A Beginner's Guide to DM&E for Peace: Popular Resources

Cross-posted from DM&E for Peace

As the administrator of DM&E for Peace, Search for Common Ground is often asked which resources are being accessed the most.  After all, there are so many different resources on the website – where does one even start? 

The answer, of course, depends on what you are looking for – which is why we created an extensive taxonomy in the Learn section: pick a category that matches what you are looking for and voila: resources!  You can also search for resources using key words. 

And don’t forget, registered users can bookmark resources to your account so that you can easily access them regardless of which computer you are using!  Simply click the orange “Add to Bookmarks” button on each resource page and you’ll be able to easily access that resource again by clicking on Bookmarks at the top of any page.

But what we’ve noticed is that there is rarely a common theme to what our users are looking for: such a wide range of resources are being accessed that it is difficult to make generalizations on the type of resource or content. 

For example, more than 700 resources have been downloaded more than 14,000 times from the website since we first launched in November 2011 (each resource page—the resource number you see on the front page—may have more than one document attached to it).  Clearly there is a thirst to learn. 

But, there are certain resources that have been accessed more than others.  This sheds light on the areas where our visitors want more information, but is not necessarily representative of the peacebuilding field.  Nevertheless, the information is revealing.  Presented below are the top 15 downloaded resources. 

  1. Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fra..., OECD-DAC
  2. 10 Steps for a Results-based M&E System, The World Bank
  3. Peacebuilding with Impact: Defining Theories of Change, CARE International UK
  4. Gender Analysis Tools, Tony Goldberg Leong, Catherine Lang and Marina Biasutti for CIDA
  5. Developing a Baseline Study: Infographic, PREVAL and IFAD
  6. Understanding and Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: Definitio... by Anne Marie Golla, Anju Malhotra, Priya Nanda, and Rekha Mehra
  7. Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation To..., John Paul Lederach, Reina Neufeldt and Hal Culbertson
  8. Gender Mainstreaming Strategies in Decent Work Promotion: Programmi..., International Labour Organization
  9. Making M&E Systems Work: A Capacity Development Toolkit, Marelize Görgens and Jody Zall Kusek for the World Bank
  10. Contribution Analysis: An Approach to Exploring Cause and Effect, John Mayne
  11. Capacity Assessment Methodology: User’s Guide, UNDP
  12. Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation in Con..., Cheyanne Church and Mark Rogers
  13. Measuring Results, Claire McLoughlin and Oliver Walton
  14. Theories of Change and Indicator Development in Conflict Management..., USAID-CMM
  15. Guidance for Designing, Monitoring, and Evaluating Peacebuilding: U..., CARE International UK

As our resource library continues to grow, what would you find useful to help you locate the information you need?  For example, key resource lists or in-depth or exploratory blog posts, including key resources for that topic?  Which topics are you most interested in? 

The more we know about your needs, the more useful we can make the website.  This is, after all, for the community of peacebuilding.   

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Tags: design, evaluation, learning, monitoring, peacebuilding, resources

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Comment by Maheswar Satpathy on July 1, 2013 at 10:18pm

highly useful collection...thanks for sharing 

Comment by Azinim Melody on June 25, 2013 at 1:40pm

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