This Guide is intended to improve the practice of inter-religious action for peace, by encouraging the regular application of monitoring and evaluation tools. We assume that when practitioners of inter-religious peacebuilding use monitoring and evaluation processes for learning, improvements in effectiveness will follow. There is a large and expanding body of guidance for monitoring and evaluation in many realms. However, there has not been a guide specifically oriented to the needs of those engaging religious actors. This Guide seeks to fill that gap.
This toolkit presents an overview of how our programs engage, respect, and accommodate young people’s religious identities around the world, based on insights from Search for Common Ground staff and evaluations. The toolkit identifies positive outcomes and challenges from case studies in the field, examining the different types of programming engaging young people and their religious identities (inter-, intra-, and non-religious programming). A section with recommendations for incorporating gender sensitivities in religious peacebuilding follows, and the toolkits concludes with a review of practical religious considerations for designing and implementing programs. At the end of the toolkit, two appendices provide additional guidance on religious sensitivity in the program cycle and relevant resources for further reading.
We hope that sharing insights from programs in different locations and contexts will contribute to the efforts of Search and other peace practitioners to continuously improve practice in this area.
Drawing from decades of experience on the ground, this guide offers guiding principles for peacebuilders and practitioners working to transform violent extremism around the world.