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Evaluating the Impact of Media Interventions in Conflict Countries (with USIP, Fondation Hirondelle, Internews, Broadcasting Board of Governors)

December 13, 2010 - December 17, 2010

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An international group of media experts, media development professionals, international broadcasters, methodologists, NGOS, and government officials met in Caux, Switzerland from December 13 to December 17, 2010 to develop a shared set of approaches and best practices for identifying the role that media and information programs can and do play in conflict and post conflict countries.

The meeting evolved out of a common recognition that while evaluation is considered increasingly critical to media initiatives across the board, there are important and ongoing debates about how to assess the value of media interventions in conflict countries and the factors that lead to success or failure.

Attendees participated in five days of intensive work and discussion to collectively author the Caux Principles, a set of guiding principles and best practices that specifically address the exigencies of conducing evaluation research in conflict-affected areas.  The participants hope that the Caux Principles represent just the first step in establishing an open and inclusive community of practice dedicated to improving evaluation in order to better inform future programs and ultimately better serve the vulnerable populations which these programs seek to aid.  They hope that other stakeholders will support these principles and participate in an ongoing, open, and inclusive dialogue about how to best improve and leverage evaluation practices going forward.

Please click here to see the published report, Evaluating Media Interventions in Conflict Countries: Toward Developing Common Principles and a Community of Practice.

Links to the Key Takeaways of the Caux Guiding Principles, reports authored for the meeting, and background readings and resources can be found on the right-hand navigation panel.