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Methodological Publications

In collaboration with our mentors and collaborators at HRDAG, we have documented lessons learned from human rights data analysis work for technical, scholarly and general audiences. These efforts have been geared towards contributing to the growing body of knowledge and practices to strengthen the evidence base in human rights debates. In their articles presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in 2009, Daniel Guzman and Tamy Guberek, in collaboration with colleagues Paul Zador, Gary Shapiro, Megan Price and Kristian Lum describe the sampling, weighting, and analysis challenges and solutions they chose when called upon to study the millions of documents in the Historical Archive of Guatemalan National Police. Romesh Silva’s publications have focused on methodological innovations for improving the consistency of human rights documentation processes, describing the importance of combining and cross-validating diverse data sources when engaging policy-relevant human rights questions, and explicitly identifying the tradeoffs that accompany indirect sampling methods in human rights contexts.

Publications

Combining Found Data and Surveys to Measure Conflict Mortality

By Jeff Klingner and Romesh Silva
2013
Chapter in Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict, ed.By Taylor B. Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson, and Baruch Fischhoff, Oxford University Press. © 2013 Oxford University Press.

Indirect Sampling to Measure Conflict Violence: Trade-offs in the Pursuit of Data That Are Good, Cheap, and Fast.

By Romesh Silva and Megan Price
2011
Article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 306(5):547-548. 2011.

Studying Millions of Rescued Documents: Sampling Plan at the Guatemalan National Police Archive (GNPA).

By Daniel R. Guzmán, Tamy Guberek, Gary M. Shapiro, Paul Zador
2009
Article in JSM Proceedings, Survey Research Methods Section. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association

Weighting for the Guatemalan National Police Archive Sample: Unusual Challenges and Problems.

By Gary M. Shapiro, Daniel R. Guzmán, Paul Zador, Tamy Guberek, Megan E. Price, Kristian Lum
2009
Article in JSM Proceedings, Survey Research Methods Section. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association

A Statistical Analysis of the Guatemalan National Police Archive: Searching for Documentation of Human Rights Abuses.

By Megan E. Price, Tamy Guberek, Daniel R. Guzmán, Paul Zador, Gary M. Shapiro
2009
Article in JSM Proceedings, Survey Research Methods Section. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association

On Ensuring a Higher Level of Data Quality when Documenting Human Rights Violations to Support Research into Origins and Cause.

By Romesh Silva
August 2002
In ASA Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meetings.