Applying DM&E Strategies to Emerging Programming Approaches to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism

March 2017 | Lillie Ris and Anita Ernstorfer

This paper reflects on why the field has struggled to effectively design, monitor and evaluate programmatic efforts and offers insights on how methodologies developed for and lessons learned by the fields of peacebuilding and development can be applied to address current challenges. This paper aims to contribute to improving the relevance and effectiveness of P/CVE approaches, including through the critical consideration of both the policy context in which P/CVE exists and the types of efforts being undertaken under this heading.

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Suggested citation: Ris, Lillie, and Anita Ernstorfer. Borrowing a Wheel: Applying Existing Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategies to Emerging Programming Approaches to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism. Briefing Paper. Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium, 2017.



This resource has been developed by CDA Collaborative Learning Projects in partnership with the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The authors would like to thank the subject matter experts who shared their insights in a series of interviews conducted in February and March 2017: Georgia Holmer (US Institute of Peace), André Kahlmeyer (Conflict Management Consulting), Johnny Heald (ORB International), and Martine Zeuthen and Gayatri Sahgal (the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)).

We are also grateful to our reviewers Lisa Schirch (Eastern Mennonite University, EMU), Rebecca Wolfe (Mercy Corps), David Alpher (Saferworld), Isabella Jean (CDA Collaborative Learning Projects) and Elizabeth Hume (Alliance for Peacebuilding, AfP) for their thoughtful input.