Lengthy reports, interviews, and surveys are often ineffective and inefficient in reporting and monitoring cases of unlawful detention. By using code wheels (see picture), friends / family members can slide the wheel's moving parts in order to create an accurate description of when/how their loved-one was detained, and then text the corresponding code to an sms-database. The codes can then be analyzed for trends and patterns to help Amnesty International better understand risk factors, center their prevention efforts around those most at risk, or work to discover the best way to help those who have been detained and their families.
Root Change has started a similar project in Namibia to monitor and report cases of child labor near the Angolan border. A colleague of mine working for Root Change
piloted the use or monitoring wheels with Root Change this past summer.
In this case, Amnesty could distribute the cardboard wheels along with instructions of how to use them or lead workshops on the importance of reporting, how to operate the wheel, how to send in the text code, the importance of the data, etc.