These resources are intended mainly for practitioners commissioned to conduct evaluation of peacebuilding programming but who have little or no evaluation experience or knowledge of evaluation.
- Rossi, Peter H., Mark W. Lipsey, and Howard E. Freeman. Evaluation: A Systematic Approach.Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2004.
- Available here for purchase
- This comprehensive book covers a broad range of topics related to conducting evaluations, from framing evaluation questions to the politics of evaluation.
- Bamberger, Michael, Jim Rugh, and Linda Mabry. Real World Evaluation: Working Under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints. Second Edition.Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2006.
- Condensed summary available here, or purchase the book here.
- This book is particularly useful for individuals interested in evaluation the peacebuilding field as it addresses the challenges of conducting evaluations under “real world constraints” – i.e. budget and time limitations, and where critical data are not available or are of poor quality, which are often the circumstances in which peacebuilding programming takes place.
- Patton, Michael Quinn. Utilization Focused Evaluation. Fourth Edition. St. Paul, MN: SAGE Publications, 2008.
- Available here for purchase.
- Michael Quinn Patton’s Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) approach puts forward the idea evaluation should be judged on its usefulness to its intended users. This book is crucial for the peacebuilding field given the need to increase both accountability and –especially– learning in order to improve peacebuilding programming.