Oct 25, 2018
This report presents the results of a study investigating how evaluations of counterterrorism (CT) and preventing and countering violent extremism (PCVE) policies were designed and conducted over the last five years and what practical lessons can be drawn from these. The study encompassed a set of interconnected research tasks, including the production of an inventory of CT and PCVE evaluations and of an ad-hoc analytical framework.
In 2010, a study commissioned by the Research and Documentation Centre (Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum, WODC) in the Netherlands first aimed to assess evaluation practice and culture in the fields of counterterrorism (CT) and preventing and countering violent extremism (PCVE). Seven years on from this initial study, in light of the continuous developments and investments occurring in the fields of CT and PCVE, there was a growing necessity for a renewed analysis of how strategies, policies and initiatives in these fields are evaluated and what advances could be made.
Mindful of this, in December 2017 the WODC commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a study aimed at investigating how evaluations of CT and PCVE policies in the Netherlands and abroad have been designed and conducted over the last five years, and what practical lessons can be drawn regarding such evaluations.
To achieve this goal, the study entailed the undertaking of three interconnected research tasks. First, the study opened with the production of an inventory of evaluations of CT and PCVE strategies, policies and interventions conducted since 1 January 2013. In parallel to this, the study team developed an analytical framework to be used for assessing evaluations collected. Lastly, the study team conducted a structured analysis and review of the evaluations inventory.
This report discusses the activities, results and findings of this study and presents recommendations for future work in this area. It is aimed at a specialist audience of academics, practitioners and policy-makers with an intimate understanding of evaluation, particularly in the context of CT and PCVE.
Understanding the study context and its key definitions
Building an analytical framework
Analysing CT and PCVE evaluations
Identifying issues and learning lessons from CT and PCVE evaluations
Overall conclusions and recommendations
CT and PCVE evaluations inventory
Stakeholder elicitation details and tools