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Developing Standards in Casualty Recording: First Meeting of a Process

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Elizabeth Minor
26 March 2013

A process to develop standards in casualty recording practice has been started by our Every Casualty programme. This involves members of the Oxford Research Group-facilitated International Practitioner Network (IPN) and users of the information that casualty recorders produce. The objective is to define casualty recording as a recognised field and provide a set of benchmarks to assess different projects to record casualties. Such standards have been demanded by practitioners, users of casualty data, and representatives of states and inter-governmental organisations.

The process will build on ORG's research into casualty recording practice and our previous work with the IPN.

First Meeting of a Process

In Bogota, Colombia at the end of February 2013, the first meeting of the process was held, with a workshop jointly hosted by IPN member CERAC and ORG. Eight IPN members and three 'end-user' institutions were represented. We anticipate that the standards development process will take 2-3 years and involve consultation and input from a wide range of stakeholders, from casualty recording practitioners to states and inter-governmental organisations.

The Bogota workshop examined:

  • The purpose of setting standards in casualty recording, both for practitioners and others such as end-users
  • What standards should cover
  • How casualty recording should be characterised as a field containing different approaches to documenting deaths
  • How processes to develop standards in other fields, and different sources of standards, can help us
  • Immediate and long term strategy for the development and adoption of standards in casualty recording

The workshop successfully achieved its objectives of:

  • Establishing a core working group of practitioners and others committed to the standards development process
  • Establishing priority areas of work for the next year
  • Defining a process by which to achieve them

We would like to thank all our participants for such a constructive discussion.

Following the workshop ORG produced a brief on how the process to develop standards will be undertaken, and the core areas that it will cover.

We will be consulting stakeholders to this process in the future on the work that was started in Bogota. If you would like to know more about the standards development process, contact Hana Salama, Networks Officer, who is coordinating the process: hana.salama@oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk


Pictures: Discussions of participants in the first meeting of the standards process, Bogota, Colombia, © Oxford Research Group

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