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Duggan & Bush on Evaluation in Settings Affected by Violent Conflict: What Difference Does Context Make?
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From AEA365:| A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators. Posted: 08 Feb 2013 12:51 AM PST
“We are Colleen Duggan, Senior Evaluation Specialist, International Development Research Centre (Canada) and Kenneth Bush, Director of Research, International Conflict Research (Northern Ireland). For the past three years, we have been collaborating on a joint exploratory research project called Evaluation in Extremis: The Politics and Impact of Research in Violently Divided Societies , bringing together researchers, evaluators, advocates and evaluation commissioners from the global North and South. We looked at the most vexing challenges and promising avenues for improving evaluation practice in conflict-affected environments.
CHALLENGES Conflict Context Affects Evaluation – and vice versa. Evaluation actors working in settings affected by militarized or non-militarized violence suffer from the typical challenges confronting development evaluation. But, conflict context shapes how, where and when evaluations can be undertaken – imposing methodological, political, logistical, and ethical challenges. Equally, evaluation (its conduct, findings, and utilization) may affect the conflict context – directly, indirectly, positively or negatively.
Extreme conditions amplify the risks to evaluation actors. Contextual volatility and political hyper-sensitivity must be explicitly integrated into the planning, design, conduct, dissemination, and utilization of evaluation.
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 Evaluation in Extremis: The Politics and Impact of Research in Violently Divided Societies: http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/cgi-bin/projects.pl?task=fullout&id=62
 Evaluation in Conflict Prone Settings: http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/courses/ss/
 Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility: Improving Learning for Results: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264106802-en
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