About the Project
The project produces Everyday Indicators of difficult-to-measure concepts such as peace, reconciliation, governance and violent extremism. By teaming up with local NGOs, we work with communities to generate everyday indicators. Using participatory research methods, the project utilizes focus groups to identify indicators that local communities use to assess changes in peace and conflict in their locality. These indicators can then be used to design, monitor and evaluate external interventions. The choice of indicators helps reveal community priorities and how communities see their own experiences.
In addition, we strive to influence wider debates about the measurement of difficult-to-measure concepts and aim to develop a system complementary to standard top-down indexes and barometers by influencing the debates on concept formation and quantitative measurement.
The project is a cooperative, bottom-up endeavor. It takes, as a starting point, the belief that local communities are best placed to conduct research on their own communities – they understand the context best. The project operates via local NGOs, it sources the indicators from the communities themselves, and shares the research findings with the communities. The project should help communities identify local priorities, and could also help communities identify common goals.
We are available on a consultation basis for other organizations or projects interested in integrating the Everyday Peace Indicators methodology and modifying it to suit community or thematic needs.