This toolkit is designed for UNDP practitioners and partners who are working on programmes that are either specifically focused on preventing violent extremism (PVE), or have PVE-relevant elements to them. It draws on best practice for design, monitoring and evaluation in complex, conflict contexts adapting these for PVE programming. The toolkit includes modules, processes and approaches as well as an indicator bank that can be used within UNDP, with national and community level partners, and as part of a capacity-building approach around monitoring.
This toolkit was developed by UNDP in collaboration with International Alert, an organisation working with people directly affected by conflict to build lasting peace. International Alert focuses on solving the root causes of conflict, bringing together people from across divides. In collaboration with local communities, partners, businesses and policy-makers, Alert turns its in-depth research and analysis into practical solutions that make a difference on the ground.
The objective of this toolkit is to help close this gap. It is designed as a living document for UNDP practitioners and partners who are working on programmes that are either specifically focused on PVE, or have PVE-relevant elements to them. It draws on best practice for design, monitoring and evaluation in complex, conflict contexts adapting these for PVE programming. The toolkit includes modules, processes and approaches as well as an indicator bank that can be used within UNDP, with national and community level partners and as part of a capacity-building approach around monitoring.
How to Use the Toolkit
The toolkit is divided into four sections to help you navigate to the parts that are most relevant to you:
- Laying the foundations explains approaches and principles that need to underpin projects related to PVE, including conflict and gender sensitivity.
- Building the framework offers tools for identifying factors of vulnerability and resilience to violent extremism in the project context, building theories of change, and developing indicators and monitoring.
- Monitoring strategy and data collection provides guidance and tools on developing a monitoring strategy and discusses and compiles different data collection methods.
- Evaluation using the learning provides details on evaluating PVE projects.
Each section houses modules that contain guidance and tools to aid with the design, monitoring and evaluation of PVE projects. Some of these tools can be used independently, others work best when they are used together. At the beginning of each tool, there is information on the tool’s purpose, how and when to use the tool, and which other tools it can be used in conjunction with.
The toolkit is intended to be dipped in and out of, rather than used chronologically, depending on where you are in the project cycle and what your needs are. The toolkit is designed for use in-house and with partners and beneficiaries at any stage before or during your programming.
What the Toolkit Does Not Do
- This is not a guide to general monitoring and evaluation. The toolkit is intended to complement and be used in conjunction with UNDP’s existing tools and resources, such as the M&E handbook and ToC guidance, which provide more detail on general M&E tools and good practice. As such, the toolkit is not a compendium of all possible M&E tools that could be applied to PVE, but rather it highlights specific issues, methods and tools that can be the most relevant and most useful to UNDP staff and partners.
- The tools described here are not blueprints. All the tools need to be adapted to both the different types of programming and different country and programming contexts. Use your own judgement, skill and experience in deciding whether to use or adapt any tool.
Finally, this is intended as a living document. It is envisaged that the tools will evolve and change as they are tried and tested in different contexts.