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Evaluation of Conflict Resolution Interventions, Part II: Emerging Practice and Theory

Church, Cheyanne
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Derry/Londonderry: INCORE International Conflict Research. Downloaded 15 July 2004.

Many evaluation approaches currently in use cannot be adapted for implementation in conflict resolution (CR) environments, where the context is constantly changing and the time frame for results can extend over years or generations. The fear exists that evaluation may expose the fact that conflict resolution might not achieve the results that have popularly been attributed to its work. Despite the challenges, valuable information can be gained through the evaluation process. A CR evaluator can take on different roles, such as operative or consultant, depending on the goal or purpose of the evaluation. There is a spectrum of engagement between the evaluator and the project. The evaluator can be external or internal in the project, or in the middle with a compromise between these extremes. Developing a code of conduct for CR evaluators is one way to address the challenge of doing no harm and examining whether the evaluation itself is ethically responsible. Political motivation can affect the credibility and value of the evaluation’s findings. The issue of who owns the evaluation and who determines its distribution can affect the information that is provided through the process. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service,


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