Evaluation Methodologies for Aid in Conflict
Edited by Ole Winckler Andersen, Beate Bull, Megan Kennedy-Chouane
To Be Published December 1st 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
Knowledge and rigorous evidence around the role of external development partners in situations of conflict and fragility is still lacking. There is little accountability for the billions in aid being spent in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This book strengthens evaluation theory and practice in order to help fill this knowledge gap and advocates a realistic and rigorous approach to evaluating international engagement. Through a series of case studies, this book highlights both the promise, and potential pitfalls, of taking a more evaluative approach to understanding aid in conflict regions. These illustrate the methodological and analytical approach taken by researchers working to understand the results and effectiveness of peacebuilding and statebuilding support. While well-grounded in current theoretical and methodological debates, the book provides valuable practical information by examining how and why different choices were made in the context of each evaluation. The book shows what future steps may be envisaged to further strengthen evaluations of support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. The conclusions are based on real-life experience and field research, providing a sound empirical basis for the book.
The analysis draws on a wealth of perspectives and voices to provide researchers and students in development studies and conflict and peace studies as well as development evaluators with a deep and broad understanding of evaluation methods and approaches.
1. Introduction 1. Evaluation Approaches in Situations of Conflict and Fragility 3. Methodological Challenges - South Sudan Evaluation 4. Evaluating Peace Mediation: Norwegian Peace Efforts in Sri Lanka 5. Learning from Peace Building and State Building Evaluations: Joint Evaluation of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo 6. Evaluating peace Support in Nepal 7. Assessing the Impact of Development Co-operation in North East Afghanistan 8. Evaluating Statebuilding Support in Fragile States: Learning from Expereince and Judging from Assumptions 9. Impact Evaluation for Peacebuilfding: Challenging Preconceptions 10. Synthesis 11. Conclusion
Ole Winckler Andersen is Head of Evaluation Department, Danida, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark.
Beate Bull is Senior Adviser at the Evaluation Department, Norwegian Agency for International Development, Norway.
Megan Kennedy-Chouane is Policy Analyst managing the DAC Network on Development Evaluation at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France.