IDS Policy Briefing;160

Assessing the Strength of Different Violence Monitoring Systems in Crises

Published on 20 December 2018

Violence monitoring systems can play a vital role in tracking, managing, and responding to violence. Such systems typically rely on one or a combination of strategies for data collection, including old and new media monitoring. In spite of the widespread use of violence monitoring systems there is limited information on their comparative opportunities and limitations.

Drawing on research conducted during the 2017 Kenya elections, this briefing explains why policymakers and practitioners should continue to invest in combined approaches to violence monitoring that make use of both old and new media to play to their relative strengths while remaining aware of limitations and biases in both.

Cite this publication

Dowd, C.; Kishi, R.; Justino, P. and Marchais, G. (2018) 'Assessing the Strength of Different Violence Monitoring Systems in Crises', IDS Policy Briefing 160, Brighton: IDS

Citation copied


Image of Patricia Justino
Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

Image of Gauthier Marchais
Gauthier Marchais

Research Fellow

Publication details



About this publication

Research themes
Conflict and Violence

Related content