Communication and Report Drafting in Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Mechanisms

59 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2014

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Rob Grace

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Date Written: July 4, 2014

Abstract

This working paper examines how monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) missions have responded to challenges regarding public communication and report drafting. Overall, the paper aims to present a portrait of the views and practices of the MRF community — as well as the implications of different approaches — regarding transparency. What should MRF practitioners communicate publicly? What information should be kept private? When a mission does communicate publicly, how should practitioners do so? What factors should shape practitioners’ communications strategies? How should these factors influence the ways that practitioners approach drafting MRF reports? This paper examines these questions, which — given that the effectiveness of an MRF mission hinges on the ability of commissioners to foster positive public perceptions of the mission’s credibility — are crucial to the overall success of the domain of MRF.

Suggested Citation

Grace, Rob, Communication and Report Drafting in Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Mechanisms (July 4, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2462590 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2462590

Rob Grace (Contact Author)

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative ( email )

14 Story Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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