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Counting Civilian CasualtiesAn Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict$
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Taylor B. Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson, and Baruch Fischhoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977307.001.0001

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Using Surveys to Estimate Casualties Post-Conflict

Using Surveys to Estimate Casualties Post-Conflict

Developments for the Developing World

(p.97) 6 Using Surveys to Estimate Casualties Post-Conflict
Counting Civilian Casualties

Jana Asher

Oxford University Press

Random sample surveys use structured questions to elicit responses from representative populations, providing systematic, standardized data subject to statistical analysis. Although survey research is a mature methodology, its use in casualty estimation is accompanied by particular challenges to those who address the complex, sensitive issues associated with eliciting reports related to civilian casualties in post-conflict situations in developing countries. The chapter discusses how those challenges can be addressed and provides illustrative examples with a focus on the author’s research in East Timor (now Timor-Leste) and Sierra Leone.

Keywords:   civilian casualties, methodology, peacebuilding, survey research, developing countries, casualty estimation

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