evaluation-conference.de - Sessions A: Case Studies - Applying systemic evaluation methods to peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Two case studies

Applying systemic evaluation methods to peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Two case studies

Who built the peace? A case study from Sri Lanka

Knowing how our work is contributing to "peace" is difficult to answer, but since the work takes place in complex systemic environments, we need to consider how systemic evaluation will enable us to better understand "who built the peace" and how they did it, so that the work becomes more effective and better understood.
This case study covers a series of events that took place in Eastern Sri Lanka in 2008 where violence both erupted and was prevented. It is from the perspective of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), who provided unarmed protection to the local communities and supposes an evaluation is looking at the role of NP in how the events unfolded.
By applying systemic evaluation methods (and comparing them to the results produced through linear methods) to the same case study I have drawn out some of the differences that using methods such as Goal Free, Theory of Change, and Movie can produce.

Speakers

  • Rachel Julian

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Visual Facilitation Session A3

Embedded evaluations - A systemic perspective on evaluation practice

Systemic thinking in an evaluation process means taking into account the whole and seeks meaning in outlining the complex patterns and interrelationships between people within a system. A systemic understanding of an evaluation regards the process as "organic" through which a myriad of different stimuli from different parts in the system lead to changing relationships and new sense making.

With reference to an evaluation conducted in South Africa for the Peace Building Programme of Sinani "KwaZulu-Natal Programme for Survivors of Violence" basic components of a systemic perspective on an evaluation will be presented. Emphasis is put on two aspects:

1. A purely systemic evaluation method does not exist
2. From a systemic point of view a process oriented strategy development, which combines conflict analysis with ongoing planning and monitoring, and an adaptive project management are more important for a successful intervention than the concentration on the results of a single evaluation.

Speakers

  • Daniela Körppen

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Visual Facilitation Session A3
D. Körppen giving her presentation
D. Körppen giving her presentation
D. Körppen giving her presentation