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.

Key Issues:

The Metrics Framework is structured according to the sectors used in the Guiding Principles - i.e. Safe and Secure Environment, Social Well Being, Political Moderation and Stable Governance, Sustainable Economy and Rule of Law.  For each it sets out goals (outcomes), indicators and measures.
The suggested goals are derived from the premise that stability depends on reducing commonly recognised drivers of conflict (such as political marginalisation) and increasing institutional performance (particularly but not exclusively security institutions) to the point where conflict can be managed and contained by Government institutions.

The indicators include a mixture of quantitative and more qualitative (perception based) data, although care will still need to be taken with methodology to ensure that responses to surveys, for instance, are sufficiently contextualised.  They are intended for use at the national level, although many could be tailored to be useful at sub-national levels as well.

There are also practical limitations to the use of the Metrics Framework, which recognises it would not be possible to use all the indicators contained within it.  Users will need to select a manageable number of the most suitable and practical indicators for their needs, and to adapt and tailor them to the specific context.

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