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Victim Assistance, landmine, casualty, data, best practices, maic, mine action information center, pm/wra, state department, department of state, jmu, james madison university
The Mine Action Information Center (MAIC) at James Madison University, through a grant from the US Department of State via RONCO Consulting Corporation, implemented this project to develop a framework for the systematic collection and management of landmine casualty data. This report focuses on Phase II of the project, with Phase I already completed and Phase III to build on the results of Phase II.
The project was premised on the lack of an adequate system for collecting and managing landmine casualty data on a global basis. Data on landmine and UXO casualties is being collected in a systematic manner in some countries, but worldwide, it is not being collected in a comprehensive or consistent manner that allows it to be compared cross-nationally and aggregated globally. The lack of an adequate system hampers the ability of mine action decision makers to effectively design and implement programs and allocate scarce resources.
The Casualty Database Project has two principal goals:
- 1. To assess existing methods of landmine and UXO casualty data collection, analysis and dissemination
- 2. To formulate courses of action for the systematic and accurate collection and processing of casualty-related data.
Related to these goals are some core questions that the project seeks to answer:
- 1. Who is collecting casualty data?
- 2. What information about landmine casualties do the different systems collect?
- 3. How effectively and reliably is it being collected?
- 4. For what purposes is it being collected?
- 5. How can we improve the collection of casualty data globally?