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Social science experiments: How can they support the work of human rights advocates?

Human rights scholars are increasingly using experimental research methods to explore the impact and efficacy of human rights work. In this openGlobalRights series, authors explore when and how experiments can help support evidence-based human rights advocacy.

This openGlobalRights series was first developed by the late Will H. Moore, a noted, and much-loved, scholar of human rights. We are deeply grateful for his support and contributions, and dedicate this series to his memory, family, students, and colleagues.

International recognition and public opinion towards conflict and violence

Experiments show international recognition of statehood could change popular support for violence in self-determination conflicts. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on social science experiments.

Discrimination in action: the value of experiments in human rights

A video game experiment in Slovenia reveals discriminatory practices against the Roma—what else might experiments teach us about human rights? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on .

Monetizing the human rights “brand”

Marketing research can help Mexican rights groups monetize their “brand” and boost public donations. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on . Español

Using experiments to improve women’s rights in Pakistan

Experiments on support for women’s rights in Pakistan could improve the implementation and enforcement of UN treaties. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on .

The human rights lab: using experiments to craft effective messaging

Framing issues in different ways can undermine or bolster support of human rights, and experiments can help to explain why. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Español.

Ordinary people will pay for rights. We asked them

New research suggests that if human rights organizations use evidence-based fundraising strategies, the public will donate. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates on funding and public opinion and human rights. Español

Is public opinion an effective constraint on torture?

Americans’ support for torture increases depending on who is involved and how it is framed. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights. Españolالعربية

Human rights data used the wrong way can be misleading

While data is important for human rights advocacy, the risks of misleading people are also very real and advocates must insist on rigor.

 

Naming crimes: genocide and public opinion in the United States

Debates about the label “genocide” distract from the substantive discussion about whether and how to stop the killing. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights.

Discrimination, cooperation, and building communities

New research shows that people who experience discrimination are less likely to contribute to the common good. A contribution to the openGlobalRights’ public opinion and human rights debate. Español 

To discredit victims, call them terrorists

Repressive governments can damage the effectiveness of human rights action by attempting to discredit a prisoner of conscience. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Public Opinion and Human Rights.

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