Patrick Ball gave a lecture to students of the Transitional Justice School

Patrick Ball from the Benetech organization Human Rights Data Analysis Group held a lecture to the students of the Transitional Justice School on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012. Patrick Ball spent 20 years creating databases and implementing quantative analyses of the gathered data on human rights violations for the purposes of truth commissions, non-governmental organizations, and international missions of the United Nations in El Salvador, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Peru, East Timor, Kosovo, and other countries.

He spoke to the students of this school about the significance of the appropriate statistical analysis, about the challenges that analysts and statisticians face when they create data bases on human rights violations, and the errors which occur in the processing of the information gathered.