Faith Matters: A Guide for the Design, Monitoring & Evaluation of Inter-Religious Action for Peacebuilding

Peter Woodrow, Nick Oatley & Michelle Garred

Created 10/03/2017

Analysis, How-to, Tools and Templates


Inter-Religious Peacebuilding Programs

This Guide provides advice on designing a monitoring and evaluation process to collect data that can be used for learning, assessment of results and project improvement of inter-religious peacebuilding programs. Guidance will cover monitoring, evaluation and use and dissemination of results. Because considerations of project design are integral to monitoring and evaluation questions, we have also provided a brief overview of emerging standards regarding the design of peacebuilding programming, with references to additional resources (Sect. 3). The Guide outlines the decisions and stages involved in setting up a monitoring process and undertaking an evaluation for inter‐religious action for peacebuilding. It adapts and supplements secular evaluation principles and practices to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation of inter-religious actions are sensitive to and respectful of faith traditions, values, practices, priorities and motivations—and that they capture adequately the important spiritual dimensions of the work. It draws on available “how to” guidance on monitoring and evaluation processes and includes multiple references to the most relevant resources. Throughout the Guide, we provide examples to illustrate various steps and processes. We will also use an illustrative scenario (see Section 1.8, an illustrative scenario, adapted from a real project) to illustrate how the guidance might be applied in a particular case.

The EIAP is a three-year initiative which seeks to improve the evaluation practices of inter-religious peacebuilding programs by addressing three specific gaps in inter-religious peacebuilding efforts: measurement, cooperation, and policy. The goals of the EIAP are two-fold: 1) to generate guidance on how to evaluate inter-religious action, and 2) to develop a framework for ongoing learning regarding what constitutes effective inter-religious action. Before beginning to draft this Guide, the EIAP team engaged in comparison of documents and evaluation reports on inter-religious action programs and completed a thorough review of the relevant literature. The EIAP has also benefitted from active participation from a global Advisory Group composed of people deeply involved in inter-religious action work, including Amineh Hoti, Dishani Jayaweera, Myla Leguro, Richard Ndi Tanto, Sarah Bernstein, Shamsia Ramadhan, Somboon Chungprampree, Sumaye Hamza, Susan Hayward and Rick Love.

EIAP is a project by the Alliance for Peacebuilding in partnership with Search for Common Ground and CDA Collaborative with funding and support form the GHR Foundation.

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