Fact-Finding and Documentation

Learn how to conduct fact-finding and documentation for human rights work
Instructor:
Betelvine Learning
7 students enrolled
English [Auto-generated]
Importance of fact-finding in human rights work
Application of human rights standards in fact-finding and documentation
Sources of information and standards of gathering evidence
Steps in information collection from victims and witnesses
Challenges involved in information collection
Information recording
Digital security

Are you a human rights professional or a social activist or a student seeking to acquire or strengthen your skills of fact-finding and documentation to protect human rights?

This course will help you in your quest!

What will you get from this course?

Very briefly, the course provides an overview of the importance of fact-finding in human rights work, discusses the application of human rights standards in fact-finding and documentation, and reviews the main aspects of fact-finding such as identifying sources of information, standards of gathering evidence, collecting information from victims and witnesses. It also reviews the challenges in fact-finding work. Lastly, the course discusses the basics of information recording and digital security.

How is the course taught?

The course is taught using the following:

  • Lectures, with lots of examples to help you connect

  • Questions for reflection

  • Case studies

  • Practice exercises based on case studies

  • Role play

  • Lesson-end quiz

What else do you get?

This course is a basic study on fact-finding and documentation, hence each component discussed in this course needs further in-depth inquiry and learning. Therefore, it is likely you will have clarifications and questions. Simply post your questions and the instructor will respond to them promptly.

If all this sounds exciting to you, then get ready to add this course to your cart and make it a part of your knowledge-acquiring journey – ‘knowledge’ that you can put into action for a better world!

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Content and Overview

This course is divided into seven lessons:

  1. Lesson 1: Importance of Fact-Finding in Human Rights Work – This lesson reviews the importance of fact-finding in human rights work, examines the purpose of fact-finding, reviews the principles governing fact-finding, and provides an overview of the methods of information collection.

  2. Lesson 2: Application of Human Rights Standards – This lesson discusses the use of human rights standards in fact-finding and documentation work. It discusses why one should use human rights standards and the nature of human rights standards that should be applied.

  3. Lesson 3: Sources of information and Standards of Gathering Evidence – This lesson explains about identifying sources of information, the level of proof that is to be maintained in fact-finding, and the method of cross checking information through corroboration.

  4. Lesson 4: Steps in Collection of Information from Victims and Witnesses – This lesson discusses the basics of collecting information from victims and witnesses through conducting interviews. It also reviews the elements involved in interviewing, and the challenges faced in interviewing victims/witnesses. Along with, the lesson reviews a role play on interviewing skills.

  5. Lesson 5: Clarifying the Challenges Involved in Information Collection – This lesson reflects upon some challenges of information collection and the strategies for mitigating such challenges.

  6. Lesson 6: Recording of Information – This lesson examines the importance of recording information and the points to keep in mind while developing standard formats for recording information. The lesson also covers the aspects of controlled vocabularies and information retrieval.

  7. Lesson 7: Digital Security – The concluding lesson lists and explains the secure methods of storing and communicating sensitive information relating to human rights.

Expert Talk

1
Introduction

Meet the instructors and get a glimpse of the course content and its methodology

Importance of Fact-Finding in Human Rights Work

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What We'll Cover
2
Questions for Reflection
3
Meaning of Fact-finding in Relation to Human Rights Work
4
Purpose of Fact-finding in Human Rights Work
5
Basic Principles Governing Fact-finding – Concept
6
Question for Reflection
7
Basic Principles Governing Fact-finding – Checklist
8
Methods of Collecting Information – Overview
9
Review Activity
10
Key Takeaways

Application of Human Rights Standards

1
What We'll Cover
2
Why Use Human Rights Standards?
3
Which Human Rights Standards to Use?
4
Review Activity 1
5
Review Activity 2
6
Key Takeaways

Information Sources & Evidence Gathering Standards

1
What We'll Cover
2
Identifying Sources of Information
3
Review Activity – Scenario-based
4
Level of Proof
5
Review Activity 1
6
Review Activity 2
7
Consistency in Level of Proof
8
Review Activity 1
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Review Activity 2
10
Key Takeaways

Steps in Information Collection

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What We'll Cover
2
Basics of Using Interview to Collect Information
3
Pre-interview – Checklist
4
During the Interview – Checklist
5
Post-interview – Checklist
6
Important Considerations in Preparing for Interview
7
Review Activity
8
Sample Interview - Role Play
9
Interviewing Witnesses with Particular Characteristics
10
Key Takeaways

Challenges in Information Collection

1
What We'll Cover
2
Challenges in Collecting Credible Information
3
Review Activity
4
Key Takeaways

Recording Information

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What We'll Cover
2
Why Recording Information Is Required
3
Standard Format Development to Record First Information
4
Use of Controlled Vocabularies
5
Development of Categories to Aid Controlled Vocabularies
6
Information Retrieval
7
Essentials of a Recording System – Information Flow
8
Check your Understanding
9
Key Takeaways

Digital Security During Fact-Finding Mission

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What We'll Cover
2
Storing Data
3
Using Data for Communication
4
Check your Understanding
5
Key Takeaways

Summary

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Wrap-up and Future Action
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