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Author / Copyright Holder: Kristin Lindell
On the heels of the 2017 CLA Case Competition submission period, we’re excited to share a few key takeaways from the 2015 CLA Case Competition analysis. Based on a review of the 32  highest scoring entries from 2015, these findings demonstrate how integrating CLA into our work contributes to improved organizational effectiveness and, in several cases, better development outcomes....
Author / Copyright Holder: Milt Lauenstein
As government budget cuts loom on many fronts, private philanthropists need more help than ever to determine where their money will do the most good. One area where funders must improve in making better-informed choices and setting priorities concerns global security and human rights issues. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Sandra Sjögren & Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church
In this post, Sandra Sjögren and Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church discuss why they chose to use the Most Significant Change approach in monitoring an anti-corruption program in the DRC, the monitoring process, and in what ways it did (or did not) fit their needs....
Author / Copyright Holder: Emily Long
What is inclusivity in the context of the design process, and how can the design, monitoring, and evaluation community make sure that it is integral to their programs, projects, and activities? While contexts and circumstances -- and in turn resources, limitations, and opportunities -- certainly vary by location and over time, the following post aims to provide five general guidelines for working toward inclusivity that should be applicable, relevant, and plausible in most situations. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Aubri Tuero
With the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2250, the United Nations Security Council urged Member States to devise ways to give youth a greater voice in decision-making and enable their participation in peace processes....
Author / Copyright Holder: Kat Haugh
In September 2016, we published the results of a literature review on the evidence base for collaborating, learning and adapting and stated that we planned to update it on an ongoing basis.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Jindra Cekan
Poor villagers like Edith, Aminata, Rituu, and Juan don’t appear much on the nightly news.  You might never know they exist unless you stop and read your mail from some charity asking you to help them....
Author / Copyright Holder: Rhea Daniels, Media El Tayara, and Jacob Gaudaur
When working in the field of peacebuilding, it is not hard to come across various types of evaluations - impact, developmental, and outcome evaluations are just a few of the many! In this blog, we will discuss our approach to content analysis in assessing a sample of evaluations....
Author / Copyright Holder: Leslie Minney
On March 7th, the Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum hosted a discussion  on “Building the Programs that Can Build Better Peace” at the United States Institute of Peace which brought together the Principal Member organizations from the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (Search for Common Ground, Mercy Corps, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, and Alliance for Peacebuilding) and the United States Institute of Peace....
Author / Copyright Holder: Laura Gagliardone
Over the past years, the role of culture in evaluation has acquired respect and importance because its comprehension helps at telling a more complete story of what is happening to and with program participants. Developmental specialists and evaluators are called to operate in a way that reflects the historical, social, cultural, political and economic contexts of people while planning, developing and implementing programs as well as monitoring, evaluating and disseminating the results....
Author / Copyright Holder: Key Findings from MERL Tech London
Last week I attended the first London MERL Tech conference which brought together 90 researchers, evaluators, development practitioners, humanitarian aid workers, technology developers, data analysts/scientists, funders and others to continue the discussion that the MERL Tech community has been engaging in around the role of digital data and technology for monitoring, evaluation, research and learning for social good....
Author / Copyright Holder: Ashley Law
Violent conflict presents one of the greatest threats to human development. Nearly half of the more than 1.4 billion population living in fragile and conflict affected states are below the age of 20. However, recent reports indicate that equitable and relevant education is one critical way to build young people's capacities and strengthen social cohesion to mitigate the negative effects of violent conflict on young women and men’s lives. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Nick Martin
TechChange is back with its flagship Tech for Monitoring and Evaluation Online Diploma Program, a 16-week online program starting February 20th. This course is comprised of three four-week courses offered at a discount for those taking the full diploma. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Melanie Pinet
In the field of international cooperation, whether programs are focusing on governance, food security, livelihoods, peacebuilding or gender, they all have a common deficiency; capturing unintended effects. Though, all programs almost inevitably generate some. Indeed, no more than 30 reports on international organisations over the last ten years were looking at unintended effects and only 15% of USAID and 26% of NORAD evaluations identified unintended effects....
Author / Copyright Holder: Emily Pantalone & Samara Andrade
Communities affected by conflict require comprehensive social, economic and psychosocial support. However,  funding and programming to address the effects of stress and trauma on the body is often deprioritized or undervalued by the national Government, donors, and organizations working on post-conflict recovery....
Author / Copyright Holder: Samara Andrade
Peacebuilders often work in some of the most challenging locations in the world. They can be profoundly affected not only by the stories they hear from communities they work with, but may also find themselves working in locations marked by insecurity, or volatility, such as South Sudan....
Author / Copyright Holder: Hur Hassnain
In the humanitarian sector children are often seen as the recipients of assistance designed by others, rather than as agents of change who can help shape how their needs are responded to. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Janvier Ndagijimana
This blog was written by Janvier Ndagijimana. Janvier is an Assistant Coordinator in Design, Monitoring and Evaluation at Search for Common Ground in Bujumbura, Burundi. This blog was originally posted on the Evaluation for Africa blog, which you can view here.y   ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Monica Stephen
International Alert recently evaluated an area of its peacebuilding advocacy. We experimented with a relatively new methodology for measuring advocacy impacts: namely a hybrid of contribution analysis and process tracing. Below is a brief introduction to the evaluation and some insights from the evaluation experience. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Sedera Arnaud Rajoelison
DME for Peace recently posed questions to some of Search for Common Ground's Emerging Evaluators across Africa. The following answers come from Sedera Arnaud Rajoelison who works as a DM&E Coordinator at Search for Common Ground Madagascar....

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