Data analysis is a tricky endeavor, especially for those coming from disciplines
outside of statistics and applied mathematics. However, with adequate standards and
a basis for understanding the fundamental elements of data analysis, the human
rights community can hold itself to rigorous and respectable standards.
The human rights community can uphold rigorous standards by:
Accurately identifying the size and scope of the problem area, whether beginning
with problem definitions (such as trafficking, police violence) or beginning
with the issue of specific rights transgressions.
Standardizing definitions of various terms, problem areas, and analytical frameworks.
Holding all human rights organizations to the same scientific standards.
Continually educating advocates and practitioners about the data gathering
and analysis process.
Bringing rigorous data analysis into the human rights community may involve some creativity.
Through conferences, the Measurement & Human Rights Program has facilitatied discussions
of innovative ways of collecting data and triangulating information.
The Measurement & Human Rights Program seeks to fill the empty niche of an impartial,
academic institution that can set data analysis standards and facilitate their