The indicator’s value can be determined by using the following methodology:
1) Define what a “completed safe referral” means in the context of your intervention. According to the existing international standards (see document below), this should include:
- a staff member, who is trained on referring people, identifies a person who needs a service and understands what his/her capacities are to access the service
- the staff member provides information on available services
- the staff member asks if the person (or his/her child) would like to be referred to the relevant service provider
- if so, the staff member asks for consent/assent to collect the required information
- if consent is given, the staff member completes an intake form, preferably the Inter-Agency Referral Form (the staff member does not ask for any additional information and avoids raising expectations)
- the staff member coordinates with and sends the completed form / relevant information to the most relevant service provider
- the referral made is recorded in a protected, confidential database (usually a Referral Register managed by a Referral Focal Point)
- in a timely manner, the service provider is contacted and acknowledges that it received the referral (i.e. the referral is completed)
For further details, see Inter-Agency Minimum Standard on Referrals below.
2) Use data entered in the referring organization’s database to count the number of completed safe referrals made according to the definition made in point 1. Always count the number of referrals, not people – if a person was effectively referred to two different actors for different kinds of services, this should be counted as two referrals.