Evidence for peacebuilding: an evidence gap map
3ie Evidence Gap Map Report 1
Around 70 per cent of fragile states have seen conflict since 1989 and 30 per cent of official development assistance is spent in fragile and conflict-affected situations. The challenge is to make evidence-informed investments so that peacebuilding interventions can achieve positive impacts, even in situations where development indicators are worsening.
This report by Drew B Cameron, Annette N Brown, Anjini Mishra, Mario Picon, Hisham Esper, Flor Calvo and Katia Peterson presents a 3ie evidence gap map (EGM) for the impact evaluation of peacebuilding interventions. It describes the scope and methods for the EGM and the analysis of the information in the map.
The EGM reveals two intervention categories, community-driven reconstruction and psycho-social programmes for victims, with a large number of studies that are thus promising for evidence synthesis research. There is little to no evidence available for most of the other 23 categories, while five categories have no completed or ongoing studies.
3ie has recently developed a new interactive and dynamic online platform which allows users to explore the evidence included in a particular EGM, with links to user-friendly summaries of all studies. View the evidence for peacebuilding evidence gap map on this interactive platform. You can also download the gap map which is available in a Microsoft Excel format below.
3ie also produced a scoping paper that reviews the supply of and demand for evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews on peacebuilding interventions. It reveals several areas where a high demand for evidence combined with low or moderate supply of evidence suggest the need for further research.