Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Author / Copyright Holder: Carlos Bozzoli, Tilman Brück and Nina Wald
  We provide an overview over the concepts, pitfalls and challenges involved in conducting scientifically sound impact evaluations and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in conflict-affected and fragile states or areas. We consider both interventions aimed at preventing and overcoming war, conflict and insecurity as well as interventions targeted at common socio- economic outcomes such as livelihoods, employment, microfinance, health or poverty which happen to be in insecure or post-conflict reconstruction environments....
Author / Copyright Holder: Tilman Brück, Patricia Justino, Philip Verwimp and Andrew Tedesco
  Violent conflict is a key obstacle to overall economic development and specifically to human development. Conflicts vary greatly in their nature – hence the impacts of conflicts on people also vary greatly. If socioeconomic research on conflict has demonstrated one thing, it is that the circumstances of conflict matter greatly for policies designed to end and overcome the legacies of conflict....
Author / Copyright Holder: Jyotsna Puri, Anastasia Aladysheva, Vegard Iversen, Yashodhan Ghorpade and Tilman Brück
  Despite the widespread occurrence of humanitarian emergencies such as epidemics, earthquakes, droughts, floods and violent conflict and despite the significant financial resources devoted to humanitarian assistance, systematic learning from such interventions using rigorous theory-based impact evaluations are very rare....
Author / Copyright Holder: Carlos Bozzoli, Tilman Brück and Nina Wald
  We provide an overview over the concepts, pitfalls and challenges involved in conducting scientifically sound impact evaluations and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in conflict-affected and fragile states or areas. We consider both interventions aimed at preventing and overcoming war, conflict and insecurity as well as interventions targeted at common socio- economic outcomes such as livelihoods, employment, microfinance, health or poverty which happen to be in insecure or post-conflict reconstruction environments....
Author / Copyright Holder: Abdul Khabir Mirzakhail
In this blog post, the author discusses the influence of media and how it can be measured using the examples of "The Team" and "16 and Pregnant".  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Lisa Inks, Mercy Corps and Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation
In this talk, Lisa Inks discusses a comparative study Mercy Corps is conducting of three types of conflict-affected communities in order to identify the effects of their programs.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Dave Davis, Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation
In this Thursday Talk, Professor Dave Davis of George Mason University discusses Means Ends Objective Network (MEON), a mathematical way to describe a Theory of Change, and determine how robust it is.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Robert Blair, Christopher Blattman and Alexandra Hartman/Innovations for Poverty Action
Conflict early warning remains an important but elusive goal in Liberia. If outbreaks of violence could be predicted before they occur, early responders could focus their energies and scarce resources on the highest-risk communities. Is such a goal realistic? In this report, the authors describe results from a two-year study that suggest prediction may be more promising than initially expected.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Christopher Blattman and Jeannie Annan
The international NGO Landmine Action (LMA, now known as Action on Armed Violence) ran an intensive, best practices agricultural training program, targeting ex-combatants and other high-risk youth in rural hot spots. From 2009 to 2011, Christopher Blattman (Yale) and Jeannie Annan (International Rescue Committee) worked with IPA (www.poverty-action.org) and LMA to do a quantitative and qualitative study of the LMA pro-gram.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Search for Common Ground
This self-guided modular curriculum breaks the project cycle down into easily manageable stages as they relate to the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding projects and programs. The modules are meant to enable peacebuilders to learn simple, practical, and effective tools to design high quality programs and follow them up with rigorous monitoring and evaluation....
Author / Copyright Holder: RAND Coporation
Defense Sector Assessment Rating Tool (DSART), by the RAND Corporation, consists of six assessments to qualitatively and quantitatively determine the state of a country’s defense sector, its institutions and processes, and its capacity to carry out operations for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, counternarcotics, border and maritime security, counterpiracy, and postconflict stabilization. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding, Sharon Morris
In this interview, Sharon Morris, Director of the Youth & Conflict Division at Mercy Corps, reflects on recent progress and achievements made in the advancement of peacebuilding design, monitoring and evaluation. She praises the maturation thus far of peacebuilding DM&E, and implores practitioners to have more faith and confidence that our approaches will be validated by the evidence collected through evaluation....
Author / Copyright Holder: Howard White
This article addresses the potential use of mixed methods approaches in quantitative impact evaluation. It provides examples of how such an approach as strengthened impact evaluation work of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: U.K. Department for International Development
This report covers a study commissioned by DFID entitled 'Broadening the Range of Designs and Methods for Impact Evaluations.' Up to now most investment in IE has gone into a narrow range of mainly experimental and statistical methods and designs that according to the study's Terms of Reference, DFID has found are only applicable to a small proportion of their current programme portfolio....
Author / Copyright Holder: Richard Williams, Anica Mikuš Kos, Dean Ajdukovic, et al.
  This paper reports on an advanced research workshop that took place in April 2007 on Evaluation of Community based Psychosocial Programmes in Areas A¡ected by War and Terrorism. The workshop was sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The three day workshop was set up to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in psychosocial programmes in areas affected by war and terrorism from providers of those programmes.The focus of the workshop was programme evaluation and the methodology adopted by its organisers....
Author / Copyright Holder: Francisco Gutiérrez with Diana Buitrago, Andrea González, Camila Lozano
We present in this text results of our investigation of poor state performance indexes (PSPIs), developed within the second phase of the Crisis States Programme. This investigation consists of a ‘critical moment’ (the analysis of current practices and identification of potential weak and strong points) and a ‘constructive moment’ (the proposal of potential solutions and of an agenda of research on open questions). ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Practical advice for capturing and documenting influences and leverage in a Making Connections community. This guide provides clarification, concrete examples and suggested approaches for documentation of these often elusive concepts. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Howard White
Techniques for rigorous quantitative impact evaluation are increasingly being brought to bear on development interventions – including, as the articles in this collection show, by official development agencies. The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank has been a committed advocate of this move to greater rigour, but with its own mantra of ‘Rigorous and Relevant’, which is spelled out more fully as carrying out wellcontextualised, policy-relevant studies which adopt best practice quantitative approaches.   ...
Author / Copyright Holder: UNICEF
This publication aims to contribute to the international debate on how the evaluation function can contribute to achieving equitable development results by conceptualizing, designing, implementing and using evaluations focused on human rights and equity. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Ryan Bennett, Sameer Karki, and Nitu Nepal
Currently Nepal is going through an extremely volatile and long peace process. A Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) was signed in 2006 but, as Stedman (1997) argues, the signing of an agreement, while in the best case scenarios prevents a return to the macro war, does not eliminate all overt violence, for example so-called ‘spoiler’ or dissident violence....

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