Evaluating peacebuilding programming over time can be valuable, but replete with challenges missing in more standard project evaluations. In this Thursday Talk, evaluation expert, Carlisle Levine, and Tom Bamat, internal management team member, discuss lessons learned from a recent evaluation of Catholic Relief Services justice and peacebuilding practice from 2007-2013.
About the Presenters
Tom Bamat is the Senior Advisor on Justice and Peacebuilding for CRS. He provides programming and evaluation support to staff, promotes the implementation of CRS’ peace and justice strategy, and fosters effective networking and applied learning. A sociologist (Ph.D. Rutgers, 1977), he has lived in the Andean region and northeast Brazil, and was formerly CRS Regional Advisor for Civil Society, Human Rights and Peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean. Tom has served on the Boards of the Life and Peace Institute & the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU, as well as the Steering Committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. Among his publications are works on human rights, religious movements, and responses to violent conflict.
Carlisle J. Levine is an international development, peacebuilding and advocacy evaluator. Prior to becoming an independent evaluator, Carlisle worked for CARE USA, Catholic Relief Services, USAID and the Inter-American Foundation and with InterAction. Her work has taken her to Latin America, Central and West Africa. She is a skilled facilitator and trainer with expertise in leading complex evaluations, building staff evaluation capacity, developing M&E systems and fostering collaborative learning processes. Dr. Levine has a Ph.D. in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation Thursday Talk: Evaluating Justice and Peacebuilding Practice: Lessons Learned from DM&E Learning Portal on Vimeo.
Discussion and Presentation
You can review the written transcript of the conversation here.
If you have any additional questions for our presenters, please post them in the discussion thread below.
Question from Mindy Reiser for Carlisle:
Were you able to see different responses to the efficacy of CRS peacebuilding work when, through no fault of CRS, the peacebuilding process does not succeed?