Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Where Can I Find Good Comprehensive “How To” Toolkits and Resources Available Online?

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Toolkits and Resources
  • Church, Cheyanne, and Mark Rogers. Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation Programs. Washington, D.C.: Search for Common Ground, 2005.
    • Part I is available here and Part II is available here
    • Beginner, Intermediate
    • Church and Rogers’ Designing for Results is a comprehensive manual that walks the reader through the key concepts, tools and methods required to improve peacebuilding programming through better design, monitoring and evaluation. The manual is easy to read and different parts can be consulted separately as needed. The manual also highlights the importance of learning, and provides detailed explanations on different aspects of program design along with useful practical examples.
  • BetterEvaluation (2014). BetterEvaluation Rainbow Framework and Planning Tool.
    • Available here
    • Beginner
    • The BetterEvaluation Rainbow Framework helps to plan an evaluation by providing a clear structure that prompts the reader to think about all the steps required to perform an evaluation – from thinking about who will conduct it to analyzing results and generalizing findings.
  • Search for Common Ground (2013). Training Modules for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding.
    • Available here
    • Beginner
    • Based on Church and Rogers’ Designing for Results, these training modules synthetize key concepts from the book, complementing it with practical, real-life examples, making the content more accessible.
  • Corlazzoli, Vanessa, and Jonathan White. "Back to Basics: A Compilation of Best Practices in Design, Monitoring & Evaluation in Fragile and Conflict-affected Environments" CCVRI Guidance Series. London: DFID, 2013.
    • Available here
    • Intermediate
    • This comprehensive, up-to-date guide discusses the key concepts and elements of program design, monitoring and evaluation in fragile and conflict environments, and goes over the key steps needed to ensure solid Design, Monitoring & Evaluation systems. The guide offers key advice on why each of the elements discussed matter, includes practical tips, and features a detailed bibliography on relevant materials by topic.
  • Kusters, Cecile S. L., et al. Making Evaluations Matter: A Practical Guide for Evaluators. Wageningen: Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University and Research Centre, 2011.
    • Available here
    • Intermediate
    • Intended mainly for evaluators in the development field (though still relevant for other users), this document contains practical guidance on how to make evaluations more useful. It offers key principles and approaches on how evaluators can make evaluations matter more to their intended users, and how to get relevant stakeholders involved in the process.
  • Kusek, Jody Zall, and Ray C. Rist. Ten Steps to a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System: A Handbook for Development Practitioners. Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2004.
    • Available here and also available here in video
    • Intermediate
    • The primary intended users of this handbook are officials in charge of managing for results. The handbook provides a on a comprehensive ten-step model that guides the reader through the process of setting up effective results-based M&E systems. Chapter 7 focuses on key aspects of evaluation and their relevance to results-based management systems.
  • My M&E. Evaluation Step by Step.
    • Available here
    • Beginner, Intermediate
    • This practical step-by-step guide offers complete guidance for evaluators and evaluation managers, including: how to plan, how to manage, how to conduct an evaluation, how to assure the quality of evaluations, and how to use evaluation results. The guide offers several technical notes on different subjects, along with suggestions of key reference manuals, useful checklists and practical examples.
  • Patton, Michal Quinn. Evaluation Flash Cards: Embedding Evaluative Thinking in Organizational Culture. St. Paul, MN: Otto Bremer Foundation, 2004.
    • Available here
    • Beginner
    • These flash cards address fundamental concepts and elements in a very clear and succinct manner. The inclusion of “bottom line” messages as well as the concrete tips and advice offered throughout the document are particularly useful.
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These are “soup to nuts” general evaluation/peacebuilding evaluation “how to” guides that can be found online. Users of these materials can be peacebuilding practitioners with little or no evaluation experience, as well as evaluators without a background on peacebuilding evaluation.