Evaluating Employment for Stability

What’s at stake? “Employment for Stability” programs number in the hundreds, yet there is a sharp lack of evidence for the headline relationship and of systematic learning to close this gap. Res

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What’s at stake?

“Employment for Stability” programs number in the hundreds, yet there is a sharp lack of evidence for the headline relationship and of systematic learning to close this gap. Researchers from the International Security and Development Center (ISDC) describes two gaps: the “action gap”, which results from a funding environment that does not support enhanced learning; and a lack of suitable indicators that allow comparisons across studies. Failure to address these gaps head on will mean employment for stability programs continue to muddle on “in a fog”, assuming but never really knowing the impact they might be making.

What’s the plan?

These gaps call for a standardized approach to the analysis of employment for stability programs. The purpose of the workshop is to define a strategy to develop such a standardized evaluation. The recent development of the DSH-ARC fund provides a unique opportunity to invest in learning and testing the assumptions that underpin development support in fragile and conflict affected settings. A partnership between ISDC and Mercy Corps has been forged to develop enhanced M&E for employment programs in the context of their DSH-ARC programming in Lebanon and Jordan.

A three-day workshop will include five internal sessions (Days 1 and 2 of the workshop). On Day 3, the team will host a two-hour public event, to bring together the experts from the previous days and other interested stakeholders to discuss the preliminary conclusions reached and how the strategy will be implemented. This external meeting will act jointly as an opportunity to garner feedback on how the conclusions of the workshop can be strengthened.

The bigger picture

In combination, these sessions will develop and overarching strategy for the analysis of DHS-ARC programs, as well as other Mercy Corps interventions beyond the DHS-ARC framework. This approach will provide comparable evidence across multiple programs. The outputs of this project will form the basis of future  cooperative proposals amongst the core research team, which are designed to provide the opportunity to undertake enhanced M&E in a systematic manner.

Registration

Registration is required for the open session, and seats are limited. Please register by sending an email to m.price@kpsrl.org

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This event has been funded through the Platform’s Knowledge Management Fund, a mechanism that supports events, research ideas and other initiatives that contribute to improving the quality of knowledge generated by the Security & Rule of Law field, and its subsequent uptake. 

Date of publishing: 12-12-17

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