Measuring what Matters: public seminar at University of Auckland

Good news for Aucklanders!

HRMI co-founder Anne-Marie Brook will be giving a public lunchtime seminar at the University of Auckland on 11 October, kindly hosted by Te Pūnaha Matatini and Amnesty International New Zealand.

To improve human rights conditions, we first need to be able to measure them.

Until now, the world hasn’t had a simple, transparent way to monitor how countries treat their people. This was a problem. When something is not measured, it is easily overlooked and undervalued.

Come along to hear how the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is filling this gap. We are working to produce a free easy-to-access database of metrics, summarising human rights performance in countries around the world. With a good set of measures it will be easier to improve human rights.

If you’d like to know a bit more before you come along, feel free to browse this website, and also to head to our data site, where you can see our data displayed in different graphs, and even download our entire dataset.

You can find some tips to navigating our data here, and more examples of how to interpret it in other blog posts on this site.

Here are our three co-founders, Anne-Marie Brook, Susan Randolph, and K Chad Clay, giving a one-minute introduction to what HRMI’s all about:

The seminar will  be particularly relevant for students and practitioners in:

  • human rights
  • data
  • law
  • political science
  • journalism
  • economics
  • development

If you know anyone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity.

Anne-Marie is an excellent speaker, and she’s keen to answer any questions you have when you come along.

A former economist, she’s been a Fulbright Scholar, and is now a Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, and a Fellow with Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

You can hear an interview she did with Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme:

and watch this EHF interview:

Please do come along and meet Anne-Marie and hear how our data can be of use to you, perhaps, and in the global project of advancing human rights.

11 October
Decima Glenn Room (260-310) OGGB
Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, University of Auckland

Open to the public, and free. See you there!