This book addresses the important question of how the United Nations (UN) should monitor and evaluate the impact of police in its peace operations.

UN peace operations are a vital component of international conflict management. Since the end of the Cold War one of the foremost developments has been the rise of UN policing (UNPOL). Instances of UNPOL action have increased dramatically in number and have evolved from passive observation to participation in frontline law enforcement activities. Attempts to ascertain the impact of UNPOL activities have proven inadequate.

This book seeks to redress this lacuna by investigating the ways in which the effects of peace operations – and UNPOL in particular – are monitored and evaluated. Furthermore, it aims to develop a framework, tested through field research in Liberia, for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) that enables more effective impact assessment. By enhancing the relationship between field-level M&E and organisational learning this research aims to make an important contribution to the pursuit of more professional and effective UN peace operations.

This book will be of much interest to students of peace operations, conflict management, policing, security studies and IR in general.

chapter |24 pages


part 1|75 pages


chapter 1|36 pages

UN peace operations and policing

Policing change, changing police

chapter 2|37 pages

Monitoring and evaluation in peace operations

Measuring progress, assessing impact and gauging success

part 2|66 pages

Theory and framework building

chapter 3|33 pages

Complexity, peace operations and M&E

The need for a paradigm shift?

part 3|112 pages

Empirical case study and implications

chapter 5|39 pages

Conflict and consequence in Liberia

chapter 6|35 pages

M&E in practice

Strengths, comparative advantages and potentialities

chapter 7|23 pages

M&E in practice II

Weaknesses, latent problems and naïveté

chapter 3|13 pages


Overcoming the convenience of simplicity