly assisted by UNHCR, including refugees and asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees, stateless and others of concern. The objective of the survey is to monitor impact and outcome level indicators on education, healthcare, livelihoods, protection concerns, shelter, and water and sanitation. The results contribute to an evidence base for reporting against UNHCR’s multi-year strategies to key stakeholders.
The RMS can be implemented in any operational context. A standard structured questionnaire has been developed for the RMS, which can be conducted as a stand-alone survey or flexibly integrated with other data collection exercises. The data includes indicators collected at both the household and individual (household-member) level, and results are statistically representative.
This RMS took place in South Africa between April and June 2022. The population of interest included all PoCs to UNHCR in South Africa, and the sample frame was taken from UNHCR's registration datasase (ProGres). Data subjects were intereviewed over the phone. This dataset is the anonymous version of the original data.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Individuals and Households
v2.1: Edited, cleaned and anonymised data.
The scope includes:
- protection concerns
- water and sanitation
Livelihood and Social cohesion
Water Sanitation Hygiene
Persons of concerns (PoCs) to UNHCR in South Africa.
Producers and sponsors
UNHCR's registration database (ProGres) was used as a sample frame to identify households of interest. Households were stratified by registration group and sex of head of household. A total of 1,050 households were contacted for an interview via telephone. Enumerators were able to secure 388 interviews, of which 385 were completed. Non-response was due to three main factors: inability to reach the respondent with the phone number provided (about 50%), no answer (about 30%) and households reached were not persons of concern to UNHCR, most likely the wrong number (about 6%).
Due to the response rate, weights needed to be introduced ex-post. Weights were calculated at the household-level according to two variables: country of origin and sex of the head of household. UNHCR’s registration database (ProGres) was used to provide the sample frame size (N). Normalized weights were produced using the following formula: weight = N/sum(N) / n/sum(n). The weight variable is hh_weight.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview [cati]
UNHCR Global Data Service Statistics and Demographics Section
United Nations Refugee Agency Microdata Library
Original Archive Study ID: UNHCR_ZAF_2022_RMS_v2.1
DDI Document ID
Development Data Group
Metadata adapted for World Bank Microdata Library
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 1 (December 2022). This version is identical to UNHCR DDI ID: UNHCR_ZAF_2022_RMS_v2.1, except the following edits were made:
-Document ID and Survey ID,
- Minor formatting corrections
- Specified the archive where study is originally stored