There are four areas of casualty recording where standards have been developed: Organisation, Methodology, Security and Publication.
Organisation. Implementation of the standards in this area ensure that recording organisations are accountable to their stakeholders, specifically the communities in which they work and the end users of their data, for the information they produce.
Methodology. Implementation of the standards in this area: help casualty recorders create a sound methodology, which will help them improve data quality, engage more end users and increase their potential for sharing data, and allow a shared understanding of the processes within casualty recording and outline ways to use its results accordingly.
Security. Implementation of the standards in this area raises casualty recorders’ awareness of the importance of security planning and assessment prior to beginning their activities, supports data quality and data legitimacy by ensuring that the data is acquired and kept in a safe and secure manner, and builds trust between organisations.
Publication. Implementation of the standards in this area supports casualty recorders in demonstrating their credibility and that of the content they publish, providing for their data to be used to benefit violence-affected populations in the greatest possible number of ways. It also facilitates the efficient use of the data collected by a wide variety of factors with very different purposes and objectives.
DEVELOPING STANDARDS FOR CASUALTY RECORDING A briefing document prepared by Every Casualty, pp. 6-7