Empirical Research and the Development and Assessment of Transitional Justice Mechanisms

Posted: 19 May 2009  

Phuong Pham

Tulane University

Patrick Vinck

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; University of California, Berkeley; Tulane University

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

In this paper, we demonstrate different methods of empirical research available to transitional justice practitioners and scholars. Guidelines on how to conduct research in the field of transitional justice are outlined on the basis of the principles of monitoring and evaluation for decision making, program development and policy development. We argue that such methods offer policy makers a systematic way to consult a population and construct a comprehensive view of what this population has experienced (e.g., violations), what they know (e.g., knowledge of various transitional justice mechanisms), what they believe in (e.g., definition of justice) or what they need (e.g., accountability). Such knowledge is essential for developing effective evidence-based transitional justice programs.

Suggested Citation

Pham, Phuong and Vinck, Patrick, Empirical Research and the Development and Assessment of Transitional Justice Mechanisms (2007). The International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 1, Issue 2, pp. 231-248, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1405091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijm017

Phuong Pham

Tulane University ( email )

6823 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

Patrick Vinck

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative ( email )

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720-2300
United States

Tulane University

6823 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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