What Works Series

What Works (WWs) provide programmatic guidance to UK government officials, Deployable Civilian Experts and contractors engaged in stabilisation. They are not a formal statement of HMG policy.

What Works: Analysis

This paper focuses on the important role that analysis plays in defining, shaping, designing and monitoring interventions funded by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).  It is meant to provide readers with a general background on analysis, as well as analytical approaches in support of stabilisation planning. Whilst reference is made to a number of bilateral and multilateral analytical approaches used in the field today, focus is given to HMG’s current analytical framework supporting conflict and stabilisation – the Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability (JACS).

What Works: M & E

This paper provides practical advice about conflict, stabilisation, security and justice activities with examples, evidence and tools, consistent with HMG’s engagement on stabilisation and wider aspects of working in fragile and conflict-affected states.  It draws on what the SU has learned to date and is primarily designed for programme staff in country offices, project implementers, deployed SU staff and Deployable Civilian Experts, and stabilisation practitioners generally.

What Works: Outsourcing

The vast majority of UK assistance for conflict, justice, security and stabilisation work is not delivered by HMG directly but is ‘outsourced’ to a range of delivery partners. Despite this significant trend in recent years, there has been a gap in HMG guidance for staff on issues to consider when outsourcing. This paper provides practical advice on how to increase the effectiveness of outsourced programmes. It focuses primarily on the use of outsourcing to implement interventions funded by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) but also is relevant to other outsourced government programmes that address these issues, such as those supported by the Department for International Development (DFID). It provides readers with practical guidance on when to outsource programmes, how to design them and contract delivery partners and how to manage outsourced programmes.

What Works: Planning

This paper focuses on the important role that planning plays in designing and implementing interventions funded by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). Readers should use this paper to familiarise themselves with the process of planning, as well as the specific frameworks used by the UK and its partners in supporting work in the area of conflict and stabilisation.

What Works: Policing the Context

This paper aims to enhance the impact of UK support to policing assistance programmes. Different contexts demonstrate diverse demands, which require different solutions. This paper seeks to distil learning of ‘what works’ in policing assistance programmes into practical guidance. It results from a year-long period of consultation and review.

What Works: Strategic Communications in Conflict and Stabilisation Interventions

This What Works paper provides practical advice about strategic communications in conflict and stabilisation interventions. It provides an introduction and general background to the field, along with analysis and tools, consistent with the UK government’s stabilisation work in challenging environments. The paper focuses on both the conceptual aspects of strategic communications and the practical, operational activities that flow from them. It has a deliberate focus on best practice and what works and is primarily designed for communications practitioners, programme staff in country offices, project implementers, deployed Stabilisation Unit staff and Deployable Civilian Experts.

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