(video) Review of “Evidence for Hope” by Kathryn Sikkink

In our first ever vlog post, I review “Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century” by Kathryn¬†Sikkink.

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  1. Sergio Teixeira

    Hi Alex. Thanks for another great post. It reminds me how important storytelling is to my work in international development, but also to human development and wellbeing more generally. I need to take great care with my use of data, words, and images, because they contribute to building perceptions of reality, and in turn people’s reactions and actions, and therefore reality itself.

  2. Maia Barmish

    So nice to hear your animated discussion of “Evidence for Hope,” Alex. Especially interesting to me was when you talked about evaluation of human rights programmes and if done improperly, it can lead to false pessimism about human rights agendas more broadly. Good to know there is hope in a time when the news is filled with particularly discouraging stories.

    • Alexandra Reis

      Maia, if you’re interested in monitoring human rights, this is a really interesting book. I was amazing at the risks of using 2 of the most widely-used and long-lasting HR indicators: the Political Terror Scale (PTS) and the Cingranelli and Richards Physical Integrity Rights Index (CIRI).

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