Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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What Books and Toolkits Should I have on my Shelf as Resources? “Top Five” Key Books and Toolkits: Library Must Haves

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Evaluation (General)

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.
Peacebuilding Evaluation

Materials featured here are intended for commissioners of evaluations of peacebuilding, and for individuals who might have evaluation experience, yet not directly related to peacebuilding programming.

  • Paffenholz, Thania, and Luc Reychler. Aid for Peace: A Guide to Planning and Evaluation for Conflict Zones. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2007.
    • Available here for purchase.
    • Intermediate
    • Aid for Peace provides conceptual thought and practical support. It leads both practitioner and academic reader through a planning and evaluation process that helps the user to better design development, humanitarian, and peacebuilding interventions in conflict prone areas of the world. 
  • OECD-DAC. Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility: Improving Learning for Results, DAC Guidelines and Reference Series. Paris: OECD Publishing, 2012.
    • Available here
    • Intermediate
    • This guidance provides comprehensive guidance on the core steps in planning, carrying out and learning from evaluation. Additionally, it also presents a conceptual framework, discussing the need to evaluate programming in settings of conflict and fragility, and how to overcome challenges to evaluation. Annexes include a discussion on conflict analysis and its use in evaluation, a discussion on theories of change and how to evaluate them, and a sample of terms of reference of an evaluation.

While this Field Guide focuses on online resources, there are key books/print resources that anyone engaged in peacebuilding evaluation should have. This section features a few key reference books and toolkits on evaluation in general, as well as on peacebuilding evaluation.