New Survey Aims to Develop a Unified Understanding of Evidence-Based Practice in Peacebuilding

Evidence Based Peace Building
A group releases 100 doves coinciding with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days in office in Manila on October 7, 2016. The group urge Duterte to end crime, drugs, and poverty through peace-building. NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images

The idea of “evidence based practice” in peacebuilding is a hot topic, but there isn’t a unified understanding of what that might mean in practice in the peacebuilding field. A new survey developed by One Earth Future and the Alliance for Peacebuilding, is an attempt to understand what the different communities in the peacebuilding field think about the idea of evidence-based practice. It surveys people on what exactly evidence means to them, and what issues or topics in the peacebuilding field have the best (or worst) evidence behind them.

The goal of the survey is to help identify which approaches and interventions in the peacebuilding field have the greatest evidence behind them, and also to help develop a unified understanding of what evidence-based practice might be. People who identify as peacebuilding professionals are encouraged to take the survey and forward it to other practitioners in the field.

Take the survey and register your perceptions of the evidence base in the field of peacebuilding.

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