Research - Peace Direct


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.


Our approach to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning helps us generate information, data and research to better understand the potential and impact of local peacebuilding, and to build on this information with our partners.

Central to our MEL approach is the leading role our partners take in the development and implementation of their own learning and development. Peace Direct functions as a focal point, providing capacity building, guidance and information on trends, tools, and methods.

We support our partners to develop their own logical frameworks and theories of change, to collect and analyse their own qualitative data, and conduct feedback sessions with project participants.

We are always looking to test new methods and tools, and adapt them to fit our partners’ context and capacity, whilst maintaining the highest standards in research methods and ethics.



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.

We have developed an online tool to help you analyse and develop your own Monitoring and Evaluation tools, and develop your learning.

Use the interactive tool


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.


Latest news

Our peacebuilding impact with the People's Postcode Lottery

Despite the impact COVID-19 poses to civil society and our collective ability to respond to conflict, we are resolute in continuing support for those communities around the world who are most affected.Read more »

12 days of peace

This festive season, we’re looking back on all we’re proud of this year. Here are 12 ways we’ve been reminded that no matter the circumstances: people can build peace with the right resources, courage and determination.Read more »

Call for evaluations and other evidence of the impact of local peacebuilding

Peace Direct and the Alliance for Peacebuilding are compiling a report to highlight the impact of local peacebuilding efforts around the world, and are looking for evaluations and evidence of the impact of local peacebuilding.Read more »



Reports, publications and learning summaries


Other issues we tackle