Fact-Finding and Documentation
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Fact-Finding and Documentation

Learn how to conduct fact-finding and documentation for human rights work
4.1 (10 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
55 students enrolled
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 11 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
Requirements
  • An interest to strengthen skills of fact-finding and documentation for human rights work
Description

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.

Who this course is for:
  • Human rights activists and professionals
  • Social activists
  • Young academics and lawyers
Course content
Expand all 54 lectures 01:46:55
+ Expert Talk
1 lecture 05:11

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

Preview 05:11
+ Importance of Fact-Finding in Human Rights Work
10 lectures 18:56
What We'll Cover
00:40
Questions for Reflection
00:30
Purpose of Fact-finding in Human Rights Work
04:30
Basic Principles Governing Fact-finding – Concept
01:46
Question for Reflection
00:33
Basic Principles Governing Fact-finding – Checklist
02:59
Methods of Collecting Information – Overview
01:53
Review Activity
02:30
Key Takeaways
00:22
+ Application of Human Rights Standards
6 lectures 06:05
What We'll Cover
00:27
Which Human Rights Standards to Use?
01:58
Review Activity 1
01:01
Review Activity 2
00:43
Key Takeaways
00:21
+ Information Sources & Evidence Gathering Standards
10 lectures 20:59
What We'll Cover
00:28
Identifying Sources of Information
02:40
Level of Proof
04:20
Review Activity 1
01:42
Review Activity 2
01:27
Consistency in Level of Proof
03:21
Review Activity 1
01:28
Review Activity 2
02:34
Key Takeaways
00:14
+ Steps in Information Collection
10 lectures 22:34
What We'll Cover
00:31
Basics of Using Interview to Collect Information
00:44
Pre-interview – Checklist
01:18
During the Interview – Checklist
04:48
Post-interview – Checklist
00:57
Important Considerations in Preparing for Interview
02:49
Review Activity
03:12
Sample Interview - Role Play
04:41
Key Takeaways
00:19
+ Challenges in Information Collection
4 lectures 07:21
What We'll Cover
00:41
Challenges in Collecting Credible Information
04:28
Review Activity
01:58
Key Takeaways
00:14
+ Recording Information
8 lectures 17:54
What We'll Cover
00:31
Standard Format Development to Record First Information
05:13
Use of Controlled Vocabularies
03:02
Development of Categories to Aid Controlled Vocabularies
01:34
Information Retrieval
01:49
Essentials of a Recording System – Information Flow
04:05
Check your Understanding
2 questions
Key Takeaways
00:27
+ Digital Security During Fact-Finding Mission
4 lectures 04:50
Storing Data
01:38
Using Data for Communication
01:53
Check your Understanding
2 questions
Key Takeaways
00:20
+ Summary
1 lecture 03:05
Wrap-up and Future Action
03:05