Of flour, yeast and water - A recipe for (Syrian) conflict data

Reliable data is essential for conflict analysis but bias plague the collection and analysis of information. Therefore, a strategy to address and mitigate conflict bias is timely and necessary.

This paper provides a proof of concept on how to create a highly reliable database on the conflict in Syria. It uses information from a large set of local Syrian NGOs and known conflict sources to locate and compare bias. Subsequently, it provides a practical and evidence-based framework on how to create reliable data on Syria. Hence, the paper produces a recipe for reliable conflict data outlining what ingredients and how many of them should be used.


This Report has been commissioned by the Netherlands Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence within the PROGRESS framework agreement, lot 5, 2017. Responsibility for the contents and for the opinions expressed rests solely with the authors; publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Netherlands Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence.

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