Peace and Human Rights Data

Founded: 2021
Faculty Leads: Phuong Pham, PhD, MPH, and Patrick Vinck, PhD
Status: Active Program
Regions of Focus: Central Africa, West Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, Middle East
Research Theme: Risk, Resilience and Response


HHI’s Peace and Human Rights Data Program conducts research and builds capacity in countries experiencing complex emergencies and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The program trains researchers and uses empirical and mixed research methods to consult, represent, and support survivors of mass violence and disasters. Through the program, HHI works to ensure that the needs of survivors are recognized and acted on by governments, United Nations agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.


Peacebuilding and Education

This project examines the role of education and schools and their associations with resilience in the context of violence and conflict. This project was developed in collaboration with UNICEF and builds on other work around youth and resilience conducted with the Eastern Congo Initiative.

Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Polls - DRC

This project conducts polls every three months in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to examine changes in security, protection, and access to justice over time. It was developed in collaboration with UNDP and MONUSCO to inform actors on the ground and provide timely data for decision making. A large baseline was conducted in 2013 based on the consultation of 5,000 randomly selected Congolese in the region.

Framework for Assessing Resilience

This projects seeks to develop a cross-cultural framework for assessing resilience in the context of conflicts and violence. It relies on large scale consultation and research in Guatemala, Liberia, and Timor-Leste. This work is implemented in collaboration with InterPeace.


The Peace and Human Rights Data program was created to develop and implement rigorous methodologies to investigate and inform the complex process of rebuilding societies after violence. The project features mixed-methods research undertaken in countries affected by mass violence, and include the development of measures and indicators to capture complex dynamics. One key component of this approach is a series of population-based studies to examine individuals experience of conflict, the effects of violence on their daily lives, and what survivors would like to see happen in the future. This consultation fills the gap between peacebuilding work as it is envisioned by policy-makers, and its implementation, reception and perception on the ground.

At present, the website features research undertaken by the program’s founding members. The program further helps improve the capacity of local organizations to collect and analyze data about survivors and vulnerable populations so that their needs will be heard and their rights can be protected.

Since 2003 the research team has interviewed over 40,000 survivors of violence in places like Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, the Philippines, Rwanda and Uganda.