Wicked Problems: Peacebuilding Evaluation Ethics, Determining What is Good and Right

August 2016 | Reina C. Neufeldt

Suggested citation: Neufeldt, Reina C. “Wicked Problems: Peacebuilding Evaluation Ethics, Determining What is Good and Right.” The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium, 2016.


Author’s Note: Thank you to Diana Chigas and Colleen Duggan for insightful comments, careful reading and thoughtful engagement in our discussions of ethics in peacebuilding evaluation; thanks also to the larger PEC advisory board for actively wrestling with questions of what constitutes good in peacebuilding in an ongoing way. Finally, thanks to Brian Adienge and Sarah McLaughlin at the Alliance for Peacebuilding for their editing work and to Jasmine Walovitch at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects for the final layout of the document.

The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium

The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) is a project of Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) in partnership with CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Mercy Corps and Search for Common Ground (SFCG). The project is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) and is field-wide effort to address the unique challenges to measuring and learning from peacebuilding programs. The PEC convenes donors, scholars, policymakers, local and international practitioners, and evaluation experts in an unprecedented open dialogue, exchange, and joint learning. It seeks to address the root causes of weak evaluation practices and disincentives for better learning by fostering field-wide change through three strategic and reinforcing initiatives:

  1. Developing Methodological Rigor;
  2. Improving the Culture of Evaluation and Shared Learning; and
  3. Fostering the Use of Evidence to Inform Peacebuilding Policy.