Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Author / Copyright Holder: Melina Heinrich, the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development
How can you measure the achievements of private sector development in conflict-affected environments?  In this post Melina Heinrich introduces the updated DCED guidlines designed to answer this exact question!  From providing practical tips to offering an eight-part framework for measuring and managing results, this is an overview you will not want to miss! ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Ben Fowler and Adam Kessler for the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development
The paper provides guidance for measuring results in conflict affected environments (CAEs) using the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standard for Results Measurement.  Since 2008, the DCED Standard has been implmented by numerous private sector development (PSD) projects across Africa and Asia, and has helped monitor progress towards objectives and manage interventions....
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: 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: Adam Kessler/The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development
The case study examines the Sustainable Employment and Economic Development (SEED) programme, implemented by a consortium led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. SEED explicitly aims to reduce conflict through employment promotion, and develop a conflict sensitive results measurement system.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Mark M. Rogers / CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
This Working Paper series is based upon findings regarding program review and evaluation processes from across CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA) programs, all of which are concerned with issues of impact, results, assessment and learning, as well as mechanisms for obtaining feedback and being accountable for program effects....
Author / Copyright Holder: Naila Kabeer for Sida
In efforts to measure empowerment, do indicators mean what they are supposed to mean? Are the values they reflect appropriate? This paper examines the measurement of three dimensions of empowerment: resources (the conditions under which choices are made); agency (the process by which choices are made); and achievements (the outcomes of choices)....
Author / Copyright Holder: Vincenza Scherrer
Since the 1990s, internationally-supported peacebuilding interventions have become increasingly prominent. Activities focusing on rule of law and security institutions are a key component of this agenda. Despite increasing calls for more rigorous analysis of the impact of peacebuilding interventions, conceptual advances have been limited....
Author / Copyright Holder: John Mayne
Performance measurement is extensively and increasingly used to measure the performance of government programs (Mayne and Zapico-Goni 1997). In comparison with evaluation, which usually takes special one-time measures and extensive analysis of the data gathered, performance measurement is characterized by regular and often more straightforward measurement of aspects of a program's performance....
Author / Copyright Holder: Ray Pawson and Nick Tilley
Realist evaluation is a species of theory-driven evaluation. Some of the differences between it and fellow members of the genus (programme theory evaluation, theories-of-change evaluation) will be noted in the course of the section. What should be stressed in the first instance, however, is the commonality....
Author / Copyright Holder: Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding, Mohammed Abu-Nimer
When we talk about the current state of DM&E in the peacebuilding field, we often lament the fact that we do not have an established evidence base of what works, and that our methodological approaches are still not that sophisticated compared with other disciplines such as education and health....
Author / Copyright Holder: Mary B. Anderson and Lara Olson
This book is about the effectiveness of peace practice. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: David Collier
Process tracing is a fundamental tool of qualitative analysis, and improving the understanding and application of this tool is a central goal in the second edition of Rethinking Social Inquiry (RSI-2). Too often, process tracing is not adequately taught and it is not adequately understood among researchers who claim to use this tool. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: CARE Nepal
This research explores the theories of change (TOCs) and underlying assumptions of six peacebuilding initiatives of six organisations in Nepal: Alliance for Peace (AfP), CARE Nepal, International Alert, Search For Common Ground (SFCG), Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) and Youth Action Nepal (YOAC Nepal)....
Author / Copyright Holder: John Agoglia, Michael Dziedzic, Barbara Sotirin [eds.]
This document is a hierarchical metrics system of outcome-based goals, indicators, and measures that offers a comprehensive framework for measuring progress during stabilization and reconstruction operations. A vital tool that can be used in conjunction with the groundbreaking Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction, this manual provides the basis for baseline operation and strategic-level assessment, allowing policymakers to diagnose potential obstacles to stabilization prior to an intervention. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Koenraad Van Brabant
This document in the 'Peacebuilding How?' series takes a closer look at the criteria that are currently being used to assess and evaluate peacebuilding efforts. The report takes a closer look at the five criteria produced by the Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) Programme and the criteria developed by the OECD Development Assistance Committee.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Ken Menkhaus
The purpose of this paper is to clarify the challenges related to the assessment of impacts of peacebuilding, notably in post-conflict situations. The first part of the paper sets the context and describes how peacebuilding, notwithstanding initial resistances, eventually became accepted into development thinking and development practices....
Author / Copyright Holder: Alistair Hallam
ALNAP has commissioned a process of action research, of which this paper is a part, focusing on strengthening institutional understanding as well as capacities and processes in order to better harness the power of EHA....
Author / Copyright Holder: Claire Mcloughlin and Oliver Walton
This guide introduces some of the core debates and considerations for development practitioners involved in designing and managing M&E activities. It introduces key tools and approaches, provides case studies of applying different methodological approaches, and presents lessons learned from international experience of M&E in a range of developing country contexts....
Author / Copyright Holder: Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church
Assesses the quality of peacebuilding evaluation work being undertaken in a rapidly professionalizing field. The author gives several examples of good and bad practice and suggests that current evaluation practice is failing to foster accountability and learning quite as well as it could....

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