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USAID ECCN Conflict Sensitivity (CS) indicators

Thu, March 29, 8:00 to 9:30am, Hilton Reforma, Floor: 4th Floor, Doña Adelita

Proposal

This panel presents newly developed standard and customizable performance indicators directly related to Conflict Sensitive Education and discusses issues regarding:

• the demand and gaps that these indicators are conceived to address;
• the process through which they were developed,
• their appropriate selection and application to EiCC activities.

(As noted in the description of the panel overall), the aim of conflict sensitive educational practice is to maximize planned positive results of an activity by carefully attending to local conflict-related conditions and by avoiding any inadvertent aggravation or rekindling of conflict dynamics.

Other presentations in this panel will highlight how attention to equity (dimensions of marginalization) and to the safety of schools and their broader environments are central to conflict sensitivity (CS) and will present outcome indicators specific to these aspects of CS. While incorporating some complementary perspectives on safety and on equity (particularly concerning equitable processes and representation) the indicators exhibited in this presentation will encompass a more comprehensive gamut of CS aspects that is derived from synthesis of the categorization schemes in existing CS guidance documents, centrally including the USAID Checklist for Conflict Sensitivity in Education Programs and the INEE Reflection Tool for Designing and Implementing Conflict Sensitive Education Programmes in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Contexts.

These CS resources have laid out valuable frameworks and provided focused questions for guiding conflict sensitive decision making throughout the program cycle in such areas as situation analysis, community participation, curricula, organizational commitment, and capacity building. While these guidance frameworks and questions are frequently suggestive of performance indicators, the explicit step of actually formulating suggested indicators for EiCC implementing partners and their missions had not been taken either within the documents or elsewhere.
USAID ECCN has therefore developed the list of CS indicators that will be presented in this session along with examples of their Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS), which contain the precise definitions, data collection approaches, limitations, etc. These indicators and PIRS will have undergone review from the USAID ECCN Steering Group and a wider panel of CS specialists. The presentation is intended to elicit additional feedback on the indicators and PIRS and will be an occasion to open or continue dialogue with EiCC projects in startup that can participate in piloting selected CS indicators from the list within a framework for ongoing feedback to USAID/ECCN.

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