Vulnerability Assessment Framework Population Survey for Refugees in Host Communities, 2022
The Vulnerability Assessment Framework (VAF) is a key tool used by humanitarian and development organizations in Jordan. It contributes to coherent vulnerability identification and programme delivery across sectors. It was designed in 2014 with a focus on Syrian refugees residing outside of camps.
For the fifth bi-annual VAF population study in 2022, 6,427 refugee households residing in host communities were randomly sampled across all governorates to explore thematic and sectoral vulnerabilities for refugee populations of all nationalities within Jordan. This data was collected in person between July 2021 and October 2021.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Household, Case (family), Individual
v2.1: Edited, cleaned and anonymised data.
The scope includes:
- access to services,
- food security,
- financial situation
- impact of COVID-19
Livelihood and Social cohesion
Health and Nutrition
Water Sanitation Hygiene
Whole country host communities (excluding camps).
Producers and sponsors
The stratified sampling strategy was developed jointly with the World Bank and designed to generate the most precise statistics possible and at the lowest possible cost and to allow for representativeness at a margin of error below 5%. Stratification was planned along two variables: nationality (Syrian, Iraqi and Other) and location. Syrians were represented across the twelve governorates, while non-Syrians were represented across the regions of Jordan; Amman, Central/outside Amman (consisting of Balqa, Madaba and Zarqa), North (consisting of Ajloun, Irbid, Jerash, Mafraq) and South (consisting of Aqaba, Karak, Tafilah, Ma'an). The sample was randomly drawn from cases registered in the ProGres registration database administered by UNHCR Jordan. The sample includes refugees residing in urban, peri-urban and rural settings and excludes those living in refugee camps.
Weights were calculated at case level as the inverse of the probability of extraction.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
UNHCR and Mindset jointly conducted face-to-face training sessions for 22 female enumerators and 7 supervisors. In order to exercise all precautionary measures and social distancing, two batches of training took place over the course of two weeks. The training sessions provided comprehensive background information on the study and general guidelines on research ethics, behaviour protocols and COVID-19 precautionary measures. Moreover, the training provided a unified approach for fieldwork through the testing instructions after each session and the technical orientation of the Kobo data collection tool.
Questionnaire contained the following sections: Household Demographics, Shelter, WASH, Consumption and Expenditure6, COVID-19 KAP7, Financial Situation, Health, Education, Livelihoods, and Child Labour.
UNHCR, Samuel Hall (2022). Jordan: Vulnerability Assessment Framework Population Survey for Refugees in Host Communities, 2022. Accessed from: https://microdata.unhcr.org
Archive where study is originally stored
United Nations Refugee Agency Microdata Library
Original Archive Study ID: UNHCR_JOR_2022_VAF_HOST_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_JOR_2022_VAF_HOST_v2.1, except the following edits were made:
-Document ID and Survey ID,
- Minor formatting corrections
- Specified the archive where study is originally stored