How should casualty recorders communicate their data?

Consulting victims' associations or civil society organisations involved with affected populations may be a useful practice. If possible, interacting directly with the population to assess their expectations is useful.

Accessibility of the technical means through which the data will be communicated is important to consider. While setting up a website and sharing the data through this medium will generally be a useful practice in order to reach a variety of audience groups nationally and internationally, this will not be the only solution needed to effectively reach affected populations in many cases. Internet connectivity can be an issue in certain regions where infrastructure is poor or where many individuals do not have access to internet-connected devices. On the other hand, in some conflict settings connectivity may be high through widespread use of smartphones, and web platforms might be the most reliable way to reach a large proportion of the population. Where connectivity is bad, casualty recorders should consider alternatives such as publishing in print and devising a way to distribute the paper copies; or setting up a mobile phone communication channel; or using the radio.

Standards for Casualty Recording, p. 58