‘Critical Friends: Using external actors to catalyze reflection’ is part of a webinar series which DME for Peace are hosting. DME for Peace is a global community of practitioners, evaluators, donors, and academics who share best and emerging practices on how to design, monitor, and evaluate peacebuilding programs. Through greater collaboration and transparency we hope to increase the effectiveness of the peacebuilding field.
In this webinar, Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) will be sharing its experiences from the use of ‘Critical Friend’, a method of bringing external layers of analysis and quality assurance to monitoring and evaluation. Critical friends are independent and professional external actors who with their expertise, and profile can contribute to critical reflection and engage in constructive dialogue in a safe and trusted space. The concept of critical friend was tested in evaluating CMI’s 2014-2016 global programme, and will be further developed to support the assessment of the 2018-2021 programme. Critical friend has also been successfully tested as an integrated part of an internal project review. We will discuss the experience CMI engaged in with Dr Eleanor O’Gorman who acted as our critical friend for a one year period.