In 2004 UNESCO launched the idea of a European Coalition of Cities against Racism, endowed with numerous goals regarding the fight against racism, including the collection of data and the development of relevant indicators in order to assess discriminatory situations and policy impact.
Already in 2006, the ECCAR started its efforts to establish a common framework for assessing the local situation in respect to racism and equality, as well as for the evaluation of the respective policies, their success and impact on individuals and society.
The ECCAR ADIX (Anti-Discrimination Index) project aims at searching for a meaningful, non-rigid and flexible, but standardized model which can be applied according to capacity and resources, as well as according to the specifities a city has and faces.
In order to carry out this task, the ECCaR Steering Committee established a Working Group on Indicators, which currently exists of the President of ECCaR, UNESCO, Botkryka (Sweden), Madrid (Spain) and Graz (Austria).
In a three-phases-evaluation cycle ECCAR ADIX is constructed in order to firstly measure distinction, restriction, exclusion or preference in the participation of people in all areas of public life at a certain place and moment, to secondly, assess adequacy of respective policies using the ECCAR ten point plan of action, and to thirdly, evaluate impact of policy.
The main targets of the ECCaR ADIX project are: