Evaluating inter-religious collaboration can be challenging; but we have found the United States Institute of Peace’s special report on evaluating interfaith dialogue programs a useful starting point in thinking through evaluation for our grant making. While focused more on dialogue, the report establishes several key tenets that hold true in evaluating inter-religious action, including:
- The importance of establishing a clear theory of change that links short- and long-term outcomes with program activities.
- The fact that evaluation should include face-to-face interviews to capture qualitative insights but also explore participation, meeting attendance, media activity and other proxies to evaluate progress as it relates to an overall increase in security and improved development outcomes.
- Insights should be shared and aggregated in an attempt to build the field and make the case for increased funding to inter-religious activities.
GHR Foundation is working with other donors, grantees and partners to make the case for inter-religious action. Contact us if you are interested in collaborating or learning more.