Call for chapters:
Are we making a difference?:
Global and local efforts to assess peacebuilding effectiveness

We are delighted to invite chapter abstracts for a forthcoming edited book project on assessment and peacebuilding. The book is entitled “Are we making a difference?: Global and local efforts to assess peacebuilding effectiveness” and will be published by Rowman & Littlefield. Peacebuilding practitioners at local, national, and international levels and educators are the primary audiences for the book.

This edited volume seeks to highlight data-driven/evidence-based efforts to assess the effectiveness of peacebuilding efforts worldwide and to be inclusive of voices worldwide and of diverse methods for assessing effectiveness (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, participatory). The book will also serve as a platform to share case studies of, critical reflections on, and practical tools for assessment. We encourage chapters written by peacebuilding practitioners and/or academics from a variety of fields. We are particularly interested in chapters written by or co-authored with local peacebuilders.

We seek chapters that will explore one or more of the following questions:

  • What does effectiveness even mean in peacebuilding? Effectiveness for whom?
  • Why devote so much time and attention to assessing effectiveness?
  • How is effectiveness in peacebuilding assessed? What cases illustrate these approaches to assessing effectiveness?
  • How do we “know” if peacebuilding is making a difference? What are examples of successes and failures?
  • How can we navigate ethical challenges and other dilemmas related to measuring effectiveness in peacebuilding?
  • What are the practical challenges and controversies in trying to show effectiveness?
  • What are some innovative methods for assessing effectiveness? What methods are emerging in the peacebuilding field or not yet used in peacebuilding but should be?

How to Submit Your Proposals

If you are interested in contributing to this project, please email a 300-word abstract and a brief bio of all contributing authors by November 1, 2020 to editors Stacey L. Connaughton ( and Jasmine R. Linabary ( We will notify authors of abstracts accepted for this volume by November 15, 2020. First drafts of full chapters will be due on April 1, 2021. Each chapter should be approximately 4000-4500 words and should be written in a style that will be engaging and accessible for peacebuilding practitioners and graduate or advanced undergraduate students.

Please also contact the editors if you have any questions or would like more information about this project.

About the Editors

Stacey L. Connaughton, Ph.D. is a professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. Dr. Connaughton is the director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute at Purdue’s Discovery Park, and the director of the Purdue Peace Project. Dr. Connaughton has led the relationship building, project development, and monitoring and evaluation for locally led peacebuilding initiatives in West Africa and Central America. She has authored two edited books on peacebuilding: Locally led peacebuilding: A closer look (2019; with Jessica Berns) with chapters from scholars, practitioners, and donors in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom; and Transforming conflict and building peace: Community engagement strategies for communication scholarship (2020; with Pete Kellett and George Cheney) as well as several journal articles and book chapters in this area. She works with organizations worldwide on peacebuilding initiatives.

Jasmine R. Linabary, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication & Theatre at Emporia State University. Dr. Linabary is the former associate director of research and operations for the Purdue Peace Project (PPP). In her work with the PPP, she traveled regularly to West Africa to engage with local citizens and communities working to prevent political violence. She has presented and published research for both academic and practitioner audiences on issues related to organizing for peace, women’s inclusion and leadership in peacebuilding, and participatory research and evaluation, among other subjects. She also serves as a research and evaluation consultant for nonprofit and other social change organizations, recently working as a research consultant on the Women, Peace and Security Global Polling Project, a collaboration between One Earth Future’s Our Secure Future, World Pulse, and ICAN/Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership.