Developing standards for casualty recording - 2 years on

First published 29th May 2015

After a group of practitioners gathered and agreed on a process to develop standards for the field of casualty recording in Bogota in 2013, Every Casualty is pleased to announce that it has coordinated 4 specialised individual working groups which saw the participation of 18 different organisations and individuals

During these working groups participants identified the core areas that constitute a casualty recording activity and addressed common issues faced by practitioners.  These discussions form the foundation of the first draft of standards which will be reviewed at the end of September during a meeting that will bring together representatives of casualty recorders and end-users involved in the process so far.

The following areas of casualty recording where standards are being developed have been identified based on the findings of Every Casualty’s research into good practice, as well as discussions of the different working groups. They comprise considerations on:  

  • Organisation: this relates to the structure, goals, motivations and affiliations of the organisation or individuals carrying out casualty recording.
  • Methodology: this relates to all aspects of the method that organisations or individuals apply to record deaths and injuries including: the inclusion and exclusion criteria that are applied, data collection, source evaluation, verification, definitions used as well as how data is entered and categorised.
  • Security and Ethics: this relates to the human and digital security needs of the process of casualty recording as well as ethical considerations that accompany this work. It also includes considerations relating to the legal aspect of collecting and storing data.
  • Publication: a core element of casualty recording being the acknowledgement of every casualty, standards on publication will address how organisations publish casualty data, including what type of information and how to make it accessible to a range of end-users.

These core areas are accompanied by a set of core principles which apply to the activity itself, and more specifically to certain areas. For more details on these principles and the state of the standards process today, please refer to our most recent brief.