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: Maryam Jillani, Search for Common Ground
Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation members reflect upon the Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference that took place this May in Washington D.C.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Rachel Goldwyn and Diana Chigas
All interventions - be they projects, programmes, a sector of work or country operational plans - interact with conflict in some way. Often there are unintended and unanticipated ways these interventions play out in a conflict context....
Author / Copyright Holder: Cordula Reimann / CDA Inc.
This CDA Working Paper series aims to share reflections, lessons learned, and practical support for practitioners who are undertaking their own program reviews and evaluations. Evaluability Assessment, the topic of this paper, is a form of program review well known in the evaluation world but neglected in the peacebuilding field....
Author / Copyright Holder: Center for Peacebuilding and Development at the School of International Service, American University; Search for Common Ground; United States Institute of Peace
This report, “Linking Program Design and Program Evaluation: A Challenging Task,” captures the findings of a meta-review of program evaluation reports conducted by American University’s Center for Peacebuilding and Development and Search for Common Ground....
Author / Copyright Holder: IPDET, World Bank, Carleton University
IPDET was designed to meet the needs of evaluation and audit units of many different types of organizations involved in development work. This comprehensive international program is designed to help a range of development specialists conduct significant evaluations of development interventions at the project, program, and policy levels....
Author / Copyright Holder: Cordula Reimann, Diana Chigas & Peter Woodrow for CDA, Inc.
Drawing on the findings of RPP regarding factors that contribute to effectiveness and impacts of peacebuilding, and on the experience of practitioners, this Working Paper offers an approach to reviewing program quality that addresses organizational needs for feedback, assessment and learning short of a formal evaluation.  In Section 2, this Working Paper offers some general introductory comments on evaluation in peacebuilding....
Author / Copyright Holder: OECD
The need for improved evaluation feedback is widely recognised by development agencies, both on grounds of accountability and learning. Greater accountability is seen as a prerequisite for continued support for development assistance within donor countries, while also being a vital component in creating robust and meaningful partnerships with countries and organisations that are recipients of aid....
Author / Copyright Holder: Andrew Blum and Melanie Kawano-Chiu
A product of the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the day-long Evidence Summit, which was held in December 2011 at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, and this report were made possible in part thanks to support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and USIP....
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: 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....
Author / Copyright Holder: Clara Hagens, Dominique Morel, Alex Causton, Christina Way
This series provides guidance for designing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. This series supports and complements CRS’ global M&E standards (CRS 2009). While the global standards represent the agency’s commitment to quality M&E as a key component of program quality, this series provides ‘how to’ guidance for operationalizing this commitment in practice. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Reina Neufeldt, Larissa Fast, Fr Robert Schreiter, Fr Brian Starken, Duncan MacLaren, Jaco Cilliers, John Paul Lederach
Peacebuilding: A Caritas Training Manual builds on the Caritas Handbook Working for Reconciliation, and extends the material into peacebuilding training and programming. It is a resource that contains both conceptual and practical tools to help fill the peacebuilder’s toolbox....
Author / Copyright Holder: Social Impact
This guide consolidates a number of ME&L approaches that have been newly developed or contextualized for fragile states and peacebuilding programs. A range of qualitative, quantitative and participatory approaches are included as well as tools for strengthening ME&L systems at the project or organization level. The approaches have come from bilateral and multilateral donors, local and international NGOs, consultants, and university groups from around the globe who were consulted in putting this guide together....
Author / Copyright Holder: NPI-Africa and the NCCK-CPBD
This report captures the thoughts and discussions of a meeting held from 14–16 March 2001, between staff of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Community Peace Building and Development Project (CPBD Project) and the Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa (NPI-Africa)....
Author / Copyright Holder: Cheyanne Church [ed.]
This edition of New Routes Journal examines the state of peacebuilding evaluation. It contains contributions from Cheyanne Church, Hannah Tsadik, Christoph Spurk, Reina Neufeldt, Diana Chigas and Peter Woodrow, and others.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: INCORE
This paper is a record of an international workshop in September 2010 on the evaluation of storytelling as a peacebuilding methodology. It includes lessons learned and useful methodological tips for evaluating the use of storytelling.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Cheyanne Church and Julie Soldice
24 individuals from around the world--who are actively engaged with issues related to conflict resolution and evaluation--met to discss issues relating to emerging practice and theory in conflict resolution evaluation. This paper captures the essence of the discussion around those emerging themes and further develops the issues through research and analysis.  Part 1: This paper provides information about current practices in the field and a framework through which to structure evaluation discussions. Part 2: This paper is the result of the second phase of the project. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Mary B. Anderson
Discussions of current conflicts often highlight their complexity. Under such difficult circumstances, how can international agencies that undertake programs to promote survival and/or peace determine what their impacts are? Tracing and assessing humanitarian or political attempts to lesson conflict has two dimensions....

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