Evaluation in Conflict Zones: Methodological and Ethical Challenges

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JournalJournal of Peacebuilding and Development
DatePublished - 19 Sep 2013
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)5-25
Original languageEnglish


This article explores the methodological and ethical challenges particular to the conduct and use of evaluations in conflict zones. It does this through examining the synergistic interaction of conflict dynamics and the four domains of evaluation — ethics, methodology, logistics, and politics. Drawing on evaluation theory and practice, as well as field experience, the article seeks to contribute to the building of a more methodologically self-conscious sub-field of evaluation in conflict zones — with implications not only for the field of evaluation, but also for researchers and practitioners in the fields of development, humanitarianism, peacebuilding, and private sector investment.

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  • evaluation, methodology, ethics, politics, conflict zones, fieldwork, conflict theory, peacebuilding, development, complexity

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