Knowledge and rigorous evidence around the role of external development partners in situations of conflict and fragility is still lacking. There is little accountability for the billions in aid being spent in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This book analyses evaluation theory and practice in order to help fill this knowledge gap and advocates a realistic and rigorous approach to evaluating international engagement. Through a series of case studies, this book highlights both the promise, and potential pitfalls, of taking a more evaluative approach to understanding aid in conflict regions. These illustrate the methodological and analytical approach taken by researchers working to understand the results and effectiveness of conflict prevention and peacebuilding support. While well-grounded in current theoretical and methodological debates, the book provides valuable practical information by examining how and why different choices were made in the context of each evaluation. The book shows what future steps may be envisaged to further strengthen evaluations of support for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The analysis draws on a wealth of perspectives and voices to provide researchers and students in development studies and conflict and peace studies as well as development evaluators with a deep and broad understanding of evaluation methods and approaches.

chapter 4|24 pages

Battlefields of method

Evaluating Norwegian peace efforts in Sri Lanka

chapter 5|20 pages

The case of Congo

An evaluation approach focusing on context

chapter 7|24 pages

Impact evaluation for peacebuilding 1

Challenging preconceptions

chapter 8|21 pages

Evaluating Statebuilding support 1

Learning from experience or judging from assumptions?

chapter 9|23 pages

Systems thinking in peacebuilding evaluations

Applications in Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Kosovo