Current Projects

 
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Funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York
(with Roger Mac Ginty)

The Everyday Peace Indicators Project investigates alternative, bottom-up indicators of peace and how such bottom-up information can be meaningfully integrated into policy processes. The project develops an inductive, participatory approach to the generation of indicators in order to measure difficult-to-measure concepts such as peace. Taking its cue from studies in sustainable development, the project asks community members to identify their own measures of peace. It is based on the premise that local communities are best placed to identify changes in their own circumstances, rather than relying on external ‘experts’ to identify indicators for them. Currently, we are working on developing further the utility of participatory numbers and everyday indicators, as well as investigating how they can be best utilized by local government actors. We are doing this through project work to scale the everyday indicators up to be able to make meaningful conclusions about a territorial region or group. Our current pilot of this project is for the Pasto Indigenous group in Colombia. In addition, we are conducting institutional ethnographies to track information flows and local level data during peace processes. An initial ethnography was completed in Colombia and we are currently underway selecting a second location. Finally, the Everyday Peace Indicators Project has become a 501c3 registered NGO and is consulting with several international organizations to integrate EPI into their research and evaluation systems.

 

Assessing Transformative Justice 
Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Law & Social Sciences
(with Peter Dixon)

In this project, we are implementing innovative, mixed-methods research to understand processes and outcomes of transformative justice efforts in Colombia and the DRC. Scholars largely agree on the importance of reparations for transitions from conflict, but remain divided on how best to conceive of their relationship to justice. This debate, however, lacks a solid empirical base and, with few programs in existence, has remained largely normative. Taking inspiration from the Everyday Peace Indicators project, we are working with communities to derive meaningful – and measurable – indicators of transformative justice through in-depth discussions. These indicators will then be tracked and compared over time and across communities, helping to close the gap in empirical research on reparative outcomes with critical, bottom-up data.

Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Project (SCORE) Collaborative Analysis of Reconciliation Dynamics tool (CARD)
Funded by the US Agency for International Development
(with USIP)

To develop a framework and provide localized data on community level understanding and dynamics of reconciliation in Sri Lanka. This framework will inform USAID’s flagship Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity (SCORE). The project will address: 1) the difficulty in defining and measuring concepts such as peace, reconciliation, and social cohesion utilizing the Everyday Peace Indicators (EPIs) methodology, and 2) measurement of Everyday Peace Indicators simultaneously with the SCORE activity, providing an opportunity to inform, review, and analyze progress in the challenging space of peacebuilding and reconciliation programming.