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Who has used IBC, and for what? Here are the main categories of use, with examples of each.

NGOs and think tanks who have used IBC data

Landmine Action

IBC provided data for various initiatives around the use of cluster munitions in Iraq. For instance, IBC data was cited in the publication Out of balance: the UK Government’s efforts to understand cluster munitions and international humanitarian law (November, 2005)

Brookings Institute, Washington

Since 2004, the Brookings Institute has published a twice-weekly Iraq Index. The index constantly updates statistics on all aspects of the Iraq conflict and reconstruction efforts. IBC is a primary ongoing data source for the Brookings civilian casualty figures.

The Iraq Commission (UK, July 2007)

Jointly sponsored by the Foreign Policy Centre and Channel 4 TV, this cross-party commission chaired by former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, took evidence from many sources, and received a written submission from Iraq Body Count. The commission’s recommendations include specific reference to IBC.

Small Arms Survey, Geneva

IBC data is being used by a research team led from the Small Arms Survey (SAS) in a “Violence Reporting Project” to assess whether the reporting of individual incidents of armed violence by the media and other outlets can be used as a reliable proxy indicator to measure actual levels of violence. This follows directly from IBC’s participation in a SAS-hosted meeting on methodologies used by researchers to estimate numbers of armed conflict deaths held February 2006 under COST Action A 25 (European Small Arms and the Perpetuation of Violence). Working Group 1 (Improving Research Capacity).1