15 Jul 2011
Grounded Theories of Change in an Azerbaijani-Armenian Youth peace-building Project
The use of Theories of Change as a practice in the conflict and peacebuilding evaluation community has gained attention in recent years as a way to strengthen the field’s understanding of what are the efforts that help to bring about social change and how are they are able to do it. Within these efforts, there has been a significant focus on deductive methods of coming up with Theories of Change; however, this has excluded the perspectives of the project stakeholders. This research project aims to explore the practice of cultivating the stakeholders’ perspectives on the Theories of Change through an inductive or “bottom-up” approach which the researcher calls, Grounded Theories of Change. In particular, it focuses on a case study of Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation working to promote peacebuilding in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict by implementing Track 2 level cross-border joint projects and activities with Armenian and Azerbaijani youth.