Frequently asked questions

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General questions about the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI)

What are the underlying beliefs and motivations that underpin this project? Is there a political agenda?

How do you decide which human rights to measure?

Why don’t you measure rights for specific groups like women, refugees, the LGBT community, etc? And what about rights for people in different regions of a country?

Don’t data like these already exist?

Who will use HRMI metrics and what for?

What is the relationship between HRMI data and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

When is HRMI data being released?

I don’t understand my country’s scores. Where can I find an explanation of them?

How do you seek to avoid a Western cultural bias in this work?


Questions about our civil and political human rights

Who can be a survey respondent? How are they selected?

Are survey respondents answering on behalf of their organisation/employer or in their personal capacity? Can there be more than one respondent per organisation?

Who are the trusted partners?

Why don’t you want information from governments?

When will data be available for other countries/my country?

What incentives do human rights experts have to participate in our expert opinion surveys?

Is there a risk that participation in this project may put human rights practitioners in danger?


Questions about our economic and social rights methodology

How can you have meaningful metrics for economic and social rights when there is so much variation in the resources countries have available?

How do I interpret the scores on the economic and social rights metrics?

How do we take into account the fact that different indicators are used for monitoring the performance of high-income OECD countries vs the rest of the world?

How does our methodology ensure that performance scores can distinguish between countries whose resources are just barely sufficient to fulfil a right, or many times more than is necessary to fulfil it?

What statistical indicators feed into each of our five metrics of economic and social rights?