Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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                 The Effective Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding Program


At a time when religious differences are often a tinderbox, igniting or being used as fuel to fan the flames of violence, the role of faith-based initiatives and organizations in building peace could not be more crucial. Religious communities have incredible potential for making significant contributions toward preventing conflict, mitigating violence, and facilitating reconciliation after a conflict.  While inter-religious action has the ability to shift communities and societies from fear and conflict to peaceful coexistence, there is a lack of understanding about how to effectively integrate this work into broader peacebuilding and development efforts, how to evaluate the overall impact of inter-religious action in specific contexts, and how to harness best practices and apply them in complex environments.  

  Mission & Approach

With generous funding from GHR Foundation, the Effective Inter-religious Action in Peacebuilding Program (EIAP) aims to foster discussion on how inter-religious efforts can be most effective in contributing to peacebuilding and development processes.  In complex environments, greater synergies and linkages among all sectors – including peacebuilding, development, governance, and justice – are needed for effective progress towards sustainable peace. Inter-religious action can play an important role within and between these sectors in developing social cohesion—a key factor in building resilient, peaceful societies.  The EIAP seeks to understand how to evaluate inter-religious action and what best practices exist on how it can contribute to larger peacebuilding and development efforts.

  EIAP Objectives

  1. Increase the understanding of current practices in inter-religious action and the status of evaluation efforts for such work;
  2. Develop, test, and refine appropriate evaluation tools and methodologies for inter-religious action;
  3. Developing, over time, an evidence base for effective inter-religious action; and
  4. Advocate for policies that support effective inter-religious action in peacebuilding and development initiatives around the world.
How to Use the EIAP Pages
  1. Check out these recommended resources: These are resources identified and vetted by our Global Advisory Council as key resources for inter-religious peacebuilding evaluation.        
  2. Join in the discussion: Follow this link to the Discussion section of DME for Peace where you can pose questions to the community, share insights, and discuss innovative tools and methods. Click here to learn more about how to engage with the EIAP



EIAP: Guide to Program Evaluation

This three-year initiative seeks to improve the evaluation practices of inter-religious peacebuilding programs by addressing three specific gaps in inter-religious peacebuilding efforts: measurement, cooperation, and policy. The goals of the EIAP are two-fold: 1) to generate guidance on how to evaluate inter-religious action, and 2) to develop a framework for ongoing learning regarding what constitutes effective inter-religious action. Before beginning to draft this Guide, the EIAP team engaged in comparison of documents and evaluation reports on inter-religious action programs and completed a thorough review of the relevant literature. The EIAP has also benefitted from active participation from a global Advisory Group composed of people deeply involved in inter-religious action work, including Amineh Hoti, Dishani Jayaweera, Myla Leguro, Richard Ndi Tanto, Sarah Bernstein, Shamsia Ramadhan, Somboon Chungprampree, Sumaye Hamza, Susan Hayward and Rick Love.