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. 

Key Issues:

The publication provides step-by-step guidance on evaluation, as well as some basic principles on good programme design and management.  It urges donors and partners to:

  • Base their work on a clear understanding of the conflict context, its key drivers, political economy, dynamics and actors, and a deep analysis of how their own activities will interact with and impact (directly or indirectly) on peacebuilding and statebuilding processes.
  • Use critical analysis to generate more credible information about the effectiveness and results of their peacebuilding strategies and programmes.
  • Question the underlying assumptions of their work and strengthen the evidence-base for peacebuilding support by testing their theories about how change happens.
  • Be responsive to and sensitive of the conflict when designing, implementing or evaluating programmes – to avoid making things worse

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