Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design Implementation and Monitoring

November 2016 | Anita Ernstorfer, Isabella Jean, and Peter Woodrow, with Diana Chigas

Citation and Acknowledgments

Suggested Citation:  Ernstorfer, Anita, Isabella Jean, and Peter Woodrow, with Diana Chigas. Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design, Implementation and Monitoring: Three Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) and Do No Harm (DNH)-infused options to strengthen the effectiveness of peacebuilding strategies and programs. Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium, 2016.

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. Particular thanks go to Cynthia Clapp Wincek (Alliance for Peacebuilding), Leslie Wingender (Mercy Corps), Mark M. Rogers (independent consultant), and Kiely Barnard-Webster (CDA Collaborative Learning Projects) for their review, and helpful suggestions.

Monitoring and Evaluation with CDA

CDA works with a variety of partners to develop and apply tools and processes for monitoring and evaluating conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding initiatives. We facilitate program quality and evaluability assessments, feedback mechanisms, the development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, as well as the design of meta-evaluations.

Our donors and partners support CDA because we combine rigorous analysis with pragmatic field-level work and deliver practical tools to field staff and policymakers alike. We help peace practitioners, and organizations improve the relevance and accountability of programming through better tools for conflict analysis, program strategy, design, and monitoring and evaluation. CDA has also contributed to influential policy guidance, such as the OECD/DAC guidance on evaluating conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities. Our services, guidance, and tools are grounded in field experience, enable organizations to learn with and from each other, are oriented towards practical application, are broadly relevant across many contexts, and are uniquely adaptable.

You may contact Anita Ernstorfer, Director of Advisory Services, at for more information.

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 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.
M&E Thursday Talk

Join DME for Peace on Thursday, March 2nd at 10:00am EST as Anita Ernstorfer of CDA Collaborative Learning, hosts the M&E Thursday Talks to lead a discussion on “Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design, Implementation and Monitoring – Three Options from CDA.” CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW (With GoToWebinar)

Anita will present on this resource guide. The Guide puts forward three options: (i) Program Quality Assessments, (ii) Evaluability Assessments, and (iii) Strategy and Program Reflection Exercises using findings and lessons from CDA’s Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) and Do No Harm (DNH) Programs as criteria for effective and relevant peacebuilding engagement. It provides concrete guidance for practitioners on how to implement different ‘evaluative’ options – short of formal evaluations.

The session will focus on practical opportunities for peacebuilding and DM&E practitioners to apply any of these options.

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