New Bearings in Post-Conflict Evaluation: A Principle-Based Approach

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Abstract

This report is based on a multi-year interdisciplinary research programme that sought to investigate the multifaceted concept and practice of reconciliation, and in particular the potential role of the arts in reconciliation, especially in the Western Balkans region: Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community. In responding to a UNDP (and others) identified lack of codified knowledge pertaining to reconciliation, our research focused on: mapping reconciliation-related activities, especially arts-based reconciliation projects; and reviewing existing monitoring and evaluation approaches with the aim of identifying best practice, opportunities and challenges. Our research highlighted a disjuncture between how reconciliation is conceived and practised in arts-based peacebuilding, as an implicit goal of long-term, process-focused community engagement, and how reconciliation projects are required to account for themselves by international donors in short-term, quantifiable results. The challenge of evaluating reconciliation lies in finding ways to bridge the gap between the divergent ways that reconciliation is understood, practised and consequently measured. Our Four Principles for evaluation of reconciliation activity are designed to bridge this gap.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherKing's College London
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-908951-37-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2020

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