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The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium: Improved Learning and Evaluation for Better Peacebuilding

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The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) is a field-wide effort to address the unique challenges of measuring results and learning from peacebuilding programs. The consortium includes the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Mercy Corps, and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The PEC convenes donors, scholars, policymakers, local and international practitioners, and evaluation experts in unprecedented open dialogue, exchange, and joint learning. The goal of the PEC is to strengthen monitoring, evaluation and learning practices and promote a strong culture of adaptive management throughout the peacebuilding field. The PEC fosters fieldwide change through three strategic and reinforcing initiatives: 1) Developing Methodological Rigor in Peacebuilding Evaluation and Adaptive Learning; 2) Improving the Culture of Evaluation and Shared Learning; and 3) Promoting Evidence-Based Policy and Practice.

Peacebuilding and violence reduction programs are implemented in complex, fragile, and conflict-affected regions. In a time of rising violence and shrinking resources, we need a more nuanced understanding of how peacebuilding design, monitoring, and evaluation can help determine best practices for a growing field. The PEC has just received a third grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, with a focus on working with peacebuilding implementers, donors and policymakers to adopt improved rigorous practices leading to a strengthened culture of learning and evaluation throughout the peacebuilding field, and better alignment between technical M&E experts and program staff.

With its international networks and expertise in convening; consensus-building; and peacebuilding design, monitoring and evaluation (DM&E), the PEC has been: 1) creating innovative, effective, and practical solutions for peacebuilding DM&E; 2) facilitating vibrant communities of practice among evaluation experts, scholars, and peacebuilding practitioners on DME for Peace at; 3) complementing existing evaluation platforms by engaging a range of stakeholders on the unique challenges of peacebuilding DM&E; 4) creating safe spaces for the development and transparent sharing of evidence-based policy recommendations for sustainable peace and security; and 5) addressing the systemic challenges of peacebuilding design, monitoring, and evaluation.