When we talk about the current state of DM&E in the peacebuilding field, we often lament the fact that we do not have an established evidence base of what works, and that our methodological approaches are still not that sophisticated compared with other disciplines such as education and health. However, if we review progress in our field over the past 10 years, we would see that peacebuilding evaluation has, indeed, come a long way.
Clearly there is still much to be done. But when one is grappling with the day to day challenges, the difficulties can seem insurmountable. A long-term view, however, suggests that progress has indeed been made and we are becoming more rigorous in our approaches and more effective in capturing results.
In the Reflecting on Peacebuilding Evaluation interview series, we have captured the views of thought leaders in design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding on how much our field has developed over the last 10 years, the challenges that remain and practical ways in which they might be overcome.
We are gathering reflections from some of the most prominent thought leaders in peacebuilding DM&E, including:
The interviews will be released on a month-by-month basis over the next year, beginning with the reflections of Rob Ricigliano, author of Making Peace Last: A Toolbox for Sustaina....
We hope these interviews will help stimulate creative discussion, and more importantly, action, on addressing the many challenges that remain in the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding.
Nick Oatley, Director, Institutional Learning, Search for Common Ground
Jonathan White, Content Manager, Institutional Learning, Search for Common Ground