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date: 29 May 2020

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This chapter outlines two key methodological gaps in conflict data analysis: (1) the gap between collected data and underlying reality; and (2) the gap between measurements of specific experiences and the broader reality of the conflict. With respect to the first gap, the chapter reviews potential shortcomings in various forms of data collection including data from surveys, media sources, health sector sources, legal mechanisms, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) case files. With respect to the second gap, the chapter describes three common issues in translating measurements of specific experiences into broader knowledge about conflict: misunderstanding the gendered nature of violence; making incorrect inferences of subjective experiences of violence; and overlooking potential gendered benefits of conflict. The chapter offers recommendations for researchers and suggests a more careful acknowledgment of the shortcomings of data when presenting findings.

Keywords: conflict data analysis, methodological gaps, measurement, violence, gendered violence

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