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The INDEED e-guidebooks – designing initiatives & evidence-based evaluation (PVE/CVE/Derad)

In recent years, initiatives dedicated to preventing and countering radicalisation towards violent extremism as well as encouraging deradicalisation have been emerging more frequently. To facilitate their development and evidence-based evaluation planning, the INDEED project developed free handbooks available in 10 languages. They will be extremely useful for the evaluation of such initiatives.

The INDEED project is coordinated by the Polish Platform for Homeland Security. Its objective is to strengthen the knowledge, capabilities and skills of practitioners in preventing and countering violent extremism (PVE/CVE) or supporting deradicalisation (Derad) and policymakers in evidence based evaluations and practice. The e-guidebooks that were recently published, are part of the INDEED toolkit for practitioners and policymakers. This toolkit also includes an INDEED evaluation tool, which provides more detailed tips and recommendations. To access the INDEED toolkit, go to

As part of this project, two free handbooks were published, which are available in 10 languages. Their main purpose is to familiarise practitioners and policymakers with the principles and practices of evidence-based evaluation so that they can act as well informed stakeholders in evaluations and know how to plan and implement PVE/CVE/Derad initiatives so that they can be effectively evaluated. Acting as an evaluator requires more indepth expertise in evaluation practices, designs and methods than is included in the e-guidebooks. This should be taken into account when deciding who will act as an evaluator.

The target

The INDEED e-guidebooks are designed to provide a good understanding of the evidence-based approach to evaluation and how it can be applied in the field of PVE/CVE/Derad and to provide guidance in designing such initiatives.

The e-guidebooks are mainly written for the practitioners and policymakers working in this field. They may also be useful for professional evaluators and academics who participate in evaluating such initiatives and want to get more familiar with evidence-based evaluation or conducting evaluations specifically in the PVE/CVE/Derad field.

Two e-guidebooks

The INDEED e-guidebook 1, “Evidence-based Evaluation of PVE/CVE and De-radicalisation Initiatives. Principles, Challenged and Methods” provides a concise introduction to the fundamentals of evaluation and what an evidence-based approach to evaluation means. It introduces different evaluation types, designs and methods, and provides guidance on when to do evaluations and who should do them. It includes a chapter on ethics and evaluation, as well as numerous examples of previous evaluations of PVE/CVE/Derad initiatives.

You can download the first e-guidebook here: Link.

In turn, the INDEED e-guidebook 2, “How to Design PVE,CVE and De-radicalisation Initiatives and Evaluations According to the Principles of Evidence-based Practice” goes deeper into how to apply an evidence-based approach to evaluation. It provides guidance on how to build evaluation into the initiative design, as well as step-by-step instructions for designing and implementing an evidence-based evaluation. It also includes further information on how to ensure the evaluation is conducted ethically.

You can download the second e-guidebook here: Link.

If you are a practitioner working in the field of PVE/CVE/Derad or if you are interested in the field of evaluation, please read more about the INDEED project. And for those who want to find out what evidence-based evaluation is, please read our article: Effective Evaluation – How To Plan And Conduct It.

Effective Evaluation – How to Plan and Conduct it

Well-designed and successfully conducted evaluation helps to enhance the effectiveness of the initiative. It allows measuring the current effects of the work and establishing a solid foundation for further activities. The INDEED consortium is currently working on the tool that will facilitate this process.

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