Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium and Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation Background
Over the past decade significant strides have been made in the field of peacebuilding evaluation.
However, since the use of more innovative tools has plateaued and recent progress has tended to be limited to individual organizations, significant system-wide obstacles still remain.
With the recognition that there are common evaluation challenges the field faces, the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) and U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) convened a series of meetings for twenty-four peacebuilding funders and implementers to start a dialogue on these issues through the Peacebuilding Evaluation Project. Over the course of one year, what emerged was a clear understanding that the underlying substantive difficulties that have limited the field’s evaluation progress would not be adequately addressed unless a whole-of-community approach was taken.
To build on the success of the Peacebuilding Evalution Project, AfP, USIP, and several other organizations – 3P Human Security, The Center for Peacebuilding and Development at American University (AU-CPD), Mercy Corps and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) – conceived of and formed the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC). Made possible by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the PEC seeks to address these field-wide obstacles by strengthening bridges between application and research, policy and evidence, and methodological rigor and learning. The PEC aims to collectively address some of the most pressing evaluation needs through three strategically-linked goals that provide a holistic and multi-pronged approach:
- Developing Methodological Rigor
- Improving the Culture of Transparency and Learning
- Fostering the Use of Evidence to Inform Peacebuilding Policy
The PEC works as a whole of community effort and includes: academics/analysts, policymakers, donors, and implementers. There is a clear need for joint action to advance the peacebuilding field’s evaluation practices and to apply these often discussed, but rarely executed solutions.