The purpose of this paper is to explore the incorporation of information and communications technologies (ICTs) into the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems of peacebuilding programmes. It introduces the reader to the breadth and depth of new technologies that are currently available or could potentially be available to monitor and evaluate (including measure and disseminate) results of peacebuilding programmes. More specifically, the paper focuses on exploring the application of the following ICTs: mobile technology, social media, big data, the digitzation of surveys, and tools to better visualize data.
Key questions this document addresses:
- How can ICTs help overcome key structural and programmatic monitoring and evaluation challenges as they relate to peacebuilding programmes?
- How have ICTs been integrated or used to monitor and evaluate peacebuilding programmes?
- What are the key considerations that must be taken into account when incorporating new technologies into monitoring and evaluation systems for programmes implemented in conflict and fragile environments?
- What are some of the resources, in terms of hardware, or software, available to practitioners?
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