Health and Human Rights

Data Collection Method

A survey questionnaire was designed to gather information about the organizations' missions, structures and programs as well as assembling a profile of their work in relevant areas of health and human rights. Organizations were also asked to classify their work in 27 health program areas, where applicable. These health areas were intended to generally reflect the major health issues and challenges of the decade, as identified by WHO. In general these areas should be seen as reflecting the program structure of WHO and encompassing many, though not all, of the human rights implications of the health program areas.

The survey instrument contains a total of 65 questions in 9 sections (Contact Information, Mission and Structure, Primary Focus, Health Program Areas, Research, Documentation and Monitoring, Advocacy and/or Awareness Raising, Training and Education, and Client Services). Most of the questions are limited responses (yes/no or selection from a list), although some questions have a free-reponse data format. The survey also contains a matrix with 27 rows and 6 columns (5 columns of yes/no and 1 column of %)

The questionnaire and accompanying letter and information sheet were initially sent via e-mail to about 1000 organizations whose e-mail addresses were available to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in September 2000. In January 2001, surveys were sent via post to those organizations from whom a response was not received, as well as to 1000 additional organizations for which e-mail addresses were not available. Additional surveys were solicited in September 2001 after receiving additional addresses from WHO.

In 2004, the original survey was simplified to reflect more accurately the details page that will be posted on WHO's website. The survey now contains 16 questions (Contact Information, Organization Mission and Structure, Organizations' Primary Focus, Health Program Areas).