M&E Thursday Talk – Emerging Practices in Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Education for Peacebuilding Programming Guide – 11.19.15

The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and the Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation (NPE) were pleased to host Rebecca Herrington of Search for Common Ground for a Thursday Talk on the newly released “Emerging Practices in Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Education for Peacebuilding Programming Guide” on November 19th, 2015.

40 million of the 70 million children not in school are living in conflict-affected environments. Even for those in school, education is never neutral and can often contribute to conflict through inequitable access, discriminatory resource distribution, and reinforcement of stereotypes and divisions through curriculum, etc. This makes it all the more essential to focus on the positive potential of education, leveraging the learning space and common community goals for education to build social cohesion, strengthen youth-led conflict resolution skills, and create safer learning environments that provide both physical and psychosocial protection. 

The current needs around the world make education for peacebuilding the new standard for implementing education programs.

To support education for peacebuilding as the new standard, SFCG, in partnership with UNICEF, has published a practical Guide which focuses on key elements of program design, monitoring, and evaluation (DM&E) for education interventions with peacebuilding aims in fragile and conflict-affected environments.

This guide addresses key questions such as, 
  • What should practitioners consider when designing programs and accompanying M&E systems that contribute to education for peacebuilding programming?
  • What are unique and specific considerations for conducting outcome-oriented M&E planning within complex, conflict-sensitive contexts?
  • What are some relevant M&E tools and resources for education for peacebuilding programming? 
To view the guide please click here (link is external)!

M&E Thursday Talk: Emerging Practices in Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Education for Peacebuilding Programming Guide from DME for Peace on Vimeo.

To view the PowerPoint presentation, please click here!  (link is external)
To view the summary of the discussion, please click here!  (link is external)
About the speaker:
Rebecca Herrington is a Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Specialist with Search for Common Ground, currently working with 14 countries to provide technical DM&E support to UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education, and Advocacy programme. She has been working for seven years in conflict program management and DM&E, with a focus on program design and conflict sensitivity. Prior to her work at Search for Common Ground, Rebecca developed a strong governance specialization centered on fragile states, technical options development for dialogue, and strategies for shared societies captured through her chapter on Governance in Mari Fitzduff’s Public Policies for Shared Societies book. She has worked throughout Central America, MENA, and East Africa, building lessons learned through living and working abroad in rural, conflict-affected and transitional communities. Rebecca holds dual Masters degrees in International Development and Conflict Management from Brandeis University.

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