Dialogue Series No 1 - Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment

Author Title / Description Date
Alex Austin, Martina Fischer & Oliver Wils (eds.)

Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment. Critical Views on Theory and Practice

Over the last ten years, interest in conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities has increased significantly. As a result of this interest, there is a high demand for "model" projects, examples of good practice and "lessons learned" which can be transferred to other projects and regions. Supply, though, does not match this demand. There are still no quick and easy answers to the question of how best to assess, monitor and evaluate peace practices. On the contrary, experience shows that assessing and measuring the impact and outcomes of peacebuilding activities is actually a very complicated task. The articles and comments in this first issue of the Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series reflect the state of the art in peace and conflict impact assessment (PCIA) from a variety of angles.

Single articles in this dialogue include:

Martina Fischer & Oliver Wils

Ploughing through the Field: An Introduction to the PCIA Handbook Debate

Mark Hoffman

PCIA Methodology: Evolving Art Form or Practical Dead End?

Kenneth Bush

PCIA Five Years On: The Commodification of an Idea

Manuela Leonhardt

Towards a Unified Methodology: Reframing PCIA

Christoph Feyen & Hans Gsaenger

PCIA Methodology: A Development Practitioner’s Perspective

Marc Howard Ross

PCIA as a Peacebuilding Tool

Jay Rothman

Action Evaluation: A Response to Mark Hoffman’s Comments

If you found this Dialogue interesting, you may also want to read:

Berghof Handbook Dialogue No 4 (2005) on new developments in the field of Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA)

Handbook Article (2004): Mary Anderson - Experiences with Impact Assessment: Can We Know What Good We Do? (pdf)

Handbook Article (2007): Reina C. Neufeldt - "Frameworkers" and "Circlers" – Exploring Assumptions in Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (pdf)