CDA is known as a leader in peacebuilding effectiveness work. We help policy makers, practitioners, and organizations improve the relevance and accountability of programming through better tools for conflict analysis, program strategy design, and assessment. CDA has also contributed to influential policy guidance, such as the OECD/DAC Guidance on Evaluating Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities. CDA is a thought leader in applying systems thinking to conflict analysis, program design and evaluation. Current collaborative learning efforts are exploring the cumulative effects of peacebuilding efforts and further enhancing monitoring and evaluation tools, in collaboration with the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium.
CDA’s work on peacebuilding effectiveness began in 1999 with the launch of the Reflecting on Peace Practice Program (RPP). RPP posed a simple, albeit complex question: What works- and what doesn’t work – in peacebuilding? RPP worked with hundreds of agencies and individuals, and conducted 26 peacebuilding case studies throughout the world to glean lessons applicable across conflict contexts and develop user-friendly toolkits. The resulting lessons are presented in Confronting War: Critical Lessons for Peace Practitioners (2003). Between 2007 and 2009, CDA undertook 16 case studies that investigated the cumulative impacts of peacebuilding programs in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Findings from these have been published in issue papers, and select publications.
CDA is currently developing a new collaborative learning initiative on effective approaches to prevent violent extremism, and has recently published a briefing paper on applying established design, monitoring and evaluation approaches from the peacebuilding and development fields to the emerging field of preventing and countering violent extremism.
A Selection of Guidance
“When the Organization of American States (OAS) said that they would like to improve their capacities in conflict analysis, I knew exactly where to ask for help… obviously CDA. I knew I could count on them to deliver the best conflict analysis training, and one that would meet the expectations of top OAS policy analysts. I was not wrong. Anita and Michelle did a tremendous job. They enriched the workshop by developing a case study based on OAS-specific needs. They also suggested additional tools to tailor the contents to the needs of people who deal with high-stakes policy negotiations and programmes in the Latin America region. The OAS event was so successful that Caribbean counterparts requested a similar workshop for their own regional agencies. The Caribbean workshop too was highly appreciated by all the participants.”
A Selection of Analysis
“The ongoing collaboration between AFSC and CDA for the past three years has been invaluable. Through various learning formats like systems mapping and Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) training, problem analysis theory and customized coaching, CDA has enhanced our ability to reflect on the work we do for peace and social justice around the world in new ways. Each year, our relationship with CDA improves and becomes more defined. We are confident that the skills and training we continue to receive are contributing to a sustained internal wheelhouse of knowledge and expertise that offers technical and contextual support towards effective and efficient peace programming.”