Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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What are Key Preparation Steps? What do I Need to do to Prepare an Evaluation?

Evaluation item: 
Prepare for an Evaluation
  • Managing an Evaluation available on BetterEvaluation is of particular interest to evaluation commissioners, managers and evaluators themselves. Information on this site provides details on the decisions that need to be made while planning an evaluation, including:
  • OECD. "Preparing an Evaluation in Situations of Conflict and Fragility." In Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility: Improving Learning for Results, DAC Guidelines and Reference Series, 39-55. OECD Publishing, 2012.
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    • Intermediate
    • This chapter is specifically dedicated to preparing evaluations in situations of conflict and fragility, and is divided as follows:
      • Summary of key steps for preparing an evaluation
      • Define the purpose of the evaluation
      • Analyze the conflict context
      • Consider gender equality
      • Determine the scope of the evaluation
      • Decide on evaluation criteria
      • Outline key evaluation questions
      • Select evaluation approach and method to fulfill purpose
      • Take timing and logistical issues into consideration
      • Co-ordinate with other actors
      • Determine how the evaluation will be managed
      • Select and contract the evaluation team
      • Prepare to disseminate evaluation results
      • Control quality
  • Church, Cheyanne, and Mark Rogers. "Evaluation Preparation." In Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation Programs, 96-136. Washington, D.C.: Search for Common Ground, 2006.
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    • Intermediate
    • Church and Rogers present a detailed account of the necessary steps to conduct evaluations taking into consideration the key aspects that range from core concepts to logistics and budgeting. This chapter is especially relevant for individuals who wish to learn more about evaluation of peacebuilding programming, as it directly links the issue of planning an evaluation to peacebuilding programming. This chapter contains the following information:
      • The Actors Involved in Evaluation Preparation
      • Length of the Evaluation Preparation Process
      • The Core Preparation Decisions and How They Relate to Each Other
        • Evaluation Objectives
        • Audience
        • Type of Evaluation
        • Evaluator’s Role
        • Evaluation Approaches
        • Evaluation Scope
        • Type of Evaluator
        • Timing of the Evaluation
        • Budget

In order to prepare a sound evaluation, a series of crucial steps must be taken into account. Although ensuring high quality evaluation is linked to the early stages of analysis and design, following the steps and recommendations suggested in the materials referenced in this section will help stakeholders involved in planning and implementing high quality peacebuilding evaluations.

This section is intended mainly for (but is not limited to) peacebuilding practitioners with little or no evaluation experience, and for more seasoned evaluators who can benefit from a more structured approach to planning an evaluation.