Having a transparent methodology

Casualty recorders must describe the approach to their work in a clear and transparent methodology that is available to the public, which includes the five areas of casualty recording.

The methodology should include details on the five areas of casualty recording: types of sources used, the collection process, source and information evaluation, corroboration process and quality control. Additionally casualty recorders must publish definitions for the categories that comprise their database and explain their inclusion and exclusion criteria. Together, these clarifications will allow stakeholders to identify how the data was gathered, how it is managed and curated, thus allowing them to assess how to engage with it. For it to be valuable, this information must be monitored and updated so that it is accurate, up-to-date and complete at all times.

Standards for Casualty Recording, 2016, p. 14