Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Author / Copyright Holder: DME for Peace
DME for Peace and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium were pleased to host a talk with Kenneth Bush and Colleen Duggan who discussed the new book, Evaluation in the Extreme.(link is external) Over the past two decades there has been an increase in funding of research and evaluation in and on violently divided societies.  How do we know whether research and evaluation make any difference to these societies? Is the impact constructive or destructive?  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: DME for Peace, Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict
On February 3, 2015 DME for Peace and the Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict (WNCAC) hosted a panel discussion on Children and Youth in Peacebuilding: Evidence based approach to breaking cycles of violence. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Ned Lazarus, Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana, Maya Kahanoff, and Fakhira Halloun
Since 2004, the United States Agency for International Development’’s (USAID) Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) in Washington has held an annual Reconciliation Program Fund small-grants competition through an ““Annual Program Statement”” (APS). The Fund is a Congressional appropriation to support local-level ““people-to-people”” (P2P) conflict mitigation and reconciliation programs, and has grown from an initial award pool of $8 million to $26 million annually, with $10 million specifically allocated for programs in Israel/West Bank/Gaza (IWBG)....
Author / Copyright Holder: Ned Lazarus
An observer of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, reading most media accounts from the outside – and unfortunately most from the inside, as well -- could not be faulted for deciding it is hopeless....
Author / Copyright Holder: DME for Peace, Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict
On February 3, 2015 DME for Peace and the Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict (WNCAC) hosted a panel discussion on Children and Youth in Peacebuilding: Evidence based approach to breaking cycles of violence. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Carlos Bozzoli, Tilman Brück and Nina Wald
  We provide an overview over the concepts, pitfalls and challenges involved in conducting scientifically sound impact evaluations and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in conflict-affected and fragile states or areas. We consider both interventions aimed at preventing and overcoming war, conflict and insecurity as well as interventions targeted at common socio- economic outcomes such as livelihoods, employment, microfinance, health or poverty which happen to be in insecure or post-conflict reconstruction environments....
Author / Copyright Holder: Tilman Brück, Patricia Justino, Philip Verwimp and Andrew Tedesco
  Violent conflict is a key obstacle to overall economic development and specifically to human development. Conflicts vary greatly in their nature – hence the impacts of conflicts on people also vary greatly. If socioeconomic research on conflict has demonstrated one thing, it is that the circumstances of conflict matter greatly for policies designed to end and overcome the legacies of conflict....
Author / Copyright Holder: Jyotsna Puri, Anastasia Aladysheva, Vegard Iversen, Yashodhan Ghorpade and Tilman Brück
  Despite the widespread occurrence of humanitarian emergencies such as epidemics, earthquakes, droughts, floods and violent conflict and despite the significant financial resources devoted to humanitarian assistance, systematic learning from such interventions using rigorous theory-based impact evaluations are very rare....
Author / Copyright Holder: Shiva Dhungana
Shiva Dhungana of Search for Common Ground's Institutional Learning Team updates DME for Peace on the process and progress of the Nepal Partnership on Children and Youth in Peacebuilding's ongoing participatory evaluation.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Conor Mc Gale
Border Lives is a storytelling project that successfully utilized ethical storytelling principles to capture the experiences of people living along the border region of Northern Ireland, home to one of the most deeply entrenched conflicts in western European history. In this blog Border Lives’ Project Manager Conor Mc Gale shares the project’s process for ethical storytelling and their lessons learned. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: UNICEF
This video shares the story of a young man from South Sudan and his hopes for peacebuilding. The video was made in partnership with the UNICEF Peacebuilding, Education, and Advocacy (PBEA) Programme. For more information about the PBEA, and to access resources related to their activities, visit the PBEA community of practice housed here on DME for Peace!...
Author / Copyright Holder: Carlos Bozzoli, Tilman Brück and Nina Wald
  We provide an overview over the concepts, pitfalls and challenges involved in conducting scientifically sound impact evaluations and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in conflict-affected and fragile states or areas. We consider both interventions aimed at preventing and overcoming war, conflict and insecurity as well as interventions targeted at common socio- economic outcomes such as livelihoods, employment, microfinance, health or poverty which happen to be in insecure or post-conflict reconstruction environments....
Author / Copyright Holder: NATO
This volume reviews recent practices, and suggests ways the process could be improved ...
Author / Copyright Holder: UNDP, USAID and International Peace Institute
The report explores the ways in which ICTs and the data they generate can assist international actors, governments, and civil society organizations to more effectively prevent violence and conflict.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Esther Marthaler (HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation), Sidonia Gabriel (KOFF)
This manual was produced to provide hands-on guidance to staff and partners of development organisations that are working in FCS. It contains one section, which provides guidance for facilitators and explains key conceptsn and key terms....
Author / Copyright Holder: Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution(IPCR) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
This framework aims to enable the understanding of conflict in Nigeria and analyzes the ways in which peacebuilding practices can be implemented. It assists development planners and implementers conduct development interventions in ways that build peace and reduce the risks of violent conflicts. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Journal of Peacebuilding and Development
JOURNAL OF PEACEBUILDING & DEVELOPMENT Volume 8, No. 2 (2013) EVALUATION IN VIOLENTLY DIVIDED SOCIETIES (VDS): POLITICS, ETHICS AND METHODS Those who work in support of peacebuilding and development initiatives are acutely aware that conflict-affected environments are volatile, unpredictable and fast-changing....
Author / Copyright Holder: Marie Gaarder and Jeannie Annan / World Bank
The paper argues that it is possible and important to carry out impact evaluations even in settings of violent conflict, and presents examples from a collection of impact evaluations of conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Christopher Blattman, Alexandra Hartman and Robert Blair
Governments and NGOs commonly try to “teach” civic val-ues, conflict resolution, and democratic norms through widespread dialogue, education and information campaigns. But do these dialogue and education programs work as intended? Can education campaigns actually change norms and behaviors and, if so, how? To help answer this question, IPA and Yale University researchers studied one of Liberia’s largest peacebuilding programs—the Community Empowerment Program—for answers....
Author / Copyright Holder: Adam Kessler/The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development
The case study examines the Sustainable Employment and Economic Development (SEED) programme, implemented by a consortium led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. SEED explicitly aims to reduce conflict through employment promotion, and develop a conflict sensitive results measurement system.  ...

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