Practical guide: tips for
producing reliable data in the
human rights field
Introduction

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Communicate in a clear and explicit manner

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Avoid ambiguity

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Make sure your concepts are measurable

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Work examples from the HR field

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Concordance between variables and categories

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Tips to use human rights standards for variables definition
Train your team

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Introduction
How do we know if certain behaviors or facts should be labeled under specific categories in
our database? How do we decide whether labelling a violation as a physical aggression or
as torture? International standards and laws are useful instruments but sometimes they
are not enough, as reality is complex and ambiguous and makes us to doubt.

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Select target paragraph3