It is key for public officials to be able to demonstrate the need for action through convincing evidence. Reliable data helps secure political and public support for fundamental rights related policies and measures. It also helps set the right priorities and ensures that resources are used effectively on priority needs.
To identify the issues to act on, public officials should:
Collect and analyse information
A baseline assessment of the situation on the ground helps identify current gaps and challenges in fundamental rights protection. It helps define targets for future policies, strategies and action plans.
Diversify sources of data
Data often seems hard to get by. By using all existing data – including from non-governmental sources and national statistical offices – public officials can keep data collection costs low and get a more comprehensive picture of the situation.