Learning from Casualty Recording Experience: new series launched with a study of Nigeria Watch

First published 8th Jun 2015

Every Casualty is launching its newest project called "Learning from Casualty Recording Experience". This planned series of reports, each focusing on a different member of our Casualty Recorders Network (CRN), will contain a detailed account and analysis of a particular practitioner's work: their methodologies - including challenges and highlights on elements of good practice - and the uses made of the casualty data produced.

These reports will be based on field research conducted by members of the Every Casualty team during a visit to the practitioner in the country of operation. During each such visit, Every Casualty will shadow members of the practitioner's team in their daily casualty recording activities, offer their support if needed, and perform lengthy interviews aiming to understand a recorder's organisational structure, its methodology, its outreach strategy and activities. Every Casualty team members will also meet with end-users of the practitioner's data to discuss how they use it, and how it impacts their own activities.

The first issue of "Learning from Casualty Recording Experience", published this week, presents the work of CRN member Nigeria Watch, a casualty recording initiative that records all violent deaths within Nigeria based on a range of selected media sources. Nigeria Watch is a project founded in 2006 by French academic Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos. Originally undertaken remotely from Paris, operations were relocated to Ibadan, Nigeria in 2013. Nigeria Watch made for an interesting case study because of the way the project has been evolving over time, and the associated requirement to adapt its objectives and practice accordingly.

Two members of the Every Casualty team visited the team in Nigeria as well as the founder of Nigeria Watch in Paris at the end of 2014. During this time they were able to experience the day-to-day work that recording casualties entails at Nigeria Watch and to meet and discuss with various stakeholders in the project, among them end-users of the data.

In addition to laying out in more detail the work of Nigeria Watch and the impact of the data it produces, this report also aims to highlight challenges, solutions, and elements of good practice which other practitioners could benefit from. It also aims to making all stakeholders and the wider public aware of the uses that can and are being made of this key data.

Download the full report here.