Better Evidence Project

The Better Evidence Project (BEP) seeks to improve the evidence available to donors, policy makers, practitioners, and scholars in the peacebuilding community, thus strengthening our collective efforts to address the problems of war and violence. 

Group photo of meeting participants at Point of View Retreat Center

The problems of war and violence urgently require the concerted efforts of donors, policy makers, practitioners, and scholars in the peacebuilding community. In order to best address the humanitarian catastrophe of war, these efforts must be guided by informed understandings of what works effectively to prevent wars and resolve conflict.

With the generous support of Milt Lauenstein, a group of leading academic, practitioner, and funding organizations met at George Mason University in February 2020 to determine how best to initiate the research needed to produce such evidence. The resulting Better Evidence Project will initially sponsor research on two high priority areas: indicators of change that reflect success in conflict resolution efforts, and learning from local peacebuilding successes. As more resources are available, this research will expand and additional research will work on other priority areas. With a hub at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s Center for Peacemaking Practice, the Better Evidence Project will bring together the expertise of scholars, practitioners, donors, and policy makers, together seeking maximum practical impact in improving conflict resolution practice. 

For more information, or to explore partnerships with BEP, contact Kristina Hook, Executive Director, at

Employment Opportunities with BEP

Looking to make a practical contribution to ending wars and fostering reconciliation while also gaining valuable career experience and securing part-time employment?

Two part-time paid positions are available for motivated, dedicated candidates with administrative skills and the desire to support the daily operations of peacebuilding work:

  1. Finance and Administrative Assistant, with the Better Evidence Project and Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation
  2. Office Administrator, with the Better Evidence Project

See the position descriptions for job requirements, responsibilities, and application details.  Applications close January 5, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.


Summary of Better Evidence Project Planning Workshop

George Mason University Center for Peacemaking Practice • February 4, 2020

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