When institutions react fast and coherently to the challenges highlighted by the evidence, they can implement successful programmes and tackle armed violence effectively.
The fact that data is recorded does not automatically mean that there is the capacity, skills or even motivation to analyse and use the compiled information. Recording systems often do not have the means to analyse the data in a way that produces concrete recommendations for policy makers. Those managing data are also often unable to promptly respond to problems identified, such as in the rapid addressing of victims’ needs. Long assessment procedures, the lack of coordination and, to a certain extent, mistrust between responsible institutions all can undermine their effectiveness. As a consequence, people might resort to alternative means of justice such as private retaliation – which, in turn, can result in more violence.
COUNTING THE COST: CASUALTY RECORDING PRACTICES AND REALITIES, p. 18