Jonathan White's Blog (23)

DM&E Tip: Qualities of 'Good' and 'Evaluable' Theories of Change

There is an emerging discussion in international development on theories of change. On the one hand you have methodological discussions and debates in theory-based evaluation on the testability and evaluability of theories of change, and on the other an emphasis on program design and the role and qualities of a good theory of change. This DM&E Tip attempts to capture the key points of the discussions on both sides (perhaps duality is a simplification, but it will suffice for this…

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Added by Jonathan White on May 24, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

Reflecting on Peacebuilding Evaluation Interview Series: Rob Ricigliano

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

Dear Colleagues,

When we talk about the current state of DM&E in the peacebuilding field, we often lament the fact that we do not have…

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Added by Jonathan White on May 22, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Theories of Change in Peacebuilding Project Design

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

One of the more recent developments in peacebuilding DM&E has been the increasing emphasis on developing explicit theories of change as part of project or program design. In our upcoming interview with the Senior Technical Advisor for Justice & Peace at Catholic Relief Services, Tom Bamat suggests that the…

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Added by Jonathan White on May 22, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

DM&E Tip: Gender Sensitive Project Design

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

We know that conflict and violence affects all people, but not in the same way.  Men and women can be perpetrators and victims; but, often they play different roles and have different needs before, during and after a conflict. 

The differences in gender roles and responsibilities means that in order to be effective we have to target certain activities…

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Added by Jonathan White on May 10, 2012 at 11:15am — No Comments

Gender in Peacebuilding Design, Monitoring and Evaluation

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

Gender sensitive programming is, generally, a mandatory requirement of most international development activities, including peacebuilding. For example, USAID’s office of Conflict Management and Mitigation requires all projects demonstrate a unique gender element. More than a donor-mandated exercise in…

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Added by Jonathan White on May 9, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

DM&E Tip: When to Use Outcome Mapping

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

If you read this week’s blog, you’ll already have an introductory grasp of Outcome Mapping methodology.

There are so many evaluative methodologies floating around that deciding which…

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Added by Jonathan White on May 3, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

Introduction to Outcome Mapping

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

Something I frequently hear in evaluation recommendations is to focus more on the outcome level rather than outputs—the ‘so what?’ question. There are a range of ways to do this, one of which is called ‘Outcome Mapping.’

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Added by Jonathan White on April 30, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

DM&E Tip: When to use a Case Study

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

When to Use a Case Study

A case study is a research methodology which allows the investigation to maintain all the meaningful characteristics of real-world events and process. A core feature of case study methodology is its multi-perspectival analysis: it…

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Added by Jonathan White on April 26, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Documenting Peacebuilding: Case Studies

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

Case studies are a terrific, low-cost way to document something interesting in project implementation and evaluation. They provide an opportunity for reflection, learning and the sharing of lessons learnt in a safe and secure manner, and also allow for the easy presentation, dissemination and…

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Added by Jonathan White on April 23, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

DM&E Tip: Evaluation Utilization

Cross-posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

So, you want to improve your evaluation utilization processes? Fantastic! Thankfully many other fields and organizations have gone through this process, and their documentation and learning provide important lessons for peacebuilding.

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Added by Jonathan White on April 19, 2012 at 9:59am — No Comments

Maximizing Learning in Evaluation: Utilization Processes

Original Content of the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

So, you’ve just finalized the evaluation report for the most recently completed project. You just approved the final draft of the report, and you and your staff are looking forward to not having an evaluator ‘all up in your business.’

But what will you do with the evaluation?…

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Added by Jonathan White on April 16, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

DM&E Tip: Measurable Goals and Objectives

Developing measurable goals and objectives is an important step in the project design process, and one that seems to be frequently overlooked in peacebuilding programming. We have a tendency to not only overpromise the results, but also on the timeframe the results could be realistically achieved in. We need to do better, not just to be accountable to donors or even to ourselves, but to the people we serve.

Clearly stated goals and objectives provide the scope, focus and purpose to…

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Added by Jonathan White on April 9, 2012 at 1:41pm — 6 Comments

Designing and Evaluating Capacity Development Interventions

Capacity development seems to be all the rage these days. Many donors require capacity development to be built into any project they fund; this includes USAID’s own Conflict Management and Mitigation office. The popularity of capacity development is further evidenced by the shifting semantics surrounding the terminology itself: we’ve moved from ‘capacity building’ to ‘capacity development’ in order to avoid the implication that no capacity existed to begin with (i.e.,…

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Added by Jonathan White on April 2, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Operationalizing Developmental Evaluation and Reflective Practice in Project Design: Part III

This is Part III of an ongoing discussion. See Parts I and II here and here.

Mark Rogers recently noted on the Learning Portal that formal, summative…

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Added by Jonathan White on March 26, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Reflective Peacebuilding as Developmental Evaluation Part II: Reflective Practice as DE

This is Part II of an ongoing blog series on the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding. Read Part I here.

Let’s bring this discussion back to peacebuilding, but in particular reflective…

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Added by Jonathan White on March 19, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

Reflective Peacebuilding as Developmental Evaluation Part I: Developmental Evaluation

Originally posted on the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

The new and ‘sexy’ evaluative methodology seems to be Michael Quinn Patton’s Developmental Evaluation (DE). Given this methodology’s emphasis on adaptive learning and real-time feedback in complex environments in order to discover and develop programmatic innovations,[1] peacebuilders are increasingly exploring its potential application…

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Added by Jonathan White on March 12, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

DM&E Resources for USAID-CMM 2012

It’s that time of year again: the annual USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation Call for Proposals. So begins one of the busiest proposal months of the year.

CMM is notoriously difficult to successfully apply to; it is truly necessary to ‘have all your ducks in a row’ before submitting the proposal. This year’s APS calls for increased consideration of gender in the proposed project, and…

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Added by Jonathan White on February 15, 2012 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

Reflective Peacebuilding: No Longer Valued?

This blog is based off a conversation on the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding. Contribute to the conversation now!

Peacebuilding, as I have always understood it, is intimately linked to reflection and learning. And yet reflective processes are increasingly being replaced by formal evaluation processes. There have…

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Added by Jonathan White on February 8, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments

RPP: Strengthening Normative Peacebuilding Practices

The Reflecting on Peace Practice Project (RPP) is a peacebuilding-specific evaluative methodology developed by CDA Collaborative Learning Projects Inc. It seeks to answer the question of “how can international agencies involved in peace practice make their work in peacebuilding more effective?” It differs somewhat from traditional evaluation approaches in that it doesn’t seek to assert ‘judgment’ upon a project, and thus its…

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Added by Jonathan White on February 6, 2012 at 12:14pm — 3 Comments

Reflecting on the Design of Women's Empowerment Projects

The field of peacebuilding has, in recent years, turned increasing attention towards the empowerment of women and girls, and the promotion of lasting gender equality throughout the world. Such efforts have multiplied since the passing of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000. It is from this context that the Women’s Empowerment Demonstration Project (WEDP) was launched.

A unique joint-venture between the Alliance for…

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Added by Jonathan White on February 1, 2012 at 5:21pm — No Comments

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