Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
What? Youth Impact: Strengthening Organizational Capacities to Build Peace in Europe, is a partnership of UNOY Peacebuilders and five European UNOY members focusing on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) practices within youth peacebuilding organisations.
Why? The need to improve organizational capacities and strategies is clearly stated in research conducted by UNOY through its Annual Impact Review. The research done in the UNOY network demonstrates a need for improving strategic approaches to the work of youth organisations through monitoring, evaluation and learning. Youth organisations, including UNOY member organisations, frequently have high turnover of staff and volunteers. This creates a relatively short organisational memory is and frequently unsatisfactory knowledge management. Youth organisations are generally occupied with daily activities but lack the capacity to work collectively on long term strategizing. This results in (relatively) short term planning and decreases the quality of the programming. Carrying out in-depth organizational assessments and reviews enables youth organizations to position themselves more strategically in the field of youth work.
READ here the research report on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in Six European Youth Peace Organisations!
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of youth organisations working on peace education in the areas of strategic development and organizational management in order to foster quality improvements in youth work in general, and youth peace education in particular and to promote young people’s active citizenship at European level in accordance to the EU Youth Strategy 2010 – 2018.
- To enhance the capacities of the partner organisations for strategic development by strengthening their monitoring, evaluation and learning processes
- To gain in-depth understanding of European youth organisation’s need for and use of monitoring, evaluation and learning processes
- To develop functional guidelines for monitoring, evaluation and learning processes for youth organizations
How? The project includes six research visits to the partner organisations, three transnational meetings, inputs for the research report will be gathered through Training for Trainers and the Young Peacebuilders Forum in November 2015, and, finally, the production and the publication of a research report on MEL and MEL guidelines for youth-led peace organizations.
Project duration: 01-02-2015 till 31-07-2016
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International Centre for the Promotion of Education and Development (CEIPES) is a non-political (but nevertheless politically active), non-religious, non-governmental and non-profit international organization, established in 2007 and based in Palermo (Italy) with antennas in 8 European countries (Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Armenia). CEIPES work is based on the human rights values of peace and nonviolence, democracy, solidarity, respect, tolerance, equality in diversity, interculturality, active participation, social inclusion, respect for the environment and cooperation.
The European Intercultural Forum e. V. (EIF) is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-political organisation which operates on international level in the field of international cooperation and development, peace education, active citizenship, empowerment and capacity development. The objectives of the organisation are: to contribute to peaceful development in the Western Balkans and the South Caucasus by strengthening the civil society and fostering democratic development; to provide intercultural learning experiences to youth and adults to enhance intercultural tolerance and mutual understanding; and to provide exchange opportunities to NGOs representatives to discover and promote best-practices in international cooperation and peace education.
Fundació Catalunya Voluntària (FCV) actively promotes solidarity and the Culture of Peace as valid tools to transform society and as real opportunities to build relevant competences.
It uses non-formal, intercultural and service-based learning methodology to encourage active participation of young people and empowers them to develop new educational, social and cultural initiatives. FCV’s three main programmes are ‘Voices for Peace’, ‘Active Volunteers’, ‘Catalans around the world’
The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) was founded in 2001 as a non-governmental, non-profit, politically independent organization in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The institute has as basic principles non-violence, conflict transformation, the promotion of human rights through information and awareness raising by solutions oriented, social, political and economic analysis.
Service Civil International Service Civil International (SCI) is one of the world’s largest international volunteering organizations dedicated to promoting a culture of peace and fostering participation through the organization and coordination of voluntary projects all over the world since 1920. The organization consists of 45 branches and an ever growing number of partner organisations. SCI is open to all and it’s projects have demonstrated to be an effective way of helping to break down barriers and prejudices between people of different backgrounds and to promote a culture of peace and intercultural understanding.
The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is a global network of 60 youth peace organisations active in the field of peace-building and conflict transformation. UNOY Peacebuilders develops expertise on specific themes within peace building based on requests from member organisations. The UNOY Peacebuilders as a network organization contributes to the work of its members in two fundamental ways: through capacity building and through advocacy. It also engages in a range of additional activities to support these two key functions: networking; sharing of information; advice and support through a pool of resource persons; research; fundraising and administrative support.
Fanni Fenyősi is the research representative of Service Civil International. She holds an international Master Degree of Rural Development. Apart from SCI she has volunteer experience at several organizations including AIESEC, Aurora and British Council. Throughout the years she gained knowledge on the field of project management and organizational assessment which she actively uses in her daily job at the joint social service branch in Budapest, Hungary. She also has experience on the field of child development and early child intervention research.
Celina Del Felice is from Argentina and currently lives in Spain. She is an educator and researcher working on peace/global education for the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, the Network University and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She is the coordinator of the Humble Bees Network, a network of professionals in the fields of development cooperation and peacebuilding. She has an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies (EPU, Austria) and a PhD in Social Sciences (Radboud University, the Netherlands). In the past, she used to work for the United Network of Young Peacebuilders as its international coordinator (2003-2006).
Irene Capozzi is a project manager at the Youth Education and Training Department of CEIPES. She is a trainer in non-formal education working with the Pool of Trainers of the Italian National Youth Forum (FNG). She has a Master’s degree in Cooperation for Development and has worked for many years in non-profit sector in Italy, in different region of Europe and in developing countries. She has great experience in European project management and in the implementation of trainings and non-formal educational activities targeting youth, disadvantaged groups, immigrants, long term unemployed, adult women with the competences in the field of human rights, leadership and active participation, personal and social development, and European structured dialogue.
Lluc Martí he lives in Barcelona since 2001 when he received his degree in Law at the University of Barcelona. From 2000 to 2007 he worked as a project manager, group leader, mentor, and trainer in the local youth association Barcelona Voluntària which is very active in promoting EVS projects, youth exchanges, training courses and seminars, mainly at European and Mediterranean level. From 2007 to 2010 he worked in the newly established FCV as a director of the IAVE Youth Office in Catalonia, global office in charge to organize IAVE worldwide and regional initiatives. In 2012 he worked 11 months in ASCIB, an organization supporting migrant people with head offices in 4 cities in Spain (as its General Director). Currently, he is a program coordinator in the FCV, in charge of 2 programs: “Active volunteers” and “Voices for Peace”.
Sebastian Schweitzer is a freelance trainer and consultant who has been working in the educational sector since 2003. He finished Political Science and started working in political and civic education in Germany. In 2006, he focused his work on the South Caucasus and the Western Balkans. Sebastian facilitates seminars and training courses on topics such as peace-building, conflict transformation, active participation and civic education for civil society activists and project managers. From 2011 to 2013, Sebastian co-managed a peace education programme for schoolteachers in Macedonia.
Ela Suleymangil is the Project and Communication Officer at the International Secretariat of Service Civil International (SCI). She holds a MA degree in Politics and International Relations. At SCI, she deals with communication and PR, follows various projects on social inclusion and capacity building and supports the Long Term Volunteers in the office.
Andrei Trubceac is graduate student in International Development Studies and MA thesis was focused on the developmental and peacebuilding challenges in states experiencing secessionist conflicts. He was a project officer in the Social Cohesion Research and Early Warning Division at the Council of Europe and has been involved with Romania’s Peace Institute (PATRIR) since 2011 as part of the Department of Peace Operations. Andrei is currently coordinating a project on Multilingual Education (MLE) in Ukraine which is aimed at resolving the challenges in the education field and creating a multilingual school environment, where several languages will be used on an equal footing, thus setting the strategic prospects for developing the education system in 3 regions of Ukraine.
Imre Veeneman is a program coordinator at the United Network of Young Peacebuilders. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on youth and refugees. She has been involved in coordinating capacity building projects for youth organisations active in the field of peacebuilding and has worked for several peacebuilding, humanitarian and international development organisations in the Netherlands.
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You can find some useful additional information on monitoring, evaluation and learning:
- A Quick Guide to Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in Fragile Contexts
- Save the Children – Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
- Training Modules for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding