GOVT-595 Evaluation and Conflict Resolution
Spring for 2015-2016
Faculty:
Effective monitoring and evaluation are critical for designing successful development projects, conflict resolution interventions as well as building sustainable peace and avoiding harm in the process. Yet assessing the effects of peace building interventions in volatile contexts can be a challenging endeavor. This course aims to provide an overview of the leading organizational, practical and theoretical approaches to the evaluation of conflict resolution initiatives. The course will approach monitoring and evaluation from a reflective perspective and will introduce theories of change, indicators, monitoring, evaluation design, and various tools for reflective practice. The course will focus on applied research; students will meet with leading practitioners, review evaluation frameworks from development, humanitarian and peace building agencies, and submit case studies of evaluation methodology and practice in the organization or project of their choice. At the end of the course students will have a better understanding of key elements of project design, monitoring, evaluation and challenges thereof.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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GOVT-595-01 Evaluation and Conflict Resolution
Spring for 2015-2016
Dr. Marcella Ribetti
This class will teach students the principles of evaluation. Students will learn how to create a logic model, establish variables and indicators, construct standards, and synthesize and integrate outcomes to obtain a judgment of worth. Students will also learn the basics of writing a questionnaire and conducting an interview, as evaluators often rely on interviews for data gathering. We will then survey how evaluation strategies have been applied to the study of conflict, including to balance of power, conflict termination, and post-conflict issues. Guest speakers for this class include a former insurgent from Rwanda, a former counterinsurgent from Colombia, and a former negotiator in many African conflicts.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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