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Measuring the Impact of Negotiation and Mediation Work: Mercy Corps Experience

The Peacebuidling Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and the Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation(NPE) were pleased to have hosted the Thursday Talk on "Measuring the Impact of Negotiation and Mediation Work" with Leslie Wingender, Peacebuilding Advisor at Mercy Corps on September 4, 2014. 

Leslie discussed how they are currently testing and revising these tools based on feedback from various country teams as well as highlighted some of the challenges Mercy Corps has faced in using the tools. 


To view the accompanying Powerpoint, click here

To read a summary of the discussion, click here

About the Speaker:

Leslie Wingender is the Peacebuilding Advisor on the Conflict Management Technical Support Unit at Mercy Corps, where she assists country teams on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various conflict management programs around the globe. Previously, Leslie was the Peacebuilding  Evaluation Fellow at Mercy Corps, focusing on developing and testing M&E tools in collaboration with field staff engaged in peacebuilding work. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Leslie led a participatory evaluation study in Peru for Partners for Democratic Change and developed conflict sensitive indicators and guidance for emergency humanitarian response for Catholic Relief Services. She worked as a paralegal for four years in San Francisco and holds a Masters of Arts in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of California-Berkeley. 
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Thank you all for your participation in today's excellent presentation. 

We had many avenues of questioning to pursue, and time did not allow for all of our participants' questions to be answered during the presentation. 

To continue the discussion, we have posted those questions here. Please keep commenting!

Rob Watson: My question is - how can monitoring results and impact inform how we do our work - how can we improve - as well as understanding our impact. How can monitoring best inform our practice?

Claire-Lorentz Ugo-Ike: Looking at the data from Nigeria on the confidence and expertise levels before and after the training, you will observe that the expertise and confidence levels are more before the training than after the training. What do you think is responsible for that outcome? Having such data, which data should be used as the baseline data? Is it the data from the pre or post survey? 

Makda Maru: How do you reconcile indicators of peace and the criteria you develop to measure the impact? I ask this based on my experience working on peace and conflict indictors. Even in one country there is different.  For instance, in in some part of Ethiopia where pastoralists reside if the area is green then it might indicate there is tension meaning they are abandoning the areas for fear of conflict.

Sadiq Aryan: How you deal with these questions related to ethnicity and religion? I have seen in Pakistan and other conflict affected areas that people do not answer such delicate questions honestly.