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The Evaluation of Peacebuilding Initiatives

Hal Culbertson

in Strategies of Peace

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395914
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776801 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395914.003.0003

Series: Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding

The Evaluation of Peacebuilding Initiatives

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An appropriate evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives is a pressing concern for improving and legitimizing peacebuilding efforts. Culbertson provides a helpful comparison of accountability-based and learning-based evaluation models and demonstrates that while not mutually exclusive, accountability-based evaluation can inhibit learning. Evaluations that do not sufficiently assess how initiatives can and do contribute to broader peacebuilding efforts, for instance, through strategic engagement and coordination with other actors, are losing valuable learning opportunities. Similarly, the field needs assessment tools that consider the role of emergent planning (as opposed to deliberate planning), particularly given the volatile and dynamic environments in which peacebuilding occurs.

Keywords: evaluation; monitoring; strategic planning; accountability-based evaluation; peacebuilding; learning-based evaluation; evaluation tools; emergent planning

Chapter.  11258 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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