Monitoring & evaluation
The rigorous evaluation of programmes is vital to understanding impact, determining value for money, and prioritising resources. As the scale of counter-extremism work worldwide grows, ensuring that our efforts are based on evidence becomes ever more important.
Yet measuring the impact of counter-extremism programmes and policies is a complex process, not least because of the difficulty of assessing behavioural change, the connection between offline and online actions and the controversial and sensitive nature of the subject matter.
ISD’s research team includes highly experienced evaluation experts, who design and implement robust impact assessment strategies for offline education programmes, as well as online campaigns and interventions. Drawing upon significant experience in identifying proxy indicators for resilience across a range of disciplines, ISD evaluators design innovative impact questionnaires and regularly trial new and original evaluation approaches. ISD researchers also have extensive experience in the evaluation of civil society projects and programmes in a vast array of national contexts, and can provide expert consultancy and evaluation services to civil society actors working in this space.
In addition to innovative offline evaluation design, ISD has been at the cutting edge of the evaluation of online communications campaigns beyond reach and engagement metrics. ISD was a partner in the development of a unique social listening tool that is calibrated specifically to assess the behavioural impact of online information campaigns. In addition to the results from ISD online evaluations, which can be read here, we also seek to provide guidance to civil society organisations for how they can design and measure the impact of their campaigns.
- To find out more information about ISD’s monitoring and evaluation tools and capabilities, please contact ISD Researcher Louis Reynolds or ISD Head of Policy and Research Jonathan Birdwell.
- Read our Counter-Narrative Monitoring and Evaluation report
Senior Policy Fellow
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- Mapping hate in France: A panoramic view of online discourse (2020),
- Smearing Sweden: International Influence Campaigns in the 2018 Swedish Election (2018),
- Counter-Conversations: A model for direct engagement with individuals showing signs of radicalisation online (2018),
- The Impact of Counter-Narratives (2016),
- Lone Actor Terrorism: Policy Paper 3 – Motivations, Political Engagement and Online Activity (2016),
- and edited An Online Environmental Scan of Right-wing Extremism in Canada (2020).