Browse by Theme: Monitoring & Evaluation

CARE International UK is a champion of using theories of change (ToCs) in peacebuilding design, monitoring and evaluation as part of a strategic approach to peacebuilding that includes using conflict analysis, linking to the work of others and working towards a clear vision of peace. Over the past two years a team of CIUK trainers has been supporting the British High Commission to build the ToC skills of local NGOs working in Pakistan and India. The aim of this training is to support partners to articulate and evaluate their new ideas for how to help lower tensions in the region. An added bonus is that the trainers end up learning as much as they teach.

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Leaving aside outcomes and outputs, and M&E plans, and monitoring and analysis tools, and all that comprises a workshop, by far the most immediate, energising and perhaps memorable outcome is the opportunity to learn from colleagues in ways that advances your understanding of your bit of the world.

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How do you effectively monitor and evaluate the unintended conflict consequences of a large development programme, e.g. health services, in a fragile state? This new publication by CARE International UK and CDA gives practical guidance on how to do this. It includes a discussion of the methodological questions that arise when embarking on a process to monitor and evaluate conflict sensitivity, as well as a range of practical and field-tested tools, for use with a variety of different sized interventions e.g. country operational plans, sectors, programmes or projects.

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Asia Impact Report

February 2013

In publishing this review of our work in Asia over a five-year period, CARE seeks to provide greater accountability to those with whom we work and to those who entrust CARE with resources, as well as contribute to global discussion on assessing the impact of development efforts.

We aim to improve our knowledge and evidence base to make our future programming, partnerships and advocacy more effective, and to identify where we should improve our internal systems.

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On going assessment of the factors, issues, and other dynamics is essential to developing objective strategy and making wise choices in conflict situations.

Broad participation in an analysis and assessment process by all the parties will help build a shared perspective on the problem and the steps necessary to move forward.

Indeed, joint analysis is often a key step in bringing parties to the table. The following guide offers a series of questions to help identify useful information.

The commentary is specifically focused on the data from the analysis that will impact the building of a forum and the getting-to-the-table stage of disputes.

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One of the long-standing challenges to successful peacebuilding has been the difficulty of measuring results and generating evidence that can help identify what types of interventions work best. This guide builds on work undertaken by CARE International and International Alert in three countries to pilot theory based evaluation tools to help evaluate the impact of the peacebuilding projects. 19 projects and 38 theories of change were tested, with the resulting tools, tips and processes captured here.

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"Focusing on theories of change can improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions.

A review of 19 peacebuilding projects in three conflict-affected countries found that the process of articulating and reviewing theories of change adds rigour and transparency, clarifies project logic, highlights assumptions that need to be tested, and helps identify appropriate participants and partners.

However, the approach has limitations, including the difficulty of gathering theory validating evidence."

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