Young Peacebuilders is helping strengthen the evidence base of young people’s peacebuilding impact around the world. As a member of the Global Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding we supported a multi-country, multi-agency, multi-donor (3M) participatory evaluation of child and youth participation in peacebuilding. Dr. Michael McGill served as a Global Lead Evaluator on the project. The process included designing the evaluation methodology and developing and facilitating evaluator training workshops including children (and subsequently data analysis workshops) and developing cross-sector partnerships in each country where the evaluation was conducted.
Limited evidence of young people’s peacebuilding impact has greatly hindered increased investment in child and youth peacebuilders. This cutting edge research helps pave the way toward increasing and more effective support for young peacebuilders. Below is an abstract for the global report. Three country reports were also produced.
Abstract: The global report analyzed precedent research along with data collected from original participatory research conducted throughout Colombia, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nepal. Data collection and analysis included 122 child, youth, and adult evaluators and 1,567 evaluation participants (432 10-14 year olds, 533 15-17 year olds, 458 18-29 year olds, 145 adult supporters older than 18). Creative focus group discussions were the primary method of data collection. Interviews and literature review supported analysis that focused on assessing the impact and quality of child and youth participation in peacebuilding. The report concludes by offering overarching, and stakeholder-specific, recommendations for improving child and youth peacebuilding impact and quality.
- > Download the 3 country reports and global report HERE.
- > Watch Dr. McGill in a panel discussion on the 3M Evaluation hosted by DME for Peace and the Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict (WNCAC) HERE.
- > Read Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peace’s interview with Dr. McGill and Claire O’Kane HERE.