Understanding and assessing impact in peace funding

Hope Lyons

Peace-building is sensitive work. Approaches to assessing it need to be equally sensitive, as Rockefeller Brothers Fund is discovering

Peace-building is one of three grantmaking themes of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF). The goal of our Peacebuilding programme is to advance just and durable peace. Launched in 2011, the programme builds upon the fund’s previous work on peace and security with a growing acknowledgement that, for enduring peace to take root, we needed to look beyond a traditional security focus and support a range of activities that create stable, inclusive societies.

Our approach to assessment has three main phases: ongoing monitoring, programme reviews and impact assessments.

We refined our approach to impact assessment in 2012 with the aim of creating a process rigorous enough to discern impact but nimble enough to appreciate the nature of social change, which is about changing attitudes, narratives, and behaviour. We also sought an approach that was adaptable enough to work across the different programmatic and geographic areas we fund in.

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