Measuring Our Impact

Peace matters. Let’s prove it.
Learn more about Search’s approach to understanding the impact of our work and improving the effectiveness of our programming.

Peace Impact Framework

Based on insights from over 180 organizations worldwide, the Peace Impact Framework provides a structure to understand and measure vital elements of peace. By aligning measurements, organizations can help build evidence on investments in peace, driving conversations investments towards interventions with the best outcomes. The framework aims to guide organizations working towards healthy, safe, and just societies in places affected by conflict.

Peace Impact Framework


From poverty reduction to health, education, economic growth, gender equality, climate action and more, peace is essential for all interventions working towards healthy, safe, and just societies. Peace matters for us all. We need to build evidence and identify the investments in peace that have the best outcomes for people and practitioners affected by conflict


Imagine if we could track what really matters for peace and drive our conversation and our investment toward that. A new framework makes this possible by identifying essential elements of peace and how to measure it, based on the work and input from people in more than 180 organizations in 45 countries worldwide – from local community organizers to government representatives to academics. From their insights, five themes emerged as vital for peace, and there are three essential pillars to understand and measure it. The Peace Impact Framework creates a structure to track the vital signs of peace in any society.


1. Align to the themes: Identify what you measure by choosing the themes where your work is most relevant.
2. Choose your pillars: Identify how you measure. What matches the ways you are able to speak to results?
3. Name other themes of your work that are not focused only on peace, but may also deepen our understanding of healthy societies.
4. Share data, research and evaluations on ConnexUs.
5. Join ConnexUs to learn more and contribute to the communities of practice and the evidence

The Approach

Pillar 1: Lived Experience

People living in conflict know what safety, security, peace and stability mean to them and how violence impacts them. Lived experiences are essential for understanding conflict and peace and bring greater accountability and rigor to our work. One way that practitioners are achieving this is through the Grounded Accountability Model, a research approach that engages diverse community members to define these concepts as they see them

Pillar 2: Aligned Measures

Through a consultative process with organizations in more than 90 countries worldwide, as well as a review of academic literature on peace and conflict, certain themes and indicators for measuring peace kept surfacing. Ten indicators were chosen as a simple and actionable set to track and measure peace, almost like vital signs. If we commit to systematically tracking these, we can tell a collective story about peace, and bring our results together to create understanding.

Pillar 3: Expert Observations

Practitioners working and living in conflict observe and analyze their contexts and their results every day, just from doing their work. Many shifts in conflicts are incremental and unexpected. These types of change do not make it into the typical indicators and measures used by our field. However, systematic observations by practitioners, whose expertise gives them a unique lens, helps capture conflict dynamics and our contributions to change in ways that other approaches may not.

Peace Impact Framework Themes


Violence refers to people’s personal and direct experience with violence.


Agency is about the connection people have to their societies and whether they believe they have the power to positively change them.


Polarization concerns how much people trust each other to share a social contract with each other.


is about how institutions, such as the media and government, maintain trust from the people they are meant to serve


Investments tell us whether a society has the resources to support peace or conflict.