This week I will be teaching four sessions on Quantitative Methods for Human Rights Research as part of the Essex Summer School in Human Rights Research Methods coordinated and run by the internationally renowned Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. I first came to Essex as part of an ESRC-funded project on citizenship rights and social movements in 1993 and have since worked on the measurement and analysis of human rights, so it is a great to be able to take part in the summer school, which in its first year has attracted 50 participants.
I thought I’d share some of the content for my sessions:
- Designing Quantitative Research
- Counting Human Rights Violations
- Standards and Surveys
- Socio-Economic & Administrative Statistics
- What do you want to know?
- How are you going to find it out?
- How would you know if you are wrong?
- Defining the scope of the research
- Developing propositions
- Collecting evidence
- Analysing evidence
- Presenting findings
- Discussing implications
- Problem definition is paramount
- There are multiple categories and dimensions of human rights
- There are multiple measures of human rights
- There are multiple methods for analyzing human rights
- Quantitative methods provide certain kinds of answers to certain kinds of questions
- Evidence of intentionality is hard to establish
- Evidence of tendencies, differences, and disproportionality support human rights-based approaches
- Multivariate analysis can show attribution and contribution
- Law and statistics can be mutually reinforcing for human rights advocacy
I am really looking forward to meeting everyone this week and getting to learn more about the projects that they are working on with a view to making them stronger.
Here are some pictures from the event: