Guidance on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities
|Title||Guidance on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities|
|Subtitle / Series Title||DAC / OECD Tool for the Evaluation of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Number of Pages||98 pp.|
|Publisher||DAC Network on Conflict, Peace and Development Co-operation and the DAC Network on Development Evaluation - Development Assistance Committee (DAC), OECD|
Guidance on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding ActivitiesWorking Draft for Application PeriodAs growing shares of aid resources, time and energy are being devoted to conflict prevention and peacebuilding projects, programmes, and policy strategies, more evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of these endeavours is essential. There is an increased interest among donors and practitioners, as well as people affected by violent conflict, to learn more about what does and does not work, and why. This working draft develops guidance on conducting effective evaluations of conflict prevention and peacebuilding work.The primary goal of this guidance is to provide direction to those undertaking evaluations of conflict prevention and peacebuilding projects, programmes, and policies. This document is not meant to serve as an all encompassing or constraining manual for conflict prevention and peacebuilding evaluations. Rather, it should contribute to thoughtful approaches by highlighting and clarifying specific challenges for evaluating in this field. It outlines the key steps to take and main points to consider during an evaluation process.This guidance is not meant to serve as an all-encompassing or constraining manual for conflict prevention and peacebuilding evaluations. Rather, it should contribute to thoughtful approaches by highlighting and clarifying specific challenges for evaluating in this field. It outlines the key steps to take and main points to consider during an evaluation process. This information should be applied intelligently and adapted carefully to specific contexts. The report builds on existing literature and experiences and is thus not exhaustive; a Bibliography provides further general resources for the reader. Given the diversity of the intended audience, some sections may be more or less relevant for individual readers; and the text below aims to clarify the specific targets of each section, including the annexes.The Introduction highlights the development of and challenges to evaluation in the conflict prevention and peacebuilding field, and is therefore key for all readers. It also outlines key concepts, which will be of particular relevance to those with limited experience in the conflict and peace domains.The main section walks the reader through the key elements of the evaluation process. This outline will be useful for readers with limited evaluation background and can help provide a footpath for thinking through, planning, supporting and performing the evaluation itself. It also provides seasoned evaluators with further ideas for work in this particular field. The section begins with a description of upstream measures to help programme planners and policy makers create effective, assessable intervention strategies and activities.Annexes are referred to throughout the text. Annex 1 includes a list of key terms. The final annex is a feedback framework that can be used to comment on this working draft or provide insight from the test application phase (2007/2008). The DAC Guidance on Conflict Prevention can be downloaded via the link below.