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Thinking Evaluatively in Peacebuilding Design Implementation and Monitoring

This Guide provides tools and guidance for integrating greater EVALUATIVE THINKING into design, implementation and monitoring of PEACEBUILDING initiatives, to enhance program quality, ensure that they maximize their potential for impact and are prepared for a formal evaluation when it is necessary.

This resource responds to the need for clearer evaluative thinking and practice during peacebuilding strategy and program design, and implementation, and stronger monitoring mechanisms to improve the evaluability of peacebuilding initiatives. It provides concrete guidance for practitioners on how to implement different ‘evaluative’ options – short of formal evaluations.

This Guide does not provide guidance on planning or conducting an evaluation. Nor does it provide a comprehensive overview of other evaluation approaches available to address the questions raised in the processes outlined by the Guide.  

The Guide can be used during peacebuilding strategy and program design, during program planning and setup, during implementation, and during the preparation for a formal evaluation. It is also relevant for engagements that are ending, instead of or complementary to other assessment processes or a formal evaluation.