The complexity of contemporary security interventions relating to drugs, organized crime, rule of law and countering violent extremism, and the climate of fiscal austerity, underline the need to strengthen the assessment of effectiveness in those interventions. Identifying and demonstrating impact is not easy. Indeed, many of the metrics currently used to measure security intervention outcomes are arguably not fit for purpose. Innovative new technologies, techniques and methods are, however, emerging. This workshop — Measuring the Impacts of Security Interventions: Innovating for Success in Drug Policy, Organized Crime, Rule of Law and Countering Violent Extremism — aims to highlight innovation in these fields and encourage cross-fertilization and allow governments and intergovernmental actors to consider how to apply these innovations in inter-agency contexts.
To improve awareness and uptake of recent innovations, the UN University’s Office in New York will host this workshop in New York on 30 June 2015, inviting Member States, donors, practitioners, researchers, academics, and innovators of all kinds to explore new approaches to the assessment of an array of security interventions. Participants will engage with innovative research on intervention assessment, and monitoring and evaluation in the fields of rule of law, organized crime, drug policy, and countering violent extremism. They will consider how developments in one field may contribute to the others, and begin to consider what they mean for policy and programming. Despite the differences in the aims and approaches of drug policy, organized crime, rule of law, and countering violent extremism interventions, they share common methodological challenges, use common data (or commonly find it lacking), and can take advantage of many of the same innovations. By bringing together scholars and practitioners focused on an array of security interventions, this conference will help break down siloed mentalities, facilitate cross-fertilization of evaluation approaches, and share lessons learned.
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Evidence for Peacebuilding (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) (1.6 MB PDF) The Current State of Peacebuilding Programming and Evidence (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) (4.9 MB PDF) Family, Justice and Fairness in Yemen (HiiL Innovating Justice) (2.3 MB PDF) Options and Issues Regarding Marijuana Legalization (Rand Corporation) (164.8 KB PDF) How Big is the U.S. Market for Illegal Drugs (Rand Corporation) (365.9 KB PDF) The Effects of Medical Marijuana Laws on Potency (International Journal of Drug Policy) (410.1 KB PDF) Words Can be Deceiving: A Review of Variation among Legally Effective Medical Marijuana Laws in the U.S. (Journal of Drug Policy Analysis) (399.4 KB PDF) A Case Study of Counter Violent Extremism Programming (International Journal of Security & Development) (483.1 KB PDF)
Convene, 730 Third Avenue, New York City
Ms. Summer Walker
Drug Policy Project Manager
Ms. Leni Kinzli