In June we conducted a survey to assess the utility of design, monitoring and evaluation (DM&E) resource handbooks/manuals and in particular the utility of Designing for Results, a manual for integrating monitoring and evaluation into conflict transformation programs. We would like to informally feedback to the peacebuilding DM&E community a few of the general findings emerging from that effort.
Findings specific to Design for Results included:
The big take away is that there is still considerable need for high-quality, pragmatic and practical guidance on with actual examples of basic peacebuilding evaluation designs, processes, tools and methods. There were also other more nuanced findings and recommendations about how resource materials can best address these needs. For example, 57% said that they would use a companion workbook offering exercises to deepen competency.
We’d like to express our gratitude to all those who responded to the survey and particularly to those who labored through all its many questions. A special thanks to Margot Isman and Meghan Mahoney for their work on this initiative.
Cheyanne Sharbatke-Church and Mark M. Rogers