Approach

Our Guiding Principles

  • Local citizens can design, lead, and implement actions to prevent escalation of disputes in their communities into armed conflict
  • Dialogue can lead to effective action toward preventing violence
  • Peacebuilding efforts stand the best chance of being effective if they originate from individuals local to the conflict.

All PPP projects are selected based on pre-determined criteria – the most important criterion is whether PPP’s work with local citizens can reduce the likelihood of political violence. 

  • PPP Director, Dr. Stacey Connaughton, gathers data from multiple sources to determine whether or not that criterion is met before a project begins.
  • Before a project begins, the PPP Director also travels multiple times to the communities with whom PPP may work and meets with local actors to build relationships, gather information, and see if local actors would like to collaborate with PPP.

To monitor our work’s progress:

  • PPP’s country directors and local collaborators monitor our work’s progress regularly by working with local peace committees, observing their activities, and talking with opinion leaders and other community members about their perceptions of our work.
  • PPP researchers have weekly Skype calls with our country directors and local collaborators in order to discuss our work’s progress and impact.
  • PPP researchers also monitor media coverage related to our work and the region we are working in every day.
  • PPP researchers discuss our work’s progress during weekly team meetings. These discussions serve as fruitful brainstorming sessions for moving our work forward.
  • Jessica Berns, the consultant to PPP, also serves as a valuable source of feedback in moving our work forward. The PPP Director has weekly phone calls with Jessica.

To assess our work’s impact:

  • PPP collects and analyzes data at multiple points in time before, during, and after a project.
  • These data consist of (a) secondary data such as media coverage and online reports from other organizations (non-governmental organizations, governments, etc.); (b) focus groups, (c) one-on-one interviews, (d) surveys (when culturally appropriate), and (e) observations. PPP researchers record all focus group and interview data (after receiving permission) and transcribe these recordings verbatim. PPP researchers then analyze the data in various ways to measure impact.
  • The way PPP assesses impact depends on the nature of the project, but in general we look for (a) changes in perceptions and behaviors among individuals over time, (b) changes in media coverage of the issue and the local peace committee over time, and (c) other kinds of outcomes (e.g., the Berekum chieftancy dispute being resolved; local peace committees preventing violence in neighboring communities; local peace committee members being asked to serve on regional or national task forces ).
  • All of our claims about our work having impact are grounded in empirical data, collected over time.
  • We also consider which other international or domestic non-governmental organizations are working in the area when assessing impact.

Three months, six months, 12 months, and 18 months after a project’s completion, the PPP conducts post-project evaluation and data collection.

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