Design, Monitoring and Evaluation

The Peacebuilding Fund embraces its central role in contributing to the knowledge base on what works and what does not when supporting conflict-affected communities. Underpinning this work is a monitoring and evaluation function that stresses learning as well as accountability.

Ensuring high-quality evaluation is a shared responsibility between the PBF and fund recipients, with responsibility for mandatory project evaluations resting with fund recipients, while evaluations of whole country portfolios are undertaken by PBSO. The Fund also capitalizes on this broad evaluation coverage to produce Thematic Reviews and other studies that distill evidence of effective peacebuilding in important sectors, and highlight areas where we must do better.

Robust evaluation depends on quality data. In nearly all of the 24 countries declared eligible for PBF funding, PBF’s investments in strategic monitoring offer up important data on critical peacebuilding issues such as levels of intercommunal trust or a population’s confidence in institutions. PBF’s promotion of Community-Based Monitoring, moreover, amplifies the voice of the Fund’s ultimate stakeholders and closes accountability loops to decision makers.

Evaluation Framework in PBF-Eligible Countries


  Evaluability assessments Project evaluations Portfolio evaluations
Frequency First 6-9 months of implementation Mid-term and/or end of each project End of 5-year eligibility cycle
Objectives & methods
  • Programme design and M&E review for early adjustments
  • Participatory
  • PBSO-managed
  • Outcome-level assessments
  • Mixed methods
  • Recipient-managed, PBSO-supported
  • Outcome-level assessment
  • Mixed methods
  • PBSO-managed