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Tue, May 28, 2013

Training Modules for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

The Learning Portal for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding is a web resource promoting good practice among peacebuilding professionals by sharing resources and creating a community of practice. The website currently hosts close to 500 resources openly shared with the broader community.

A key resource on the site is a set of learning modules developed by Search for Common Ground on the basic processes involved in the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives. This collection is presented as a series of 26 downloadable pdfs. Here’s the description from the portal listing:

This self-guided modular curriculum breaks the project cycle down into easily manageable stages as they relate to the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding projects and programs. The modules are meant to enable peacebuilders to learn simple, practical, and effective tools to design high quality programs and follow them up with rigorous monitoring and evaluation. It is primarily intended for program staff and M&E specialists working in peacebuilding and conflict transformation programming.

Developed by Search for Common Ground, the curriculum is based off SFCGâ??s Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation into Conflict Transformation Programming, authored by Cheyanne Church and Mark Rogers. The modules synthesize key messages of Designing for Results, and expands on the original publication by providing real-life examples, tips and practice exercises to deepen your understanding and comprehension of this crucial knowledge for effective peacebuilding.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 05 28 | Filed under Learning Objects  Research Tools  

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Tue, May 07, 2013

Democracy is Us website launched

As a creative project developed in response to the Looking at Democracy Challenge, I recently launched a new website at If you like the project, I would appreciate your vote of encouragement. Voting for the Popular Choice Award runs from May 6-16, 2013. 

The project seeks to promote conflict resolution in education as a core foundation for democratic living. I had some fun with the design, developing a “parallax” side scrolling scene where a biker rides along the “pathway to democracy” passing various reminders of good practice. You can even swap bikes if you prefer a different ride than the initial high wheel bike. Also included is a timeline of examples of people-powered nonviolent actions for change and a calendar that lists information on world holidays, peacemaker birthdays and more. At the center of the site, however, are the videos showing a selection of good examples of conflict resolution education (broadly defined) being enacted in schools and communities. Also provided are some core resources should the viewer decide to try and implement some of these ideas where they are.

Here’s the entry description:

Democracy works best with an educated citizenry who have developed skills of conflict resolution, public engagement, and civility as part of their schooling experience. This proposal harkens back to the philosophy of education espoused by pragmatist John Dewey in his 1916 book Democracy in Education, while looking forward at the positive strides being made in conflict resolution skills development in education. Democracy can get us where we need to go, but it is human-powered. Making it work requires a proper education and the ability to work with others often unlike ourselves. However, by getting involved and engaging with others we can all look forward to an interesting and productive journey. Democracy is us! Ride on!

Also, please check out the prezi, embedded below, that I developed to explain the project’s focus.

I was hoping to include a bike riding game on the site, wherein the biker has to navigate some tricky terrain and avoid various obstacles to democratic practice, but I ran out of time, so I guess it will have to wait till after the contest wraps up in June when I’ll be free to make additional changes to the site. In any case, I do hope you like it and share the site with others. Ride on!


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 05 07 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Fun Stuff  Learning Objects  Tech News  

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Thu, May 02, 2013

Careers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Webinar archive

In April of 2013 the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the U.S. Institute for Peace hosted a webinar with Professor George Lopez, Chair in Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The session focused on Careers in the Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Field. The webinar is archived and available for viewing online. Professor Lopez has been active in the field of peace studies for a very long time, serving for instance as Chair of the Peace and Global Studies Program at Earlham College in the late 1970s,  so this was a great opportunity. He also happens to be an alumni, like myself, of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, from whence great things often come.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 05 02 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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