Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Author / Copyright Holder: Josh Powell, Paige Kirby
The most important aspect of data is use. Without information uptake, the time and financial resources invested in making data open, machine readable, and interoperable may as well be for naught. In this blog Paige Kirby and Josh Powell of Development Gateway share lessons learned from work with USAID-Colombia and the African Development Bank on how to galvanize internal demand for data and ensure that information collected is in fact used.    ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Melina Heinrich, the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development
How can you measure the achievements of private sector development in conflict-affected environments?  In this post Melina Heinrich introduces the updated DCED guidlines designed to answer this exact question!  From providing practical tips to offering an eight-part framework for measuring and managing results, this is an overview you will not want to miss! ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Patrick Gregoire, Search for Common Ground
In this post Patrick Gregoire of Search for Common Ground's Institutional Learning Team digs into how the Millenium Challenge Corporation's lessons for putting transparency into practice can be applied to Peacebuilding DM&E.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Michele Tarsilla
Dr Michele Tarsilla presents DME for Peace with the new notion of Transformative Evaluation Capacity Development (T-ECD) a strategy, "more genuinely geared towards the fulfillment of the organization’s internal information needs and social aspirations, consistent with the staff interests and organizational vision" Michele posits that the inequities of international development processes have affected the way Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) strategies are developed and implemented....
Author / Copyright Holder: Derkie Alfonso and Celestino Habito; The Asia Foundation
This article was first published on The Asia Foundation’s blog, In Asia. Derkie Alfonso and Celestino Habito of the Asia Foundation discuss how Theories of Change have shifted their team's focus from the traditional activity and output orientation of individual projects to higher-level outcomes in Mindanao - complex, unpredictable, and highly dynamic conflict environment in the southern Philippines.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Ella Duncan, Search for Common Ground
What can peacebuilding learn from the broader field of adult education to increase the efficacy of trainings?  More specifically, how can lessons learned on adult learning be applied to M&E capacity-strengthening trainings? ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Conor Mc Gale
Border Lives is a storytelling project that successfully utilized ethical storytelling principles to capture the experiences of people living along the border region of Northern Ireland, home to one of the most deeply entrenched conflicts in western European history. In this blog Border Lives’ Project Manager Conor Mc Gale shares the project’s process for ethical storytelling and their lessons learned. ...
Author / Copyright Holder: DME for Peace, CDA
This post will share recent research and lessons learned on effective feedback practices in humanitarian settings, especially focused on lessons relevant to peacebuilding practitioners.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: DME for Peace, Laura Barry
We are all constantly figuring out how to do what we are doing more effectively – that’s what M&E is all about. So this Winter, consider taking advantage of the free courses available on topics in M&E.    ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Vanessa Corlazzoli, Search for Common Ground
Every year, the American Evaluation Association (AEA) brings together evaluators, practitioners, and data enthusiasts to discuss the state of evaluation theory and practice.  This year, in Denver, Colorado, participants were asked to think about how evaluation affects the systems in which they operate and to envision how evaluation can bring a more sustainable future.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Charles Guedenet
Charles Guedenet, M&E Advisor at IREX, explores how, 'Technology is helping us collect more data, more quickly but how do we manage it effectively so that it can be used for better decision-making and learning?' ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Melanie Kawano-Chiu, Building Peace
In this cross post from Building Peace Melaniie Kawano-Chiu, Director of Learning and Evaluation at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, presents how the practitioners see future of M&E as focused on a more consistent application of what we already know to be evaluation best practices in the present....
Author / Copyright Holder: Valentina Bau
In this post, Valentina Bau, PhD candidate at Macquarie University introduces a framework that highlights the potential of Communication for Social Change (CSC) in post-conflict settings through the use of participatory media.      ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Nancy Waweru, Vijana Amani Pamoja
Nancy Waweru from Kenya blogs about her organization, Vijana Amani Pamoja's experience incorporating story based learning into their M&E ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Alexandra T. Warner, Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action
Alexandra T. Warner at the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action provides a brief overview of the community, and their recent initiative on producing a discussion series to encourage use of knowledge and evidence in the humanitarian sector.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Nicole Goddard and Jasmine Freehoff, CDA
This blog shares what the team at CDA learned through their Listening Program, which collected insights of nearly 6000 people on the receiving end of aid programs about how aid efforts work and what people desire from assistance.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Ella Duncan, Search for Common Ground
In this post, blogger Ella guides you through a series of steps and tips to make your data visualization more effective.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: AnnMarie Fitzhenry
While the potentialof Sports for Development and Peace (SDP) programs is well-documented, what is not clear is how programs are defining and measuring their success. The author shares what she's learned through conversations with three leading organizations on how they are capturing the impact of their SDP programming.    ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Sarah Bentu, Search for Comon Ground - Nigeria
In this Notes from the Field blog post, Sarah from Search for Common Ground Nigeria shares six tips on how to conduct a baseline survey effectively.  ...
Author / Copyright Holder: Abdul Khabir Mirzakhail
In this blog post, the author discusses the influence of media and how it can be measured using the examples of "The Team" and "16 and Pregnant".  ...

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