Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Learning to Action across International Evaluation: Conflict, Post-Conflict and Peace

Session Number: ICCE8
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Kate Goddard Rohrbaugh [Program Analyst (Evaluation) - Peace Corps, OSIRP]
Presenter 1: Michael Burke [Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - US Peace Corps]
Presenter 2: Ye Zhang [IMPAQ International, LLC]
Presenter 3: Elma Bukvic Jusic [M&E Specialist - United States Agency for International Development]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Elma Bukvic Jusic [M&E Specialist - United States Agency for International Development]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Mark Robert Skeith [M&E Specialist / Empirical Analyst - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Kraemer Lovelace [USAID]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (04:30 PM - 05:15 PM)
Room: Roosevelt 3

Abstract 1 Title: Use of a Theoretical Framework for Evaluating the Peace Corps’ MySafety Pilot
Presentation Abstract 1: In 2017 the Peace Corps Office of Safety and Security initiated a pilot study for the MySafety Guide: A Safety and Security Resource. The Guide, together with associated training sessions and independent activities included in the Guide, is intended to be a key part of our safety and security global core training for Peace Corps Volunteers. This session will summarize the theoretical framework and theory of change used to develop the Guide and trainings and outline how we expect to affect Volunteers’ ability to handle the risks associated with Peace Corps service. The evaluation strategy for the multi-site, case-control pilot and our initial findings will be presented. Training-related evaluation issues such as the Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model and the importance of considering theoretical constructs and theories of change during evaluation planning will be discussed.
Presentation 1 Other Authors: Ashley Goldstein, US Peace Corps, Training Administrator; Claudia Kuric, US Peace Corps, Chief of Operations Support; Daniel Goshorn-Maroney, US Peace Corps, Personal Security Assistant
Abstract 2 Title: Evaluating the Impact of Inter-Ethnic Reconciliation Programs in Post-Conflict Countries: Lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Presentation Abstract 2: Understanding how reconciliation affects communities can have profound policy implications and is particularly important in the context of post-conflict countries. This study rigorously evaluates a unique community-based program, "Trust, Understanding, Responsibility for the Future in BiH (PRO-FUTURE)", in which USAID provides opportunities for BiH leaders and citizens to challenge and change their own beliefs about one another, and then start transforming their local communities. The innovative features of our evaluation design lie in (1) the survey instrument, which would measure attitudes toward reconciliation and  reciprocal trust and exchange in innovative ways, and (2) a two-stage propensity score matching with difference –in-differences estimates based on baseline and endline surveys, triangulated with project M&E database.  
Presentation 2 Other Authors: Naida Carsimamovic Vukotic (ncarsimamovic@measurebih.com); IMPAQ International, LLC
Abstract 3 Title: What happens thirteen years after the project ends: Lessons from a USAID/Bosnia civil society project
Presentation Abstract 3: The importance of ex-post evaluations is too often neglected in international development. Consequently, we know little about the long-term sustainability of development interventions. This paper discusses an ex-post evaluation of USAID/Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) civil society project, Democracy Networks (DemNet), which lasted five years. When USAID launched the program in 1999, the BiH non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were still nascent. Although community-based associations had a long-standing history, modern NGOs evolved during and in the aftermath of the 1992-1995 war.  DemNet was designed to develop and strengthen local NGOs throughout BiH, in order that they, and the citizens they represent, could more effectively participate in the economic and political life of BiH. An integral element of the program was to develop indigenous mechanisms to sustain the institutional development and sustainability of the NGO sector beyond the life of the project. The project built a critical mass of professional NGOs throughout the country.  
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Session Abstract (150 words):  Learning to Action across International Evaluation: Conflict, Post-Conflict and Peace

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