Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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What is Peacebuilding Evaluation and How has it Evolved?

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The Evolution of the Peacebuilding Evaluation Field
  • Church, Cheyanne. "Peacebuilding Evaluation: From Infancy to Teenager." New Routes 13 (2008): 3-6.
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    • Beginner
    • This article provides an overview of the evolution of peacebuilding evaluation during the past decade, starting with a discussion on what peacebuilding evaluation is and what it focuses on. It also identifies key developments that need to occur in order to make peacebuilding evaluation more effective.
  • Church, Cheyanne. "Evaluating Peacebuilding: Not Yet All It Could Be." In Advancing Conflict Transformation: The Berghof Handbook II, edited by Beatrix Austin, Martina Fischer, and Hans J. Giessmann, 459-482. Opladen/Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2011. 
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    • Intermediate
    • This article explores the state of the art in evaluation in peacebuilding, and provides a more comprehensive overview of the field, including a discussion on what makes peacebuilding evaluation different. The article also touches on the actors involved in peacebuilding evaluation; highlights some open questions and challenges; and presents a number of recommendations for advancing the quality of peacebuilding evaluation.
  • Blum, Andrew. "Improving Peacebuilding Evaluation: A Whole-of-Field Approach." Special Report 280, United States Institute of Peace, 2011.
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    • Intermediate
    • Andrew Blum highlights the evolution of the field during the past decade, but also argues that a number of problems –and the vicious circles they create– are holding back progress in the field. Finishing with a series of positive steps that need to be taken (and are being taken) by different actors in the field, the article helps to understand some of the most recent developments and challenges in the field.
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This section provides an overview of the historical evolution of the peacebuilding evaluation field, and hence can be of particular interest and utility to evaluation professionals who do not have a background on peacebuilding and may be looking to familiarize themselves with what evaluation looks like in this field.