Beyond Mitigating Risks and Disruptions: Expanding the Meaning of Conflict Sensitive Evaluation

March 2017 | Isabella Jean, Henry Nelson, and Lillie Ris

A range of approaches, tools, and tactics exist to mitigate risks to implementers and evaluators evaluating interventions in fragile and conflict-affected settings. At the same time, evaluations are interventions in and of themselves and can affect dynamics in the contexts they examine just as they can be affected by such dynamics. In fragile contexts, there is a heightened risk that evaluations, as interventions, can exacerbate conflict drivers inadvertently, causing more violence. This paper was developed in response to the identified need for more resources on conflict sensitive evaluations. The paper examines practices used to limit potential negative effects on evaluation processes in fragile and conflict-affected contexts and explores emerging practices for understanding and reducing the extent to which evaluation processes and products negatively impact local and national dynamics in divided fragile contexts.