Team Learning in PQA, Kisumu Training, Weekly Discussion on Evaluation in Peacebuilding and more
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Team Learning in Program Quality Assessment Pilot

RPP Evaluation Pilots

Kisumu Training Promotes Strategic Action at the Intersection of Conflict Sensitivity & Peacebuilding

Police Development in Guinea-Conakry

Launched, Weekly Discussion on Evaluation in Peacebuilding

New Partnerships

In the works, Materials for DFID’s Conflict Crime and Violence Results Initiative (CCVRI)
Defining and Measuring the External Stress Factors that Lead to Conflict in the Context of the Post-2015 AgendaNew publication by Tim Midgley, Larry Attree, Thomas Wheeler (Saferworld) and Hannah Vaughan-Lee (CDA)

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New Partnerships

RPP staff recently joined partnering agencies NCA, GIZ, and the Quaker UN Office in Islamabad, La Paz and New York respectively to facilitate analysis and strategy review processes informed by RPP and Do No Harm tools and concepts.
In the works, Materials for DFID’s Conflict Crime and Violence Results Initiative (CCVRI)

RPP staff is writing two papers for DFID’s CCVRI, one offering guidance regarding impact evaluation, one exploring the relationship between development work and efforts to counter violent extremism and terrorism. Find previous papers RPP wrote for CCVRI here.
Team Learning in Program Quality Assessment Pilot
By guest contributor Oskari Pentikainen, International Alert

At the Tea & Honey Festival / South Caucasus. Photo: Isabella-Jean (CDA)

In 2013, International Alert (IA) started a new phase in its long-running Economy & Conflict work in the South Caucasus. It was a good moment to bring in a “critical friend” to scrutinize the team’s thinking and analysis. Previous evaluations had been largely driven by an accountability agenda and rarely worked well as vehicles for genuine reflection and learning. We sought and found an alternative: piloting one of RPP’s Program Quality Assessments (PQA) promised something different.

In October 2013, Isabella Jean from CDA joined us to launch the PQA process, joining a series of project events in the Caucasus.
At the close of a hectic week of events, discussions with IA staff, and interviews with program partners, one representative (and previously skeptical!) program partner was convinced. “This is useful!” the participant exclaimed, and referring to Isabella’s emphasis on learning and reflection, “She’s got it!”

At a follow-up visit by Isabella in March 2014, PQA findings informed our discussions and we began using our new Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) tools for strategic planning. All of us agreed that we had gained much from the PQA. It has particularly enriched our approaches to conflict-sensitivity (our initiative spans several inter-connected conflicts), and the RPP matrix helped us to refine and articulate the specific change our work aims to achieve. As one colleague put it with a smile, "we have been good at fixing the car, sharing the driving, and figuring out who gets the petrol. But the RPP matrix exercise has really helped us to refine and validate our destination."
RPP Evaluation Pilots

Evaluation experts, policy makers and practitioners from around the world joined RPP in February 2014 for a two day consultation following the implementation of four RPP-informed pilot projects: two Program Quality Assessments (PQA) and two Evaluability Assessments (EA), conducted with programs of NCA/ Afghanistan, Interpeace/Mali, World Vision/Sri Lanka, and International Alert/South Caucasus. The consultation report summarizes process insights shared about the pilots, the contribution of RPP concepts and tools in EA and PQA processes and broader challenges in the field of peacebuilding evaluation. Read the report here.
Kisumu Training Promotes Strategic Action at the intersection of Conflict Sensitivity & Peacebuilding

RPP joined long-time colleagues at Local Capacities for Peace International (LCPI) for a combined Do No Harm – Reflecting on Peace Practice training in Kisumu, Kenya in February 2014. LCPI staff are experts in CDA’s conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding tools and have expanded on those tools in their training with special sessions on the ways that media can fuel conflicts or contribute to a culture of non-violence and transparency.

This training brought together peace practitioners from many of Kenya’s conflict “hot spots,” which have been highly impacted by the media’s behavior in the country during past elections.

Participants and trainers at the RPP training / Kenya. Photo: CDA

Tailor your own DNH training to a specific audience or topic using these guidelines.
Police Development in Guinea-Conakry

As part of the Central Africa Accountable Service Initiative, in late 2013 CDA conducted a civilian security and justice assessment in Guinea in order to inform U.S. State Department-supported police development programming in-country. With a focus on law enforcement, the assessment sought to generate an understanding of the causes, consequences and drivers of challenges to safety and security in Guinea's capital Conakry, identifying.. continue reading online.
Launched, Weekly Discussion on Evaluation in Peacebuilding

The first online community of practice on the DM&E for Peacebuilding Learning Portal has launched the Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation (NPE). Taking part in the network’s launch, CDA’s Executive Director Peter Woodrow presented on systems thinking in evaluation. The NPE features weekly online talks on evaluation in peacebuilding every Thursday from 10-10:45 EDT. RPP Co-Director Diana Chigas will be presenting on systems and evaluation on June 20. Join and catch up, here.
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