Peacebuilding M&E Solutions Forum
October 23 | Washington, DC
The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium is co-hosting it’s first Peacebuilding M&E Solutions Forum on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 with the United States Institute of Peace.
The peacebuilding field is becoming increasingly professionalized, with a stronger focus on developing evidence-based practice and the capacity for measuring impact through more rigorous M&E practices. Peacebuilding work matters, but we still struggle to show evidence of where our interventions have led to positive outcomes, such as a clear reduction in violence or increased cooperation. This lack of evidence is one of the greatest challenges we face as a field. If we believe that what we do is important and that our work is effective, then we need to prove it, to our beneficiaries, our donors, and ourselves.
In order to lay the foundation for showing greater evidence, we must overcome the challenge of weak M&E practices in peacebuilding. The field is lacking solid methodological examples, tested approaches, and proof of concepts for M&E on interventions aiming to drive complex change processes in rapidly shifting and complex environments. To begin addressing this need, the Peacebuilding M&E Solutions Forum is an opportunity for practitioners to come together, network and connect with people working in this space, and share best practices, lessons learned, results, and evidence from across the broad spectrum of M&E activities in peacebuilding programming. The Solutions Forum will be an occasion for action learning through roundtable discussions to share creative, flexible, and successful strategies to pressing M&E problems in the peacebuilding field.
Participants will experience presentations, demonstrations, and break-out sessions from the following M&E areas:
- Qualitative and quantitative data collection
- Monitoring systems and tools
- Evaluation tools
- Data quality assurance
- Data analysis
- Data visualization
- Knowledge management
- Institutional learning and knowledge translation
- Data protection
Who is eligible to attend: This is a free event open to peacebuilding practitioners, M&E professionals, donors, policymakers, and anyone interested in learning more about the DM&E of peacebuilding programs. The event will be held at the United States Institute of Peace on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, from 10am – 4:30pm, the day before AfP’s Annual Peace Conference (PeaceCon2018) to facilitate participation by peacebuilding practitioners based outside of DC. All participants must register in advance on USIP’s Event website to participate, but you do not need to be registered for the PeaceCon2018 conference to attend this event. Registration will be first come, first serve and will be open at the end of August 2018.
Who is eligible to submit a proposal: Organizations who implement direct peacebuilding programming are encouraged to submit a proposal. Programs that are implemented in fragile and conflict affected countries that address grievances, violence reduction, and prevention but are not peacebuilding programming specifically will also be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
We are now accepting proposals for the Peacebuilding M&E Solutions Forum through July 6, 2018!
Who we are: The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) is a field-wide effort to address the unique challenges of measuring results and learning from peacebuilding programs. The consortium includes the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Mercy Corps, and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The PEC creates safe spaces for knowledge and idea sharing and cross-learning opportunities around peacebuilding DM&E practice.
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent national institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. USIP pursues this vision on the ground in conflict zones, working with local partners to prevent conflicts from turning to bloodshed and to end it when they do. The Institute provides training, analysis, and other resources to people, organizations, and governments working to build peace.