Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation is a means of tracking progress and assessing impact of activities by gathering data against agreed indicators. It enables intended and unintended consequences of activities to be identified and plans to be reviewed and adapted accordingly. It can support accountability of stabilisation actors and their use of resources.

default Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility

Institution: OECD DAC INCA                                                   
Publication date: 2012
Keywords: M&E; Conflict


These guidelines will be of most relevance to desk officers responsible for designing robust M&E ToRs as well as to staff conducting M&E processes. 

pdf Guidance on Evaluating Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Publication Date: 2008
Institution: OECD
Keywords: M&E


This guidance is aimed at establishing best practice in the evaluation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities, defined as "preventing conflict or building peace; they are usually (but not always) focussed on a particular conflict zone - an area threatened by, in the midst of, or recovering from serious intergroup violence" - in other words, programmes that seek to address conflict and peace, rather than conflict sensitive programmes. It is intended to benefit different audiences in different ways.  The primary target audience includes policy staff, field and desk officers from donor development agencies, and evaluation managers. Implementers and programme managers may also find the guidance useful however. 

pdf Measuring peacebuilding: challenges, tools, actions

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Author: Svein Erik Stave
Publication Date: May 2011
Institution: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center
Keywords: Peacebuilding, Monitoring and Evaluation


The United Nations alone currently spends more than $7billion every year on international peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities.  Donors and other actors are increasingly pushing for increased documentation of its effects, especially given growing awareness of the gaps between ambitions and results in various places and broader questions about the overall effectiveness of peacebuilding activity.  This policy brief identifies some of the challenges and proposes some principles and approaches that could improve measurement of peacebuilding.

pdf Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE): Metrics Framework

Author: John Agoglia, Michael Dziedzic, Barbara Sotirin
Institution: United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Publication Date: 2010
Keywords: Monitoring and Evaluation; M&E


The Monitoring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE) Metrics Framework is an ambitious attempt to define a set of metrics (outcomes, indicators and measures) that can be used to monitor and evaluate progress during stabilisation operations.  They are intended to help policy makers to carry out baseline assessments, set realistic goals and establish indicators to track progress against. The MPICE Metrics Framework is intended to be used in conjunction with the ‘Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction’ (also published by USIP).  It was developed in conjunction with a range of US Government organisations.

pdf Monitoring and Evaluating Stabilisation Interventions

Author: Stabilisation Unit
Institution: Stabilisation Unit
Publication Date: 2010
Keywords: M&E


This brief lessons note is one of the Stabilisation Unit's 'Top Lessons from Stabilisation and Conflict' produced in 2010.  It should be read in conjunction with the eight others in this series.  It focuses on why monitoring and evaluation of stabilisation interventions is important, and how it should be done.

pdf Monitoring and evaluation in stabilisation interventions

Author: Christian van Stolk, Tom Ling, Anais Reding, Matt Bassford
Institution: RAND Europe
Publication Date: October 2010
Keywords: Monitoring and Evaluation; Stabilisation


Monitoring and evaluation should be an integral part of stabilisation interventions to improve planning, maximise intended impacts and reduce unintended consequences.  The stabilisation environment is a challenging context within which to conduct effective evaluation, however, there are a number of practical steps that can be taken to mitigate these challenges.

This document sets out what is considered current practice in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) frameworks in stabilisation interventions and identifies a number of steps that could be taken forwards to improve the M&E of stabilisation interventions.  The document is based on interviews with policymakers and practitioners from a number of nations.

default Monitoring Peace Consolidation - United Nations Practitioners' Guide to Benchmarking

Publication Date: 2010
Author: United Nations
Institution: United Nations
Keywords: M&E


This handbook aims to provide basic principles, guidelines and resources to enable United Nations field presences to measure progress towards (or regress away from) peace consolidation.  The handbook focuses on technical aspects of benchmarking the external environment.  It is not intended to be used to assess the efficiency, effectiveness or even attributed impact of the United Nations Presence ('Results Based Benchmarking').  It will therefore complement other sources of guidance on monitoring and evaluation but not substitute for them.  It is intended to serve as a technical (non-policy) resource tool primarily for use in the field.

default Power, Politics, and Change - How International Actors Assess Local Context

Author: Jenna Slotin, Vanessa Wyeth, and Paul Romita
Institution: International Peace Institute
Publication Date: 2010
Keywords: Stabilisation, Conflict


This report presents an analysis of conflict, governance, and fragility/stability assessment tools being usedby bilateral and multilateral actors.  It investigates how and whether assessments actually affect international actors’ strategies and programmes.  The document provides a critical look on how to better use assessment tools in order to ensure interventions are based on a nuanced understanding of complex political dynamics in conflict-affected and fragile states.

pdf Results Framework and M&E Guidance Note

Title: Results Framework and M&E Guidance Note
Institution: World Bank
Publication date: 2013


This work will be of most relevance to desk officers developing M&E TORs as well as staff required to conduct M&E processes. 

pdf Results in Fragile and Conflict Affected States and Situation

Institution: Department for International development 
Publication date: July 2012
Keywords: M&E


This is a practical guide to M&E in FCAS, starting with the basics and setting out definitions, key challenges and current experience and learning in understanding issues of performance and impact. This document will be useful to practitioners looking to apply best practice.

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