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Best Practices in the Measurement and Evaluation of Track Two Dialogues: Towards a “Reflective Practice Model”

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  • 1 United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
  • | 2 Ottawa Dialogue, The University of Ottawa, 120 rue Université, Rm. FSS-5024, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada
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Abstract

Measuring the impact of Track Two dialogues has proven a difficult challenge for the field over many years. Each dialogue is different, which makes a standardized test difficult to achieve. Moreover, different actors wish to measure different things: “value” for money; impact on the conflict; how certain facilitation techniques work; and others. In this article, we present a model that can be used to measure the impact of a dialogue over time, while also encouraging reflective practice in the field. This “Reflective Practice Model” can be used to provide a snapshot of a particular moment – or as a vehicle for the accumulation of a series of such moments – thereby providing a means to observe and measure changes as the dialogue goes on.

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