Research Fellow Dr Bryn Hughes recently collaborated on the development of a book titled Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and Evaluation.

The book encompasses the design, evaluation, and learning for international interventions aiming to promote peace, with a focus on the debates around adopting complexity thinking. This approach provides valuable insight into the challenges of building peace in conflicted societies and fundamental criteria required to effectively deliver development assistance.

This publication brings together a like-minded group of practitioners and researchers whose shared interest in complexity emerged from working with the challenges of evaluating peacebuilding campaigns and programmes and the mainstream limitations to monitoring and evaluation.

Insights from Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and Evaluation addresses the core dilemma that practitioners have to confront: how to function in situations that are fast changing and complex, when equipped with tools designed for neither. How is it possible to reconcile the tension between the use of linear causal logic and the dynamic political transitions that interventions are meant to assist?

Readers will reinforce their conceptual knowledge with the latest case study applications, viewed from a diverse spectrum of organisational angles. Practitioners and consultants in this broad space can expect invaluable insights as to how to improve their trade craft while ensuring policy makers and the accompanying research and academia have clearer guidance on the concept of complexity thinking. This edited volume provides critically innovative offerings for readers who collectively make up this broad area’s practitioners, researchers, academics, educators, consultants, as well as policy makers.

Bryn Hughes works in ISSR’s Development Effectiveness group and specialises in applying complexity thinking to organisational performance, learning and assessment. 

16 August 2016