Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment

Berghof Handbook Dialogue No. 1

Over the last decades, 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.

  • Alex Austin, Martina Fischer & Oliver Wils (Eds.): Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment. Critical Views on Theory and Practice. 2003. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - complete. Hardcopy >

Single contributions:

  • Martina Fischer & Oliver Wils: Ploughing Through the Field: An Introduction to the PCIA Handbook Debate. 2003. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - intro. PDF >
  • Mark Hoffman: PCIA Methodology: Evolving Art Form or Practical Dead End?. 2003. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - lead article. PDF >
  • Kenneth Bush: PCIA Five Years On: The Commodification of an Idea. 2003. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - comment. PDF >
  • Manuela Leonhardt: Towards a Unified Methodology: A Development Practitioner's Perspective. 2003. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - comment. PDF >
  • Christoph Feyen & Hans Gsaenger: PCIA Methodology: A Development Practioner's Perspective. 2003. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - comment. PDF >
  • Marc Howard Ross: PCIA as a Peacebuilding Tool. 2003. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - comment. PDF >
  • Jay Rothman: Action Evaluation: A Response to Mark Hoffman's Comments. 2003. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - comment. PDF >

Also of interest:

  • Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church: Evaluating Peacebuilding: Not Yet All It Could Be. 2011. Handbook Article. PDF >
  • Reina C. Neufeldt: "Frameworkers" and "Circlers" - Exploring Assumptions in Impact Assessment. 2011. Handbook Article. PDF >
  • David Bloomfield, Martina Fischer & Beatrix Schmelzle (Eds.): New Trends in PCIA. 2005. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 4 - complete. PDF >
  • Ulrike Hopp & Barbara Unger: Time to Learn: Expanding Organisational Capacities in Conflict Settings. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - comment. PDF >
  • Martina Fischer: Participatory Evaluation and Critical Peace Research: A Precondition for Peacebuilding. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - comment. PDF >
  • Mary B. Anderson: Experiences with Impact Assessment: Can We Know What Good We Do?. 2004. Handbook Article. PDF >