The Learning Portal for Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DM&E) for Peacebuilding is a community of practice for DM&E peacebuilding professionals. It provides a transparent and collaborative space for the sharing of:
- Evaluation reports and data
- Methodologies and tools
- Best and emerging practices
- DM&E events and opportunities
By making this material easily accesible we hope to improve the practice of DM&E for peacebuilding and increase the effectiveness of peacebuilding programs.
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About DM&E for Peacebuilding
The Learning Portal for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) for Peacebuilding seeks the maturation and professionalization of peacebuilding evaluation.
Peacebuilding professionals from a variety of backgrounds have highlighted the need to share tools, methodologies and findings amongst the community. 1 Also highlighted is the need to develop benchmarks for expected results in particular areas of work.2 The Learning Portal provides a platform to address these shortcomings, as well as to promote a community of practice based on common ethics and language.
Conceived in 2009 by Search for Common Ground (SFCG, an international non-governmental organization), the Learning Portal seeks maturation in the field of peacebuilding evaluation by providing access to a range of comprehensive resources and advancing discussions on key issues in peacebuilding evaluation. It also provides a snapshot of the state of peacebuilding evaluation, and will help foster collaborative, inter-agency initiatives as well as increased collaboration between practitioners and academics.
- To provide easy access for DM&E practitioners and program and project staff to the widest range of reference resources for DM&E for peacebuilding programs, including dissemination of selected articles and publications of particular interest in conflict resolution efforts;
- To nurture a community of practice by creating a space for discussion among the DM&E practitioners and project managers;
- To foster the development of innovative tools and methods and to review and share good practices, and how to adopt them in different settings;
- To review, analyze and provide guidance on concepts, methodologies and tools that are currently in use;
- To make available a database of evaluation reports;
- To provide the peacebuilding and larger development community with an up-to-date calendar of learning events and networking opportunities;
- To reflect upon lessons learned, the needs and challenges of monitoring and evaluating conflict resolution actions;
- To develop partnerships with the academic world to integrate its inputs on particular methodologies and foster collaborative work on action research;
- To provide material for online training in DM&E for peacebuilding.
The development of the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding has been supported by the U.K. Department for International Development (UKAID/DFID) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
Initiated and managed by Search for Common Ground in 2011 and in partnership with American University's Peacebuilding and Development Institute (AU-PDI), the Portal is supported by an Advisory Group composed of individuals from:
- Catholic Relief Services
- CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Inc.
- Center for Research and Practice at the University of Denver
- European Centre for Conflict Resolution
- Internews Network
- Konterra Group
- Mercy Corps
- School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University
- School of International Service at American University
- United Nations Peacebuilding and Support Office
Friends of the Learning Portal
In addition to the Advisory Group, the Learning Portal also supports and is supported in turn by the Peace and Collaborative Development Network and Peace Portal by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Conflict (GPPAC).
- 1. Alliance for Peacebuilding and United States Institute for Peace, “Peacebuilding Evaluation Project: A Forum for Donors and Implementers Meeting One Notes,” 26 May 2010, Alliance for Peacebuilding, accessed 18 August 2011, http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/resource/collection/9DFBB4C8-CABB-4A5B-8460-0310C54FB3D9/USIP_and_AfP_2010_Peacebuilding_Evaluation_Project_Meeting_One_Notes_FINAL.pdf.
- 2. Cheyanne A. Church, “Peacebuilding Evaluation: From Infancy to Teenager,” New Routes Volume 13 No. 3, 2008, accessed 18 August 2011, http://www.life-peace.org/sajt/filer/pdf/New_Routes/NewRoutes83.pdf.