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We are committed to measuring and increasing the influence our
interventions have in the communities where we work.
Situations of conflict are rarely simple or linear; multiple actors,
causes, and possible solutions all play a role.
Identifying the difference that our work makes
is therefore a difficult endeavor. The task is
made more complex by a lack of reliable tools
to measure effectiveness of peacebuilding
activities and by physical and social environments
that are outside the reach of standard
research methodologies. Despite these limitations,
we established the Institutional Learning
and Research Division in 2003 to measure
and enhance our effectiveness, so as to enable
us to maximize our impact.
Country Program evaluations are conducted at two-year intervals.
Ongoing self-assessment and informal
feedback also provide indications of the
results of our work. Our impact appears to
be manifest in four important spheres:
Supporting and advancing peace processes
In the Middle East anecdotal evidence and continuous follow-up with
participants indicate that our activities have helped forge key relationships
between influential decision makers in the peace process. In the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) our information-dissemination activities are reported to be one of the critical sources of public awareness
of the peace process, helping to reduce suspicion and rumors that
can lead to violence.
In Burundi and in Sierra Leone surveys indicate
that our radio programming is a trusted and credible source of information
about events in the country, including peacemaking efforts.
Such information reduces preemptive violence resulting from fear
Shifting attitudes and building foundations for peace
In Sierra Leone our community outreach program is strengthening many people's participation in the democratic process - a key to the maintenance of a fragile peace. External evaluations in Burundi found that the radio programmes produced by Studio Ijambo have changed the way people feel about and relate to other ethnic groups in their society. Similarly, evaluations of the interethnic kindergartens we founded in Macedonia have shown them to have significant positive influence on children's
views of other ethnic groups, particularly during periods of increased tension.
Equipping communities to prevent and resolve conflicts
Informal tracking and feedback show that many of the vast numbers of people we have trained - 10,000 internally displaced persons in Angola, for instance - go on to implement their new skills, through either establishing new organisations or personally employing the techniques learned. In Macedonia our evaluations show that the Nashe Maalo television series provides children with valuable skills for preventing or resolving conflict with their peers in diverse ethnic groups. We are committed to sharing fully the results of our evaluation and research in ways that will strengthen the field of conflict resolution.
For more information on our evaluations, click here.