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Monitoring and Evaluating SSR Support

Over the last decade, international actors, including multilateral organisations such as the UN, have become increasingly engaged in SSR support. Despite this growing engagement in SSR, efforts to learn from past experience remain very limited. Evidence-based knowledge on what approaches and instruments work or do not work is still the exception rather than the rule. The growing body of evaluations in this area is expected to narrow this knowledge gap, enabling international actors to learn from their support to improve the performance of future interventions. In practice, however, evaluations often fall short of providing a robust evidence base for enhanced programming. Moreover, existing evaluations are usually scattered across different databases, thus impeding the ability to systematically learn from them.

The DCAF Research Division’s Results-Based Management/Monitoring and Evaluation Programme seeks to strengthen international approaches to monitoring, evaluating and learning from international support to SSR. Its current areas of research include:

  • Collecting over 100 publically available evaluations in the area of SSR and compiling these into an online database.
  • Conducting a comparative analysis of this large sample of evaluations to provide policy-relevant information regarding approaches to undertaking more effective evaluations in SSR.
  • Taking a first step towards documenting and analysing theories of change underlying programming in the area of SSR.
  • Undertaking a comparative analysis of lessons identified in the evaluations included in the DCAF evaluation database.