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M&E Thursday Talk - Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design, Implementation and Monitoring – Three Options from CDA


Join DME for Peace on Thursday, March 2nd at 10:00am EST as Anita Ernstorfer of CDA Collaborative Learning, hosts the M&E Thursday Talks to lead a discussion on “Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design, Implementation and Monitoring – Three Options from CDA.”


Anita will present on CDA’s new resource guide, “Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design, Implementation and Monitoring – Three Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) and Do No Harm (DNH) – infused options to strengthen the effectiveness of peacebuilding strategies and programs.”

The Guide puts forward three options: (i) Program Quality Assessments, (ii) Evaluability Assessments, and (iii) Strategy and Program Reflection Exercises using findings and lessons from CDA’s Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) and Do No Harm (DNH) Programs as criteria for effective and relevant peacebuilding engagement. It provides concrete guidance for practitioners on how to implement different ‘evaluative’ options – short of formal evaluations.

The session will focus on practical opportunities for peacebuilding and DM&E practitioners to apply any of these options. We hope that you will join us for a riveting discussion!

CDA developed this resource in partnership with the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It can be accessed here: For feedback on the Guide or inquiries on how to apply it in practice, please contact

When: Thursday, March 2nd at 10:00am EST

Where: Click here to register now on GoToWebinar

About the Speaker:


Anita Ernstorfer is the Director of Advisory Services at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA). She has fifteen years of international experience working with CDA, UNDP, UNICEF, GIZ, EU, academia and local NGOs. She has substantive expertise in conflict prevention, peacebuilding effectiveness, governance programming, conflict analysis, and conflict-sensitivity/Do No Harm. Anita is an experienced facilitator and trainer in systems approaches to peacebuilding work, including systems mapping. She works on the development of new design, monitoring and evaluation approaches to peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity, also in collaboration with the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium. She is currently developing a new collaborative learning initiative on effective approaches to prevent violent extremism, and contributes to CDA’s ongoing collaborative learning initiative on the role of business in peacebuilding. She has led numerous engagements with governmental, non-governmental and private sector stakeholders as an advisor, facilitator, trainer, program manager, and applied researcher. Prior to joining CDA, Anita worked as a global conflict prevention and peacebuilding adviser for UNICEF and UNDP, as a program adviser for GIZ’s Latin America portfolio, and the European Commission on aid coordination.  Anita was a co-instructor of the ‘applied peacebuilding – key competencies for field work’ graduate course at the Centre for International Conflict Resolution, at Columbia University/SIPA  2008-2012. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish Philology.