A manual for analysing and reporting quantitative data from the IRCT Anti-Torture Database (ATD). The manual introduces ATD users to the fundamentals of quantitative data analysis. The aim of this manual is to assist ATD users to develop and improve their quantitative data analysis expertise. More specifically the manual is aimed at:

  • developing ATD users’ skills to analyse data accurately and in context;

  • helping ATD users to identify trends and patterns of torture; and

  • developing ATD users’ knowledge and ability to share data for advocacy, research, awareness-raising and other human rights purposes.

Intended audience

The intended audience for this manual is users of the ATD but may also have a broader applicability beyond ATD users. Readers are not required to have a background in statistics. Although the focus is primarily on providing ATD users with a basic introduction to quantitative data analysis, provision is also made for more advanced users to explore more challenging aspects of data analysis.

How this manual is organized
This manual is organized into four chapters:

Chapter 1: Becoming Data-Smart This chapter provides an introduction to the way we think about, use and share torture-related data.

Chapter 2: Extracting and Preparing Data This chapter covers the essentials of how to extract data from the ATD and how to prepare the data for further analysis in Excel. We also introduce the various dimensions of data quality, why it is important and how you can ensure that your data remains of a high-quality standard.

Chapter 3: Analysing Data This is where things get really interesting! In this chapter we look at how to analyse ATD data with Excel. We address techniques for how to describe the data, as well as how to identify patterns, compare groups, and explore relationships in the ATD data.

Chapter 4: Reporting The final chapter covers the fundamentals of sharing data with different stakeholders. We look at how storytelling principles can be useful in shaping how we convey our analysis findings and how to target different types of stakeholders.

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