Applying Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategies to Emerging Programming Approaches to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism

March 2017 | Lillie Ris and Anita Ernstorfer

Citation and Acknowledgments

Ris, Lillie, and Anita Ernstorfer. Borrowing a Wheel: Applying Existing Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategies to Emerging Programming Approaches to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism. Briefing Paper. Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium, 2017.

This resource has been developed by CDA Collaborative Learning Projects in partnership with the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The authors would like to thank the subject matter experts who shared their insights in a series of interviews conducted in February and March 2017: Georgia Holmer (US Institute of Peace), André Kahlmeyer (Conflict Management Consulting), Johnny Heald (ORB International), and Martine Zeuthen and Gayatri Sahgal (the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)).

We are also grateful to our reviewers Lisa Schirch (Eastern Mennonite University, EMU), Rebecca Wolfe (Mercy Corps), David Alpher (Saferworld), Isabella Jean (CDA Collaborative Learning Projects) and Elizabeth Hume (Alliance for Peacebuilding, AfP) for their thoughtful input.

The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC)

The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) is a project of Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) in partnership with CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Mercy Corps and Search for Common Ground (SFCG). The project is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) and is a field-wide effort to address the unique challenges to measuring and learning from peacebuilding programs. The PEC convenes donors, scholars, policymakers, local and international practitioners, and evaluation experts in an unprecedented open dialogue, exchange, and joint learning. It seeks to address the root causes of weak evaluation practices and disincentives for better learning by fostering field-wide change through three strategic and reinforcing initiatives:

  1. Developing Methodological Rigor;
  2. Improving the Culture of Evaluation and Shared Learning; and
  3. Fostering the Use of Evidence to Inform Peacebuilding Policy.
About the Authors

Lillie Ris is an independent consultant, specializing in designing, monitoring, and evaluating stabilization programming. She has over a decade of experience in program assessment and management, including six years of field experience in the MENA where she implemented and evaluated programming in the areas preventing/countering violent extremism, community security and access to justice, civil society strengthening, gender, and youth development. Committed to program effectiveness and facilitating institutional change, Lillie has worked with field teams and management at a variety of implementing and funding entities, both designing monitoring and evaluation systems and conducting evaluations, as well as supporting strategic planning processes. Lillie holds a Masters degree from Fletcher School where she focused on human security and evaluation in conflict-affected and post-conflict settings.

Anita Ernstorfer is the Director of Advisory Services at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects. She has fifteen years of international experience working with CDA, UNDP, UNICEF, GIZ, EU, academia and local NGOs. She is currently developing a new collaborative learning initiative on effective approaches to prevent violent extremism (PVE), collecting evidence on what works and what doesn’t in this field, and related theories of change. Anita has substantive expertise in conflict prevention, peacebuilding effectiveness, governance programming, conflict analysis, and conflict-sensitivity/Do No Harm. Anita is an experienced facilitator and trainer in systems approaches to peacebuilding work, including systems mapping. She works on the development of new design, monitoring and evaluation approaches to peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity. She also contributes to CDA’s ongoing collaborative learning initiative on the role of business in peacebuilding. Anita has led numerous engagements with governmental, non-governmental and private sector stakeholders as an advisor, facilitator, trainer, program manager, and applied researcher in MENA, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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