Evaluation Workshop for National Representatives and Decision-makers

On 25 April 2017, a team of experts from IMPACT Europe and the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) brought together national representatives from across 13 European Union member states for a one-day intensive workshop on the evaluation of programmes and initiatives focusing on preventing and countering violent radicalisation and extremism (P/CVE).

Delegates attending represented a wide range of professional backgrounds and held decision-making responsibilities for P/CVE work in their member states. The workshop offered participants a forum to discuss the evaluation of P/CVE interventions, with the aim of building capacity for P/CVE evaluation, both at a national and individual intervention level.

Through a series of case study presentations and facilitated sessions, participants shared their professional experiences and discussed how to build national evaluation capacity, conduct P/CVE evaluations, develop collective knowledge through evaluation, and apply evaluative evidence in their daily practice.

In-depth learning sessions identified the challenges and limitations commonly faced by practitioners designing, delivering, or commissioning P/CVE evaluations. Potential strategies for avoiding and addressing these challenges were explored though a number of group exercises. Participants were also introduced to the IMPACT Europe Toolkit, as an online resource that can provide ongoing support for designing and delivering P/CVE evaluations.

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