Strategic overview of armed violence data collection and analysis mechanisms (South Eastern Europe)
Armed violence data gathering systems in SEE countries vary in quality and coverage of the population. No single country embodies best practices by itself. In existing research, because of the lack of continuous monitoring, data has sometimes been generated by research that attempts to recover information on armed violence retrospectively. Different methods for doing this offer differing degrees of reliability; analysis of media reports and perceptions surveys offer an important substitute for continuously gathered data, but are unreliable for a number of reasons. Other studies have been obliged to recover data from past records, which were not designed for storing data specifically on armed violence. In other cases, individual institutions have conducted their own data gathering, and have supplied useful fragments of a comprehensive picture of the problem.
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