M&E Thursday Talk on Guiding Steps for Peacebuilding DM&E

February 27, 2018
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On Thursday, 22 February 2018, the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) represented by Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik (AfP) hosted an M&E Thursday Talk leading a discussion on “7 Guiding Steps to Achieve Better Learning in Peacebuilding Evaluation.” While the importance of the peacebuilding field cannot be questioned, we often struggle to demonstrate the effectiveness of our interventions. This lack of evidence is one of the greatest challenges that faces the peacebuilding field, and it accounts, in part, for the limited funding available for peacebuilding projects. To respond to this challenge, the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) was formed. As part of this effort, the PEC has drafted the Guiding Steps for Peacebuilding Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation. We know that good evaluation can only happen if we think about learning and evidence at the very start of a program. This document outlines seven minimum steps that every peacebuilding program must go through to contribute robust evidence and learning to the field, from conducting the initial conflict assessment to the final evaluation. In this presentation, we reviewed the proposed 7 steps, discussed what may be missing and what needs to be revised, and finished with a conversation on next steps and how best to use this resource.

After presenting the document and specific steps, question and answers followed exploring a range of topics; including: utilizing a Conflict Analysis as a baseline, recommended dissemination and social media outlets for sharing of results, different audience needs when considering how to use and disseminate the document, ethical considerations and informed consent when collecting data, data management practices, and where to find templates and examples of these different Steps.

The most recent version of the document will be available on the AfP website within the coming two weeks.

You can rewatch the presentation here.

Presentation Metrics: The presentation lasted about 20 minutes and was followed by 25 minutes of questions and answers. 155 individuals registered for the presentation and 52 attended.