Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Systems Thinking and Evaluation

On June 12, in part one of two sessions on systems thinking, Diana Chigas from CDA discusses systems thinking from the perspective of conflict resolution. 

About the Speaker

Diana Chigas is Co-Director of the Reflecting on Peace Practice Program (RPP) at CDA and a Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. At CDA she works with governmental and non-governmental on systemic conflict analysis, strategic planning and reflection and evaluation to improve the impact of peace programming. Diana was a contributor to the recent OECD DAC guidelines on evaluation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and to guidance for DFID on guidance on evaluation of peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity. Prior to joining CDA, Diana worked as a facilitator, trainer and consultant in negotiation, dialogue and conflict resolution, at Conflict Management Group, a non-governmental organization founded by Harvard Law School Professor Roger Fisher (and now part of Mercy Corps). Diana became involved with RPP as a participant in the first phase, as CMG’s programs in Cyprus and Georgia/South Ossetia were the subject of case studies for RPP. With CDA Executive Director Peter Woodrow, she has most recently co-authored a chapter on CDA’s experience using systems thinking in evaluation, “Systems Thinking in Peacebuilding Evaluations: Applications in Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Kosovo” (In Anderson, O. et al. Evaluation Methodologies for Aid in Conflict).

Recording and Transcript 

You can also review a summary of the conversation here

Recommended Reading

Peacebuilding How? Systems Analysis of Conflict Dynamics 

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Many thanks to our attendees yesterday for a very lively conversation! Below are some follow-up discussion questions from our participants that we hope to address in next week's Thursday Talk with Ziad Moussa:  

Debbie Trent: "Could you comment on any experience translating more complex systems maps/loops for local stakeholders to busy top officials? And is there experience using them in the context of log frames? My experience in analyzing systems/networks/conflicts is through organizational sense making, so the looping is key, but as others have mentioned, no so accessible."

Kudakwashe Chirambwi: "How do you evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of the system thinking when doing peace building in a fragile environment"