Vulnerability Assessment Framework Population Survey for Refugees Living in Camps, 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. This dataset collected between November and December 2021 presents the first efforts in expanding the scopes to the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps.
Residents of both Azraq and Zaatari camps were randomly sampled to explore trends and vulnerabilities specific to the camp context. As the questionnaire was first used to collect the data in the urban setting, it was tailored for the refugee camps context to account for the camp residents’ living circumstances, allowing for a deeper understanding of this specific group. A total of 10,141 individuals, representing 2,208 families living in 1,620 households, were interviewed in person.
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
Azraq and Zaatari camps
Producers and sponsors
In order to ensure that the sample is representative of the refugee population living in both camps, a stratified random sampling method was used, with two strata: Azraq and Zaatari. Random sampling aims to reduce selection bias and ensure that our respondents have the same characteristics as the entire population on average. A random sample of families was selected for each camp using UNHCR's ProGres registration database. This sample was then proportionally distributed across the villages in Azraq and districts in Zaatari. Even though sampling was conducted at the family unit, all members in the household were interviewed, including other cases/families living in the same household, and individuals pending registration with UNHCR
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 weeks for 29 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, MINDSET (2022). Jordan: Vulnerability Assessment Framework Population Survey for Refugees Living in Camps, 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_CAMP_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_CAMP_v2.1, except the following edits were made:
-Document ID and Survey ID,
- Minor formatting corrections
- Specified the archive where study is originally stored