Our Evaluations

Evaluations of SFCG programs are first and foremost a learning tool for the organization. Our approach to evaluation is based on the belief that we need to understand how and why our work makes a difference in order to do better in the future. As learning tools, our evaluations foster a spirit of inquiry and honesty, regardless of how challenging this may be to our organization. Our evaluations typically seek to accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Identify and analyze intended and unintended change

  • Assess processes and partnerships

  • Examine sustainability, immediate results, and longer term results

SFCG's Evaluation Principles

  • Capacity strengthening

  • Context specific

  • Utilization-focused

  • Participatory

  • Productively critical

  • Evidence-based

  • Culturally sensitive

  • Ethical

Evaluation by Country

Scroll down for a short description of each evaluation, or click on the links below to view a summary of that country's evaluations.

Timor Leste
Europe/North America

Middle East/North Africa
Jerusalem (Israel & Palestine)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Côte d'Ivoire
DR Congo
Sierra Leone


2005 External Evaluation of Refugee Reintegration Project
The researcher for the 2005 external impact assessment of the Refugee Reintegration Project was Todd C. Cleveland. This document is designed to represent the key findings and lessons learned and is not a full programme-wide evaluation. [more]

2004 External Programme Evaluation
The evaluators for the 2004 external evaluation of Search for Common Ground in Angola (Centre for Common Ground or CCG) were Christian Bugnion, Daniel Ntoni-Nzinga, and Joao Kambowela. The evaluation looked at SFCG-Angola's work over the past year, assessed its impact on the current dynamic in the country, and offered suggestions in order to ensure continued success. SFCG's goal in Angola is to support sustainable peace and national reconciliation by working with Angolans to transform their society away from a culture of violence to one characterized by coexistence, security, social justice, and popular participation. [more]

2002 External Programme Evaluation
This external evaluation, conducted by Rowland Roome & Mario Kajibanga, examines the relevance of the programme (including its selection of target groups and partners) to the declared goals. CCG's declared organisational objective is to enable people from the grassroots to the leadership to resolve conflict and violence through non-adversarial means. [more]

2002 External Evaluation of Radio Soap Opera
This evaluation of the Centre for Common Ground's radio soap operas, Vozes Que Falam and Coisas Da Nossa Gente, was conducted by the National Institute of Statistics in Luanda, Angola. The soap operas aim to build the capacity of Angolans in conflict prevention and resolution. [more]

1999 Center for Common Gound Luanda, Programme Evaluation
At the time of this programme evaluation, the Centre for Common Ground in Angola was involved in a variety of projects and activities including conflict resolution skills training, consensus building facilitation of dialogue, consensus building training, video facilitated dialogue, production of conflict resolution materials, and theater and music productions. [more]


2011 Internal Report on "Supporting Key Actors To Mitigate Conflicts In The Great Lakes"
Between September 2008 and September 2010, Search For Common Ground implemented a regional conflict mitigation project in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, supported by USAID's Office for Conflict Management and Mitigation. The project and its four complementary activities (Radio Program Convergences ; Common Ground Journalism Training ; Theatre Training and Festival and Student outreach activities) contributed to SFCG's regional goal of inspiring key people from diverse groups to become actors of social change and to actively contribute to peace and reconciliation in their communities and in the region. [more]

INTAMENWA! Les Indivisibles. Mobilisation of Burundian Youth for Political Reconciliation
As part of the multi-country Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) program funded by UKAID, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in Burundi implemented a three month project from June until September 2011 in support of its overall programmatic goal: to promote inclusive, effective and responsible participation in a process of social transformation toward a fair and equal society in Burundi. [more]

2010 Promoting Locally - Driven Transformation and Collaborative Action in Burundi
This external evaluation was conducted in October 2010 at the end of the two-year "Promoting locally-driven transformation and collaborative action in Burundi" project funded by the United States Agency for International Development. The project aimed to promote constructive political dialogue between and among parliamentarians and their constituents on issues of local and national concern, and foster dialogue and collaborative approaches to conflict between returnees and residents in return zones. The evaluation, conducted by Sylvestre Bigirimana, found the project had a positive impact nationally, particularly in areas where refugee returns and the subsequent potential for land conflict were high. [more]

2009 Évaluation D'impact du programme de Search for Common Ground au Burundi via les projects: Promotion de la liberté d'expression, appui à la réconciliation nationale, promotion de la gouvernance démocratique.
Le programme SFCG Burundi en 2006-2008 a été composé de trois projets :

  1. « Promotion de la liberté d'expression »
  2. « Appui à la réconciliation nationale » et
  3. « Promotion de la gouvernance démocratique ».

2009 Accompagnement de la mise en place et du fonctionnement de la Commission Vérité et Réconciliation au Burundi'
"Support to the establishment and operation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Burundi", as part of the broader transitional justice process in Burundi.[more]

2008 Final Report: Mass Information in Support of Peaceful Congolese and Burundian Refugee Repatriation
This mixed internal-external evaluation measures the success of the 12-month regional project supporting the peaceful repatriation of Congolese and Burundian refugees.  With support from the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the project used radio programming, training and participatory theatre to enable the targeted populations to, in the case of returnees and residents, manage their conflicts effectively and nonviolently and, in the case of refugees, make an informed choice about, and be better prepared to face, the conflicts they will meet upon their return. [more]

2006-2008 Résultats-clés de l'Evaluation du Projet « Appui à la réconciliation nationale au Burundi »
Quatre grandes catégories d'activités ont été menées: formation des populations locales (membres d'association, groupes marginalisés) sur les thèmes de la réconciliation et la justice transitionnelle ; des émissions radiophoniques sous forme de tables rondes sur les thèmes touchant au rôle de la Commission Nationale Terre et autres Biens (CNTB), à la justice transitionnelle, à l'élaboration de projets communautaires et à la résolution pacifique des conflits ; facilitation du règlement des conflits fonciers en 2 collaboration avec la CNTB ; interventions communautaires sous forme de journées de solidarité et jeux-concours.[more]

2006-2008 Résultats-clés de l'évaluation du projet « Promotion de la Gouvernance Démocratique au Burundi »
Les résultats-clés, ci-dessous représentent les leçons apprises à travers l'évaluation du programme. Les résultats-clés des objectifs spécifiques de chacun des trois projets peuvent être trouvés dans 3 différents résumés disponibles. [more]

2006-2008 Key Findings from the "Promoting Freedom of Expression" Project Evaluation
The project "Promoting of Freedom of Expression" has improved the capacity of members of various target groups to become key players in the dialogue for social change, peacebuilding and reconciliation in their communities. All activities planned under the project have been completed on time and have taken the identified target areas into account, especially the training provided for journalists.[more]

2006 External Evaluation of Women and Governance Project
The "Women and Governance" Project Evaluation of 2006 was led by independent evaluators Véronique Parqué and René-Claude Niyonkuru in January/February 2006. The objectives of this evaluation were to determine the pertinence of the objectives and their degree of implementation, efficiency, impact and viability in accordance with proposal formulation. [more]

2004 External Mid-term Evaluation of Victims of Torture Project
This external mid-term evaluation was led by Dr. Sylvestre Barancira and Nathalie Zajde. The Victims of Torture project has the following goal: The reduction of negative effects of torture by assistance to victims and the prevention of acts of torture in Burundi. [more]

2003 Civil Society Dialogue with Parliamentarians, Case Study: Workshops on the Truth and Reconciliation Law
To facilitate educated discussions on the issues concerned in creating Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Harvard Law School and Search for Common Ground developed a CD-ROM offering guidance from the experience of five countries that had established such commissions. [more]

2002 External Programme Evaluation
This document is an independent evaluation of the Search for Common Ground - Burundi programme conducted by Amr Abdalla, Noa Davenport, Leslie McTyre and Steven A. Smith. The overall goal of the Burundi programme is to reduce ethnic conflict and encourage reconciliation. [more]

1999 Field Survey on Burundian Radio Listening Habits, Reactions to Radio Ijambo Programs, and Crisis-Related Listener Needs
This survey was undertaken with two principal goals; first, to build indigenous survey capacity that could provide audience information at all stages, from the time of up-front situation mapping and program planning to follow-up evaluation and secondly, to gather information on the general patterns of radio listening, plus specific data on listener reactions to Studio Ijambo programs. [more]

Côte d'Ivoire

L'Equipe Côte d'Ivoire - Final Evaluation Report
Since conducting the baseline research for L’Equipe (The Team) in October 2009, the drama was aired on the Ivory Coast’s national TV (RTI), only to be followed by a full blown civil war (referred to as the crisis in the Ivory Coast) in the aftermath of the presidential elections.   The crisis ravaged for about one year when the elected candidate Alassane Ouattara was finally inaugurated, and the outgoing president brought to justice.  Shortly after, on the recommendation of RTI, the drama was replayed on the air in 2011. [more]

Supporting a Conversation with Youth on Leadership
This mix-team evaluation analyzes the effectiveness and relevance of SFCG's ability to increase youth knowledge and skills of conflict resolution in Côte d'Ivoire. Funded by US Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, SFCG engaged with Ivorian youth through a series of trainings, exchange workshops and follow up session in order to increase youth's confidence to prevent violence and engage in the political arena.[more]

2009 EIDHR Listenership Survey
Between January 2007 and June 2009, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) carried out a 30-month project called Support of the Democratic Process in Côte d'Ivoire, with the financial support of the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The overall goal of the project was to promote and contribute to an inclusive and nonviolent electoral process in Côte d'Ivoire. Specific objectives of the project were to:

  • Support the development of local structures that serve as platforms allowing multiple voices to be heard and to participate in civic and electoral education.

  • Reinforce citizens' informed participation in the electoral process, particularly among youth and women. [more]

2007 Rapport d'Evaluation Du Projet en Côte D'ivoire :  Renforcement des capacités locales à réduire les conflits et facilitation du renforcement de la cohésion sociale et de la réconciliation 

Le projet de SFCG en Côte d'Ivoire intitulé « « Renforcement des capacités locales à réduire les conflits et facilitation du renforcement de la cohésion sociale et de la réconciliation »s'est déroulé en 2005-2007. Il a visé surtout à réduire les tensions entre les communautés, à développer la cohésion sociale et à faciliter la réconciliation entre les groupes et les communautés en renforçant les capacités locales à prévenir et gérer les conflits de façon non violente. [more]

2007 Study on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices
The purpose of this study is to gather information on the knowledge, attitude and practice of Ivorians on democratic and electoral processes, civic education, good governance, conflict management and prevention. The key findings of this research will provide field-wide learning to both the next steps in the implementation of the two projects that SFCG and her two partners have to execute. The results of this Action Research will also contribute to SFCG Côte d'Ivoire's efforts for improved quality of programming. Moreover, the lessons learned inform programming of similar activities across several regions where SFCG works. This research will also create a scope to assess the extent to which SFCG's program in Côte d'Ivoire will strengthen local capacities to promote reconciliation and peace. [more]


2006 Overview: The Impact of Gimme6
The aim of the Gimme6 television project was to build mutual respect between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot children. The television series introduces viewers to the shared aspect of their daily lives in an effort to foster an appreciation for differences both within their own communities and between the two wider communities. [more]

Democratic Republic of Congo

2012 Kesho Ni Siku Mpya - Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika "Tomorrow Is A New Day" Project Evaluation
"Tomorrow is a New Day" project, funded by the Dutch government, reaches soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and civilians to improve civilian protection, fight impunity, and restore military-civilian relations.


2012 L'Equipe - Final Evaluation Report
Since conducting the baseline research for L’Equipe (The Team) in July 2010, L’Equipe Season One (12 episodes) was aired from The 27th August 2010 to the 31st March 2011 on Digital Congo, a national wide broadcasting station. Local broadcasters (18) started a month later and aired the series until late April 2011. Season Two (7 episodes) was aired at RTNC a National wide broadcasting station form the 3rd October 2011 to early January 2012.  Local broadcaster (10 TV station aired in the same period).   SMS quiz around the 7 seven episodes has been organized with the national wide broadcaster, and mobile cinema screenings were organized in different parts of the country.


2012 Project PEAR + (Phase III) – Final Evaluation Report
SFCG has been part of the Unicef PEAR + project since 2009. The last phase of the PEAR project (phase III, June 2011 – May 2012) aimed at applying the scenario of a "deepened increase of conflict sensitivity". SFCG's goals were the following:

  • raise "conflict sensitivity" at the same level as the other intervention sectors (WASH, Education, Health and Protection) and;

  • establish "conflict sensitivity" as a transversal dynamic, integrating the various aspects of each of these sectors.


2012 Summary Report on the Project "Integration Messages on Health" with the C-Change Programme
SFCG has recently completed a USAID funded project with the C-Change programme at Family Health International on the integration of messages focusing on malaria, TB, maternal and child health, HIV and water and sanitation. The messages are broadcast via a series of radio spots, and episodes from the radio series, Mopila, and the television series, The Team. The evaluation organisation, EXPERTS, carried out an evaluation of the programme in Kasai Occidental, Kasai Oriental, South Kivu and Katanga, speaking to a total of 4,000 people across the four provinces. [more]

2012 DRC Programme Evaluation
Search for Common Ground commissioned Channel Research to conduct an evaluation with the principal objective of strengthening their strategies for their work in the country. The OECD-DAC criteria of effectiveness, efficiency (in terms of cost-efficiency), and the sustainability of the programmes were used in evaluating five sample projects that SFCG selected. The evaluation also required a study of SFCG-DRC's learning capacity, which included a comprehensive review of the existing monitoring and evaluation system. Five projects were included in the evaluation covering a range of donors, tools (including radio, participatory theatre, reconciliation events, organisation of Tribunaux d'Expression Populaire, and mobile theatre) and thematic topics such as violence against women, good governance, and security sector reform. [more]

2011 "Emergency program for the Cholera prevention" - External Evaluation
In 2011, SFCG implemented the OXFAM GB cholera prevention emergency program by producing a series of radio spots and programs in the provinces of Equateur, Bandundu and the city-province of Kinshasa. The goals of this four months program (July 25th – November 25th, 2011) was to provide the population with quality information about cholera prevention and to promote positive attitudes and changes towards the prevention of this epidemic. This external evaluation report from December 2011 shows to which extent the SFCG radio programs and spots have contributed to meet the targets. The evaluation concludes that overall, the population exposed to the media has observed significant positive changes and attitudes that contributed to limit the epidemic in their household.[more]

2011 "Project d'urgence de prévention du choléra" - Evaluation externe
En 2011 SFCG a mis en place le projet d'urgence de prévention du choléra  d'OXFAM GB en produisant une série de spots et émissions radio dans les provinces de l'Equateur, du Bandundu et la ville-Province de Kinshasa. L'objectif de ce projet de quatre mois (25 juillet  - 25 novembre 2011) était de fournir à la population des informations de qualité sur la prévention de choléra et de promouvoir des attitudes et des changements positifs quant à la prévention de cette épidémie.  Cette évaluation externe de décembre 2011 indique dans quelle mesure les spots et émissions radio de SFCG ont contribué aux objectifs. L'évaluation conclue que de manière globale, les personnes exposées aux medias ont pu observer de façon significative les changements et les attitudes positives qui ont contribué de manière  sensible à freiner la propagation de l'épidémie du choléra dans leur milieu de résident (ménage). [plus]

2011 Joint Evaluation of Conflict Prevention and Peace Building in the Democratic Republic of Congo
In June 2011, the Belgian evaluation group Channel Research published the results of a joint evaluation commissioned to review conflict prevention and peace building policies in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The database of projects submitted by the Steering Committee contained 350 projects - 51 were selected as a sample for review through field visits, interviews; individual interviews with stakeholders, or based on available documents. The evaluation specifically refers to Search for Common Ground Program of Expanded Assistance to Returnees (PEAR) Plus Program, the media support program Conflict, Peace and Security - Civilian conflict prevention and peace building, and the civilian-military relations program Tomorrow is a New Day. [more]

2011 "Informing Refugees and Returnees on Gender Based Violence" Project Evaluation
This internal evaluation analyzes the effectiveness of SFCG's ability to raise awareness around the causes of gender based violence and the mechanisms to combat it and support survivors of sexual violence. Funded by US Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, SFCG implemented a twelve-month sensitization and dialogue strategy in North Kivu and South Kivu that involved Mobile Cinema screenings and youth-targeted radio programs...[more]

2011 "Vrai Djo" Project Evaluation
SFCG with funding from the British Government has used its expertise in mass communicationto launch a media campaign under the slogan "Vrai Djo". This slogan title means "Real Man", andchallenges men to improve their attitudes towards women. The aim of this campaign is to raiseawareness among men about their role in the elimination of violence against women...[more]

2010 Summer Children and Youth Programmes Evaluation
This program review of Search for Common Ground's Children and Youth Programmes in DRC was conducted in July and August 2010. Evaluation meetings, focus groups and observations were conducted over a period of six weeks and included close to one hundred individuals. The initial first thoughts following the review, was that SFCG-DRC's overall performance over the last five years, was very impressive...[more]

2010 "Kesho Ni Siku Mpya - Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika" Evaluation
This internal evaluation, conducted in late 2010, examines the implementation process, outputs and outcomes of SFCG's "Kesho Ni Siku Mpya - Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika": Tomorrow is a New Day project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the project sought to improve civil-military relations and improve accountability of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly as concerns Military Code, rights violations and the dangers of impunity... [more]

2009 Impact des Emission du Centre Lokola a Kinshasa
This independent evaluation, commissioned by UNHCR, gauges the extent to which SFCG programming has achieved these goals.  A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods were used to analyze survey data and key informant interviews conducted in Uvira, Fizi, and Moba Territory between September and October 2008... [more]

2009 Rapport d'Evaluation Cinema Mobile Kamituga-Mwenga
Dans le cadre du programme « Cinéma mobile » en République Démocratique du Congo, une évaluation a été organisée dans le territoire de Mwenga, en vue de recueillir les données auprès des bénéficiaires sur leurs connaissances, attitudes face au viol et violences sexuelles et savoir l'influence que le film a eu sur les spectateurs. [more]

2008 UNHCR Evaluation of SFCG Programming in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
This independent evaluation, commissioned by UNHCR, gauges the extent to which SFCG programming has achieved these goals.  A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods were used to analyze survey data and key informant interviews conducted in Uvira, Fizi, and Moba Territory between September and October 2008... [more]

2008 Final Report for: Mass Information in Support of Peaceful Congolese and Burundian Refugee Repatriation
This mixed internal-external evaluation measures the success of the 12-month regional project supporting the peaceful repatriation of Congolese and Burundian refugees. With support from the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the project used radio programming, training and participatory theatre to enable the targeted populations to, in the case of returnees and residents, manage their conflicts effectively and nonviolently and, in the case of refugees, make an informed choice about, and be better prepared to face, the conflicts they will meet upon their return. [more]

2006 External Programme Evaluation
This 2006 externally led mid-term evaluation conducted by Mary Myers and Judy El-Bushra, of Triple Line Consulting ltd, was undertaken to provide an objective assessment of the programme's progress against its aims, and its impact to date. The review found that, in general, the programme is on the right track to achieve its purpose (laying the foundations for sustainable peace by enhancing informative and participative communication around the transition process and by contributing to the reduction of tensions in the Eastern Congo) through activities focused on conflict transformation, media training and, to a lesser extent, community reconciliation. [more]

2003 Programme Evaluation
This 2003 internally led evaluation conducted by Cheyanne Church, Mark Rogers and Adrien Sindayigaya focuses on the programmatic work of the Bukavu office of Search For Common Ground's Centre Lokole programme. The programme's overarching goals are to support the peace process, to promote unity for the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to reinforce the capacity of local organizations to resolve local conflicts through the use of media, arts, dialogue, and training programs based in peacebuilding centres around the country. [more]


2011 Report: Radio Programming to Support Participative, Transparent, and Credible Elections
This Final Report provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges faced by SFCG while implementing a USAID funded project that sought to ensure that Guinea's legislative elections were held in credible, participatory and transparent manner. [more]

2010 Project Evaluation: "Youth and Non-Violence"
The evaluation found that overall the Youth and Non-Violence project has improved the capacity of members of various target groups, especially youth, to become key players in the dialogue for social change, peacebuilding and reconciliation in their communities. [more]

2010 Baseline Paper: Urban Youth and Political Violence in Conakry
The central goal of this baseline report is to inform regarding the socioeconomic situation of Conakry's most conflict-prone youth and explain the danger of youth manipulation in the direction of political violence. [more]


2011 Evaluation Report: Promoting International Freedom & Understanding in Indonesian Pesantren
Search for Common Ground and P3M completed the implementation of "Promoting International Freedom and Understanding in Indonesian Pesantrens" during a two year span in 2010-2011 to promote religious freedom, pluralism and understanding of differences through youth-centered educational activities. This external evaluation addresses the relevance, planning, and implementation aspects of the project and assesses the impacts. [more]

2011 Project Evaluation: Countering and Preventing Radicalization in Indonesian Prisons
This external evaluation provides an overview of the strengths and weakness of a two-year project funded by the US Embassy Jakarta that aimed to counter and prevent radicalization in Indonesian prisons. In partnership with the Directorate for Corrections within the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, SFCG worked with key corrections institutions in vulnerable regions to transform the way in which prison officials handle terrorist and at-risk prisoners within the Indonesian correctional system. [more]

2009 Final Evaluation Report: Aceh Youth Radio Project
From April 2008 until February 2009, Search for Common Ground Indonesia implemented a pilot project entitled Aceh Youth Radio for Peacebuilding. With support from DFID and the World Bank, the project had the overarching goal of transforming the way Aceh youth handle conflicts from adversarial approaches towards cooperative solutions. [more]

2004 External Programme Evaluation
This external evaluation conducted by Indrian Lubis and Miryam Nainggolan, examines the community-based conflict transformation programming and the media programming. Common Ground Indonesia's goal is to create a shared life which is peaceful and just through transforming conflict, using methods which generate solidarity, participation and pluralism. [more]


For information on Jerusalem evaluations, please contact the Jerusalem office at jeru@sfcg.org.


The Team Radio Vernacular: Exposure, Attitudes and Interpersonal Communication about Political Processes (August 2012)
The purpose of this study was to investigate potential impact of radio broadcasts of The Team on Kenyan citizens' attitudes related to tolerance, communication, and participation in political processes.[more]

The Team: Kenya, Evaluation Results (March 2010 and March 2012)
As a response to the effects of the post-election violence in Kenya in December 2007, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and Media Focus on Africa (MFA) developed and produced a TV and radio drama, The Team - an episodic series which asks a central question: "can Kenyans find a way to put the past behind them in order to have a better future"? [more]


2010 Evaluations of "Kilna Bil Hayy" TV Program
"Kilna Bil Hayy" is a children's program broadcasted on LBC during the summer of 2009, which has the a long term goal of building the psychological foundation for a future of peaceful co-existence and prosperity in Lebanon. To assess the progress and impacts of this program on viewers, both qualitative and quantitative evaluations were carried out. [more]


2012 The Team Tabella FC: Final Outreach Report
This is the final report based on evaluation of The Team (Children and Youth) project implemented by Search for Common Ground/Talking Drum Studio-Liberia. This report covers outreach activities beginning March 2011 for the mobile screening of The Team: Tabella FC, a television project funded with grant from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), USAID, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Norwegian government. [more]

2009 Liberia National Action Plan Survey Results
An outcome of the Internatioanl Colloquium on Women's Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security held in Monrovia in March 2009 was the inclusion of women in post-conflict reconstruction into the Liberian National Action Plan (LNAP). [more]

2009 Liberia Community Radio Case Study: The Sustainability Myth
This case study, carried out by Search for Common Ground in February 2009, explores exactly how these community radios are sustaining themselves, thereby revealing how the appropriate interventions aimed at increasing community radio's stability can be identified and their growth incorporated into the development agenda. [more]

2008 Supporting Women's Engagement in Peacebuilding and Preventing Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Post-Conflict Community Led Approaches
This baseline assessment was carried out between September and October of 2008, and assessed the existing baseline on project indicators, providing both qualitative and quantitative data against which the indicators could be measured. [more]

2008 Report of Evaluation: Facilitating Civil Society Dialogue and Development to Foster Accountability and Good Governance in Liberia
The two year project (October 2006 - October 2008) Facilitating Civil Society Dialogue and Development to Foster Accountability and Good Governance in Liberia had two principal objectives; to increase the capability of civil society to engage their new leaders on governance and accountability issues and to increase constructive engagement between the government and civil society on how the state is governed. [more]

2007 Final Report: Post Implementation Study for SFCG's Information and Outreach Efforts with Liberian Refugees in West Africa
The report measures the success of a 12-month campaign of mass information efforts from September 2006 to September 2007.  This campaign, implemented with the support of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM), focused on supporting the final phase of facilitated repatriation of Liberian refugees, targeting the host countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone... [more]

2007 Civil Society Assessment
In 2007 Search for Common Ground (SFCG), with support from DFID, conducted a civil society survey to gauge local organizations' capacity and their needs for support. The findings of this research are informing SFCG's ongoing partnerships and engagement with Liberian civil society organisations at the national and county level to make them more relevant and effective, with sustainable long-term results. [more]

2007 Media Mapping Assessment
In early 2007, SFCG undertook a 'media mapping' assessment to better understand existing communication practices around government policies. The research was national in scope and encompassed all media channels: radio, print and television. A number of methods including key informant interviews and surveys were employed to understand how individuals and communities are receiving public information and what they know about major government policies, and specifically the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Government Economic Management Assistance Plan, and the Youth Policy. SFCG has shared these findings with Liberian government ministries and other stakeholders, and is now working with them to develop strategies to address the challenges identified. [more]

2006 External Programme Evlaution
The purpose of this independent ex-post evaluation was to assess SFCG's overall program in Liberia covering the period of September 2003 - July 2006. The evaluation had two main objectives: To assess the extent to which SFCG's program in Liberia strengthened local capacities for peace in the eight communities targeted by the Next Steps in Peace program. The evaluation findings provide field-wide learning to both the Next Steps in Peace Project funder and SFCG. Evaluation results also contribute to SFCG Liberia's efforts for improved quality of programming. Additionally, the lessons learned inform programming of similar activities across several regions where SFCG works. [more]

2005 Talking Drum Studio Liberia: Listener Survey Report
Tinamenima is SFCG's community outreach arm, working directly in communities to facilitate dialogue and cooperative solutions. In December 2004 and January 2005, SFCG conducted a listener survey of 453 individuals in Monrovia and six counties. [more]

1999 External Evaluation of Talking Drum Studio
An external USIP (United States Institute of Peace) evaluation of Talking Drum Studio's radio programming in Monrovia, Liberia, was conducted by Amr Abdalla and Nancy Torrey. TDS's goal is to use media to promote and support peacebuilding efforts and conflict resolution in a post-civil war environment. [more]

1998 Audience Survey on Use of Radio in Post-War Peacemaking
These survey results are some of the first ever to report the Rapid Survey Method, a surveying method intended to be suitable for use in war-disrupted circumstances. The purpose of the survey itself was, among other things, to understand the demographics, proportions, and habits of listeners to Common Ground Production's Talking Drum Studio (TDS). [more]


Project Evaluation Report: Kosovo Youth for Democracy and Peace-Building
The Kosovo Youth for Democracy and Peace-building Project supported five youth-focused CSOs and built 150 young peoples' skills in mediation and multi-ethnic dialogue. These youth worked collaboratively to pursue a common goal of improving participatory democracy and respecting human rights in the Prishtina, Mitrovica and Prizren regions of Kosovo. In this final evaluation, young people who had participated in the project stressed the importance of continuing multi-ethnic projects in Kosovo. [more]

2004 External Evaluation of Nashe Maalo
Nashe Maalo, produced by SFCG-Macedonia ("Our Neighbourhood") is a television series aimed at promoting inter-cultural understanding among children with a view to conflict transformation. This evaluation focused on assessing the achievement of the intended objectives of Nashe Maalo as well as determining the breadth of listernship. In addition, the evaluation sought to ascertain the contribution of NM to the wider Macedonia situation, despite this not being part of the original project expectations. [more]


2011 The Team Morocco: Baseline & Final Evaluation Report
According to Search for Common Ground (SFCG)'s description in its Inception Report, The Team in Morocco "seeks to transform the relationship between individuals from two sides of the economic divide. The series dramatizes the wide and growing gap between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots' characterized in the relationship between the wealthy footballer, Mehdi and the poor footballer, Samir. Without the football pitch, these two would never come in contact. Therefore the series is primarily about social cohesion, It is a metaphor about Moroccan society today and asks a central question about how disparate groups can better understand one another. The Moroccan governance system is that of a constitutional monarchy, therefore our expectations of how we influence the relationship between the people and their representatives is quite different in this context . With discussion groups, talk shows and follow up participatory dialogue, The Team can help change the relationship between these two groups between one that is adversarial to one that is cooperative." Within this context, The University for Peace (UPEACE) was contracted to conduct research and evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of The Team in addressing the themes it presented. [more]

2010 External Evaluation: MediAction Project
In March 2010, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Morocco concludes the implementation of a project entitled MediAction. The project has been implemented in partnership with the Initiative Nationale pour le Développement Humain (National Initiative for Human Development, referred to here as INDH) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) through the British Embassy in Rabat, which is the main funder. [more]

2009 Youth Community and Mediation Centers (YCMC)
In collaboration with the local government, and with the support of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), Search for Common Ground (SFCG) implemented a project that aimed to prevent and mitigate communal conflict by engaging youth constructively in local democratic and economic development through the establishment of three Youth Community and Mediation Centres in Casablanca and one in Tetouan (YCMC project). [more]

2008 External Evaluation: ADR III Project
This evaluation pertains to the third phase (ADR III) of the SFCG Morocco's ADR program which was implemented between January 2007 and October 2008. [more]

2007 External Evaluation of Alternative Dispute Resolution Project
External Evaluation of the British Embassy Funded "Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Project": This external evaluation conducted in May 2007 by The People's Mirror – a Morocco-based center specializing in public opinion research on social and political issues – examined the second phase of SFCG-Morocco's (SFCG-M) support to the institutionalisation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Morocco. In keeping with SFCG's overarching objective of transforming the way the world deals with conflict, this program aims at introducing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in Morocco. The ADR program was envisioned to assist in the facilitation of constructive relationships between protagonists, alleviate legal procedures, prevent long court delays, and reduce the cost of legal cases. ADR offers alternative mechanisms that could greatly assist judges, barristers and legal experts in expediting legal cases, finding creative legal ways to solve court issues and unclogging of institutional bottlenecks that usually characterize classic legal systems. [more]

2006 Baseline Report on Mediation Project
Baseline Report of SFCG-Morocco Support to the Formative Stages of Mediation in Morocco: This baseline has been carried out by Search for Common Ground Morocco (SFCG-M) and was undertaken by Kawtar Amraoui, programme Coordinator for SFCG-M from August to September 2006. The purpose of the study was to provide information against which the development of the 2nd phase of the SFCG Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programme in Morocco could be monitored and assessed. [more]

2005 Evaluation of Alternative Dispute Resolution Project
Internal Evaluation of the British Embassy Funded "Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Project": This internally led evaluation conducted in October 2005 by Alice Rowley and Amine Ghoulidi examined the first phase of SFCG-Morocco's (SFCG-M) support to the institutionalisation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Morocco. The overall goal of the ADR programme is to improve justice administration in Morocco, and the first and third phases of the programme aim to build the capacity and sharpen the knowledge of Moroccan judges in ADR and mediation. The second phase is oriented towards civil society and lawyers and will provide training in mediation, ADR techniques and mechanisms to these groups. The evaluation was both reflective, assessing the implementation and outcomes achieved to date, and forward-looking, analysing the context and developing recommendations for future phases. [more]

2004 Community Development and Local Governance in Sidi Yahia Al-Gharb, Douar Chanti
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initially conceived a conflict resolution training project in Sidi Yahia al-Gharb (SYG) which evolved into the building of a Community Resource Center in douar chanti, one of the poorest districts in SYG. [more]


2012 Project Evaluation Report: Capacity Building in Youth and Peacebuilding
From 2010 to 2012, Search For Common Ground, with support from UNICEF, conducted a project to assist the local Nepalese NGO leadership and staff in shaping capacity building on youth and peacebuilding. [more]

2012 Project Evaluation Report: Women Building Community Peace in Eastern Terai
In January 2012, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Nepal finished a project called Women Building Community Peace in Eastern Terai. Funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), this project's overall goal was to strengthen the role of women and girls in the Eastern Terai to be a positive force for peacebuilding at the local level. [more]

2012 Youth and Peacebuilding: Baseline Interviews
Search For Common Ground conducted individual field interviews to help understand the importance of youth in peacebuilding, transformation of conflict, and building a culture of peace. [more]

2012 The Peacebuilding Initiative: Baseline Survey in Nepal
Search For Common Ground conducted a survey to assess the impact and progress of its program in Nepal, 'The Peacebuilding Initiative (TPI)'. [more]

2012 Hamro Team: Final Evaluation
The purpose of this study was to explore viewership of Hamro Team TV series, audience responses and internalization of messages, as well as to explore the attitudes of audiences on relevant topics. More specifically, to determine what motivates viewers, as citizens, to engage in the democratization process; emphasize the relationships among different ethnic and political groups; and to be aware of the role they play in governance. It examines if and how viewing the program has changed the audiences' motivations, and investigates the program's impact on viewers' attitudes towards tolerance, communication, and participation in political processes. [more]

2011 Pathways to Peace Program: Final Evaluation
The Pathways to Peace program (P2P) was implemented by Search for Common Ground in partnership with Youth Initiative, Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal, Youth Action, and Y! Magazine. The program sought to structurally transform the way that youth participate in the civic and political arena so that they can make a substantial positive contribution to the overall peace and democratic processes in Nepal. P2P foresaw its strategic results as: a more politically aware youth; youth inclusion in dialogues on key civic and political issues and youth participation in democratization process from the grassroots to the national level. [more]

2011 Evaluation Report: Capacity in Youth and Peacebuilding
This is an evaluation of the year long peacebuilding project titled "Capacity in Youth and Peacebuilding in Nepal," implemented by Search for Common Ground with financial support from UNICEF. [more]

2010 Programmatic Evaluation of Search for Common Ground in Nepal
This 2010 internal and external evaluation sought to assess Search for Common Ground's programming in Nepal. SFCG has a multi-pronged program to support the peace process, combining media with community peacebuilding work. SFCG has 47 staff with a presence in 16 districts across the country and works with children and youth, media, and civil society. [more]

2009 Internal Project Evaluation Report: Enhancing Youth Participation and Decision Making
With support from the National Endowment for Democracy, Search for Common Ground implemented the project Enhancing Youth Participation in Decision Making which lasted from April 2008 to March 2009. [more]

2009 Key Findings: External Evaluation Radio For Peacebuilding
In January 2009, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) concluded the implementation of a project entitled Radio for Peacebuilding Nepal (R4PB Nepal). The project lasted 12 months and included two main activity components: training and coaching for radio producers, and the production and broadcast of regional and local radio talk shows. The primary purpose of this evaluation was to examine the results (including output and outcomes) of the project. The evaluation is meant to inform the funding agency and staff working on the action about what has been achieved through the project; the strengths and weaknesses of the methodologies used; and how to move the work forward. [more]

2009 Key Findings: External Evaluation Peace Process Communication Campaign
The Peace Process Communication Campaign (PPCC) is SFCG's c was launched with the major long term objectives of raising awareness, promoting the potential role of people in the peace process, ensuring the people's support of the peace process, and holding political leaders accountable in respect of the peace process. In contributing towards achieving these long term objectives, in the short term the project aimed at mobilizing media organizations and producing media pieces. In achieving these short term objectives the campaign carried out various activities including the production and broadcast of PSAs, the creation of peace songs, and the formation of working groups of journalists, media operators and civil society representatives. The evaluation was orientated towards establishing to what extent PPCC was able to fulfill its intended short-term and long-term objectives. [more]

2009 Key Findings: External Evaluation Children's Voices project
The Children's Voices, a UNICEF co-funded project, was established at the first national-level DDR working group, the Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG) Working Group. The project aimed to provide a platform for children and youth's voices in the transition to peace so as to prevent the further manipulation of youth to violence. The key project components are: a) the production of a radio program by children, Sunau Bolau, b) intergenerational folk media (Dohori) and the engagement of children and youth clubs in community peacebuilding, and c) communication campaigns such as posters, leaflets, public service announcements on radio, 45-minute drama cassettes and hoarding boards on return and reintegration of former CAAFAG. The main goal  of the evaluation was to analyze how the two-year emergency response to the return and reintegration project has impacted the community, and what the lessons learned were, both in terms of program objectives and implementation approaches. [more]

2008 Key Findings: External Evaluation Youth in Peacebuilding and Community Decision Making
Using media and community-based activities, SFCG aims to foster the participation of key sectors of the population in Nepal in the peacebuilding process, with a particular focus on youth. In this context, SFCG conducted two-year programmatic evaluation to assess the outcomes, successes and shortcomings of their youth in peace building and community decision making project activities. [more]

2008 Key Findings: External Evaluation Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups Program
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) has completed one and a half year project, entitled "Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups Program" with support of UNICEF. Under this project, radio program produced by children 'Sunau Bolau', media sensitization, community peacebuilding and outreach related activities were carried out. One of the major activities, Sunau Bolau radio program was broadcasted from 52 local FM radio stations through out the nation as well as through local radio productions in Jhapa and Surkhet districts, focusing specifically on rural communities. The evaluation aimed at analyzing the extent to which the radio programs have brought changes in people in terms of their sensitiveness towards the issues of child rights, assessing the outcomes of dissemination and utilization of broadcasting materials, and assessing the perception of the listeners of Sunau Bolau, especially in terms of branding. [more]

2008 Project Evaluation: Radio for Peace Building
This external evaluation was carried out with the purposes of assessing the Radio for Peace Building (R4PB) project. [more]


2009 Final Report: Media Sector Mapping in the Niger Delta
From October 2008 to December 2008, Search for Common Ground carried out a DFID-supported project with the overarching goal of studying how information is accessed by citizens and how communications processes are or are not functioning in a certain location. [more]

Pilot Study: Audience Perceptions and Effects of the Entertainment-Education Drama "The Station"
This study investigates the viewing experiences and attitudinal/behavioral effects of those witnessing The Station, an intended-outcome, character-driven television drama series set in a fictional Nigerian television news station. [more]


Pakistan Radio: A Forum For Moderate Voices Project
Search For Common Ground (SFCG) Pakistan, with financialsupport from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, implemented the fourteen-month project, "Pakistan Radio: A Forum For Moderate Voices" (also known as "Radio for Peacebuilding"), from November 23, 2009 through March 31, 2011.[more]


2012 Bana Dukine: Using Technology to Teach Conflict Resolution Skills - Final Evaluation
This external evaluation sought to assess the extent to which the Bana Dukine computer game was appropriate for primary school students, and to understand if and what the students learned by playing the game. Developed in partnership with Serious Games Interactive, Search for Common Ground and the Rwandan Ministry of Education with financial support from the United States Institute for Peace, the game sought to increase understanding among Rwandan schoolchildren of the causes of conflicts, constructive strategies to resolve them and their application in the students’ daily lives; and, to develop new, interactive and replicable conflict resolution tools that leverages the Government of Rwanda’s national rollout of ICTs that can be adopted in comparable contexts. Overall, the evaluation finds that instead of introducing new knowledge and skills, the game provides a safe space for students to implement pre-existing knowledge and skills relating to conflict resolution. [more]

2012 Supporting Trading for Peace in the Great Lakes - Final Evaluation
The 24-month project entitled Trading for Peace in the Great Lakes was implemented by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) was supported by the USAID, DFID, and COMESA “Trading for Peace” initiative. The overall goal was for trade routes between Burundi, DRC and Rwanda to be more secure for regional economic activities. [more]

2011 Strengthening Youth Livelihood Opportunities in Rwanda
In 2011, Search For Common Ground conducted Focus Group Discussions with Rwandan youth to assess the content and impact of radio drama programs in the Livelihood Skills Development Project, funded by USAID. Discussions regarding the participants' opinions of the radio story, whether they had listened to it as a training module or were listening to it for the first time, showed a positive impact on Rwandan youth. [more]

2010 Programmatic Evaluation of Search for Common Ground in Rwanda
This external evaluation was conducted towards the end of 2010 upon the completion of two SFCG projects in Rwanda, Using Communications and Dialogue to Facilitate the Implementation of Poverty Reduction Strategies, funded by the European Commission, and Promoting Collaborative Land Conflict Transformation in Contemporary Rwandan Society, funded by the United States Agency for International Development. [more]

Sierra Leone

2010 Sustaining a Civil Society Campaign around the Chieftaincy Reform Process in Sierra Leone
SFCG has been working on with PICOT to support its media strategy in the advocacy campaign for reform of the chieftaincy system. The project worked towards the overall goal of providing a national platform for debate on chieftaincy reform whilst influencing policy to ensure that the reform is consistent with national aspirations during its 6 month life span. [more]

2009 Draft Consolidated Report: Community Radio and Development in Sierra Leone and Liberia
This internal evaluation was carried out with the intent of determining how community radio can be better positioned to drive development and support peaceful transformation of conflict in the communities they're broadcasting to. In addition to analysis of the relationship between radio and development, information on radio programming, effectiveness of radio stations' day-to-day operations, and audience feedback to programming was considered in assessing community radio stations' capacity and impact. [more]

2008 Program Assessment: Promoting Information and Voice for Transparency on Election
The Post-Election of the Promoting Information and Voice for Transparency on Election (PIVOT) programme was developed as an umbrella structure bringing partners with a diversity of experience and approach together under a common goal. The purpose of the PIVOT programme was 'to support free, fair elections by improving citizens' ability to engage effectively in the electoral process through enhanced capacity of media and civil society'. [more]

2008 External Review: ENCISS Project
Commissioned by the UK Department for International Development, this review was conduted in June 2007 by independent consultants Dr Mary Myers and Momoh Taziff Koroma. SFCG has been implement a media and outreach component of the ENCISS programme in Sierra Leone. ENCISS is a large DFID-funded programme and stands for: Enhancing the Interaction and Interface between Civil society and the State to improve Poor People's Lives. SFCG has a two year contract through CARE to implement this sub-project, entitled 'Using Media and Outreach for National and Community Engagement to Support Decentralisation and the Poverty Reduction Strategy with Civil Society Development' (2006-2008). Between 8th and 16th of June 2007 the consultnats travelled to ENCISS's three focus districts (Western Area Rural, Bonthe (including Bonthe island) and Bombali), met partners in Bo town, and conducted interviews and reviewed documents in the capital, Freetown. The findings were presented for review by DFID, CARE, ENCISS and SFCG senior staff on 15th June. [more]

2007 Mid-Term Report: Promoting Information and Voice for Transparency on Election
A mid-term post election evaluation was undertaken between the 12th - 24th November 2007 on the two year, £2.5 million PIVOT programme. The goal of the programme is that 'citizens (are) able to hold local and national government to account'; the purpose of PIVOT, is to support free and fair elections by improving citizens' ability to engage effectively in the electoral process through enhanced capacity of media and civil society. [more]

2007 Evaluation: Election Strategy
This internal evaluation was conducted in December by Ratiba Taouti-Cherif, SFCG's Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. Targeting women and youth, the strategy focused on building capacity and establishing local structures that support a credible and free outcome in the elections. In addition to supporting an extensive national voter education campaign, including first time uses of television and live constituency debates with parliamentary candidates in strategic locations and on the radio, SFCG focused its efforts on leading the development of the Independent Radio Network (IRN) and National Election Watch (NEW). [more]

2005 Media Sector Mapping in Sierra Leone
At the request of DFID, Search for Common Ground undertook a mapping of media outlets and information channels in Sierra Leone. More specifically, this mapping was carried in relation to two dominant policy frameworks in mind; the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and Decentralisation. [more]

2004 External Programme Evaluation
This full-programme evaluation was conducted in August by Paul Everett, Tennyson Williams and Mary Myers. The overall goal of the Talking Drum Studio programme is to build a tolerant, inclusive society for a sustainable peace. [more]

2002 External Evaluation of Talking Drum Studio
An external evaluation by Amr Abdalla, Susan Shepler and Suleiman Hussein was conducted in March, 2002. Though each radio programming strand has a different format, each of them have the same goal: to encourage peace and reconciliation. [more]

1998 Assessment: Sierra Leone Media and Conflict
Through a grant from the British Foreign Office, staff from Common Ground Productions (CGP) conducted an assessment of Sierra Leone's media for the purpose of determining a role for a media-based conflict reduction project. [more]

Baseline for Democracy and Governance Project, Search for Common Ground
Search for Common Ground in Sierra Leone, with the support of USAID, is supporting the following transformation processes: the discourse of public participation and dialogue, tolerance for openness and freedom of the press, and implementation of a decentralization policy and structural reforms. [more]

Timor Leste

Baseline Report: Youth Radio for Peacebuilding
With support from USAID, Search for Common Ground in Timor-Leste recently began the implementation of a two year project entitled Youth Radio for Peacebuilding in Timor-Leste. The overarching goal of this project is to transform the way Timorese youth deal with conflict, from adversarial approaches towards cooperative solutions. [more]


2007 Evaluation: Victim-Offender Mediation Project
The Ukrainian Centre for Common Ground (UCCG), established in 1994, has for the past three years been implementing a pilot project in Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM) - the oldest, most widely used, and most research-based expression of restorative justice. Launched in 2003, the Ukrainian VOM programme is currently implementing pilot projects in seven regions - Chernivtsi, Crimea, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Luhansk and Sumy. Initiatives in Odessa and Lviv did not provide any tangible results. [more]

2002 Focus Group Evaluation: Radio Drama Series "Our Street"
The Search for Common Ground (SGC) Office in Washington, D.C. commissioned InterMedia to carry out a series of focus groups to evaluate a radio drama series "Our Street" developed and produced by the Ukrainian Center for Common Ground (UCCG). [more]


2007 External Evaluation: Health Care Coverage Project
An external evaluation intended to assess the process and the outcomes of the HCCU Consensus Building Process, and to identify lessons learned that could contribute to improving the application of consensus building as a tool to develop more effective and broadly supportable public policy. [more]

2002 External Evaluation: Consensus Building Project
An external evaluation by Daniel Bowling (PeaceBridge Communications) of the consensus building process with participants drawn from organizations representing views across the spectrum on the White House Faith-Based Initiative. [more]