Trusting People From Other Faith Groups

Outcome indicator

Indicator Phrasing

% of people in the project area who trust people from other faith or ethnic groups
% de personas en la zona del proyecto que confían en personas de otras creencias o grupos étnicos
% de pessoas na área do projeto que confiam em pessoas de outros grupos religiosos ou étnnicos

Indicator Phrasing

English: % of people in the project area who trust people from other faith or ethnic groups

Español: % de personas en la zona del proyecto que confían en personas de otras creencias o grupos étnicos

Português: % de pessoas na área do projeto que confiam em pessoas de outros grupos religiosos ou étnnicos

What is its purpose?

To assess the level of trust between groups that are generally suspicous or fearful of each other or that have a history of conflict between each other as a way of assessing whether divisons are increasing or decreasing.

How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data

Collected as part of a survey.  Typical questions could ask the extent to which respondents agreed or disagreed with the following statements:

  1. I have taken part in a social event with someone from [insert name of an opposing group] within the previous month.

  2. I have taken part in a business transaction with someone from [insert name of an opposing group] within the previous month

  3. I would not object if - when they were of the right age - my child married someone from [insert name of an opposing group].

  4. If I had a choice I would not choose to work with people from [insert name of an opposing group] 

  5. I do not trust people from [insert name of an opposing group]

For analysis a simpe percentage should be taken of the number of respondents reporting that they agree or strongly agree with the statement.  Care should be taken in deciding whether this percentage applies to just those surveyed or whther it can be ascribed to the population as a whole.  This will depend on the design of the survey and whether it was a representative sample of the population.

Disaggregate by

Gender, age group and group as standard.  Depending on context and design the data could also be disaggregated by other relevent social identity markers.

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