M&E Thursday Talk: Evaluating Economic Development & Interfaith Peacebuilding in Conflict-Affected Communities- 6.5.14

How can you address the question of attribution in a peacebuilding program without an experimental study?

Building on Carlisle Levine’s discussion, “Seeking Evidence of Causal Linkages: Alternative Approaches”, on June 5, Lisa Inks discussed how Mercy Corps (link is external) Nigeria is conducting a comparative study of three types of conflict-affected communities in order to identify the effects of their programs.  During the talk, Lisa highlighted how Mercy Corps set up the comparative design, the types of data its collecting, the challenges it has faced, and what they hope to learn from the process. 

About the Speaker

Lisa Inks is currently Program Manager for Mercy Corps’ conflict management portfolio in Nigeria, including the Community-Based Conflict Management and Cooperative Use of Resources (CONCUR) program, funded by the UK Department for International Development, and the Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria program, funded by the GHR Foundation. Lisa leads strategy and implementation of conflict management programming, and oversees research efforts to add to the evidence base of what works in conflict management, specifically around integrated peacebuilding and economic development. Prior to that, she was Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor for MC’s Nigeria conflict programs.

Prior to joining Mercy Corps, she was Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for youth, conflict, and education programs at IREX. She has led evaluations of peacebuilding and development programs in Uganda, with Mercy Corps, and Sierra Leone, with Search for Common Ground, and has worked in development in Peru. She was also manager of multi-country youth education programs on international issues for Global Nomads Group. Lisa holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Recording and Transcript

Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation Thursday Talk: Evaluating Economic Development & Interfaith Peacebuilding in Nigeria from DME for Peace on Vimeo.

You view the notes from the talk here (link is external).

Recommended Reading 

Broadening the Range of Designs and Methods for Impact Evaluations (link is external)

Evaluation and Assessment of Poverty and Conflict Interventions – Conflict & Economics: Lessons Learned on Measuring Impact

From Conflict to Coping: Evidence from Southern Ethiopia on the Contributions of Peacebuilding to Drought Resilience Among Pastoralist Groups

Guidance for Designing, Monitoring and Evaluating Peacebuilding Projects: Using Theories of Change

If you have any questions in advance of the talk, please post them in the discussion thread below. 

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