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Evaluating supernatural belief and faith-based peacebuilding

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Colleagues,

You may be interested in a briefing paper I wrote with David Steele for the CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium. It is entitled “Supernatural Belief and the Evaluation of Faith-based Peacebuilding” and can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2kaBqiX.

David and I first address concepts and principles related to belief in the supernatural that, to varying degrees, influence all faith-based actors. Then we explore  the application of these conceptions to evaluation practice. Concretely, we explain how Outcome Harvesting, as a utilization-focused approach that is complexity-sensitive, participatory and qualitative, could be used to evaluate faith-based reconciliation. Based on a real case of Sunni-Shia conflict, the subject of the evaluation is the fictitious International Inter-Religious Reconciliation Initiative (IIRI), an effort by secular and religious, indigenous and external peacebuilders in a tense, faith-based context. We illustrate how you can evaluate outcomes, their significance, how IIRI contributed, and what role beliefs in the supernatural played in the process.

It will also be a chapter in Evaluating Interreligious Peacebuilding and Dialogue: Methods and Frameworks (working title), a book edited by Mohammed Abu-Nimer and to be published later this year by the KAICIID International Dialogue Centre in Vienna.

Best wishes,

Ricardo

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