Documenting Existing Casualty Recording Practice Worldwide

Published on HURIDOCS, Sept. 19, 2011.

The Oxford Research Group has embarked upon a project to document existing casualty recording practice worldwide. There are numerous casualty recording initiatives around the world, some operating in the midst of ongoing conflicts, and others in a post-conflict environment. Each initiative has amassed some level of experience and relevant expertise in dealing with the problems and obstacles that this type of work, and its practitioners, face. This research project draws on the experience of casualty recording organisations around the world to identify and promote good practice, and analyse key issues for practitioners and policy makers wishing to support this work. 

Lacking in this field are any agreed-upon good practices or standards by which different projects, methods and outputs may be compared and evaluated. This project is intended to address these issues by publishing a series of papers analysing key issues in casualty recording, and identifying good practice.

The overall purpose is to establish a feasible means of undertaking incident-based and victim-based recording in a variety of different conflict and post-conflict situations, and to promote the development of practice, with three specific aims:

  • to equip new projects in a well-grounded fashion, building on the experience of existing initiatives,
  • to establish a self-supporting process for the development and review of standards and practices for casualty recording,
  • and to assist in the development of a recognised field of study.

A policy paper of recommendations based on the project’s findings, written with audiences such as opinion formers, journalists and the end users of casualty recording data in mind, will also be produced. This will contribute to our advocacy stream … (full text, plus sommaire en français and resumen en español).

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