Research

Working in challenging of environments with outbreaks of violence and danger of armed attacks requires commitment, bravery and flexibility. There is nothing more important to us than ensuring our work is having a transformative effect for those fleeing from bullets, or trying to build a life after years of violence.

To do this we need appropriate and flexible tools to measure impact, ones that include expertise from the ground. We invest time and resources working with our partners to measure and learn from the impact of our work.

Our detailed research and innovative monitoring work provides important evidence for advocacy, shares best practice with others, and ensures local organisations are recognised as central in the fight to stop war and build peace.

We aspire to be thought leaders within the field of Monitoring and Evaluation for peacebuilding, our commitment to learning with our partners gaining widespread recognition.

 

Methodology

Our commitment to learning with our partners means all our major programmes have quality evaluations. We take time to reflect on our learning, to integrate it into our work, and to share this knowledge with others.

We are leading the way in exploring new approaches to locally led Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Working in close connection to those taking action on the ground, we develop contextually appropriate, low cost, sustainable and analytically valid tools and systems that place local people in control of collecting, evaluating and learning from their own impact.

We have never been afraid to do things differently. We are not afriad to try new approaches, explore new ways of thinking, or challenge inflexible ways of monitoring that do not put local people at the centre of evaluating their own projects. By challenging traditional approaches and finding new ways forward, we are at the forefront of the mission to support local people to stop war and build peace.img_0608_research

What we do

 

Putting the local first in Monitoring and Evaluation

Peace Direct conducts research into how M&E can hinder or enhance locally led programming, and how M&E can better enable programmes to adapt to changes in context.

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Stopping at success

We are launching two new research projects which focus on how different contexts, systems and structure enable or inhibit the development of local civil society.

The first, Stopping at Success, will look into how international support to local organisations and projects can limit the risks of dependency and plan for a successful exit at the outset. The second, Facilitating Financial Sustainability, will look at what conditions are necessary in order to ensure local organisations are financially sustainable.

Both research projects will collaborate with research consortium members in the USA and around the world, will provide support to local activities to test theories, and will result in comprehensive case studies and evaluations.

This research is running for the next three years and we will share learning and reports along the way.

 

 

Reports and publications

 

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