Challenging the international peacebuilding evaluation discourse with qualitative methodologies

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Challenging the international peacebuilding evaluation discourse with qualitative methodologies
Author(s) Denskus, Tobias
Date 2012
English abstract
Monitoring and evaluating international peacebuilding efforts has become more sophisticated over the past years, but still relies on managerial approaches that often do not capture the complexity of war, peace and the grey areas in between. The article argues that organisations should embrace qualitative approaches more widely and introduces ethnographic vignettes as one example to explain the complexity of post-conflict situations. By understanding the personal dimension, the life- and work-styles of international peacebuilders, the current evaluation discourse can become more meaningful-both for organisational learning and sustainable peace efforts on the ground. The article ends by highlighting some approaches that deserve more attention and that promise to help to critically enhance current and future debates about the evaluation of peacebuilding.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2010.11.006 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Evaluation and Program Planning;1
Volume 35
ISSN 0149-7189
Pages 148-153
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Peacebuilding
Evaluation
Ethnography
Reflective practice
Blogs
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19138 (link to this page)

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