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Strategies of Peace$
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Daniel Philpott and Gerard Powers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395914.001.0001

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The Evaluation of Peacebuilding Initiatives

The Evaluation of Peacebuilding Initiatives

Putting Learning into Practice

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Strategies of Peace

Hal Culbertson

Oxford University Press

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

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