Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DME) work contributes to conceptualization, implementation, and learning at the programmatic and organizational levels and forms the basis of our accountability to supporters.


Members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s military justice system receive copies of our "Handbook on Complementarity" at a North Kivu forum.


ICTJ is an outcome-driven organization that is committed to affirming victims’ dignity, fighting impunity, and promoting responsive institutions. To accomplish these aims, we rely on rigorous data collection and analysis that inform our work. The Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation unit works closely with all parts of the organization to support smart, effective, and evidenced-based approaches around the world. We do this, in part, by organizing our work around an institutional results framework.

The DME unit oversees the policies that govern central tenets of our work, including gender mainstreaming, conflict sensitivity, and a rights-based approach to justice. It also measures the impact of our work. Progress in transitional justice contexts is never linear. We strive to use the most appropriate instruments to capture its complexity, from standard tools to innovative methods. These include:

  • In-depth interviews
  • Surveys
  • Stakeholder analyses
  • Political briefs
  • Outcome harvesting and mapping

We also collect data for assessment and learning. Predicting what happens to societal institutions in the long term is quite difficult. Political, social, economic, cultural, and historical factors beyond ICTJ’s control may come into play. Such shifts require ICTJ to be nimble, with programming that can respond to dynamic realities.


ICTJ's Salwa El Gantri reviews testimony submitted by the "Transitional Network is Also for Women" Network to Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission.


ICTJ places special emphasis on tailoring our program to contexts and obtaining strategic insight to seize emerging opportunities and mitigate risks. All country offices produce bi-weekly, quarterly, and annual reports that are reviewed and discussed with senior staff at headquarters. We use these instruments to review our assumptions, improve our analysis of the context, and update workplans in recognition of developments on the ground and of the evolving priorities of our partners. 

In addition to increasing the effectiveness and impact of our work, our DME efforts underpin our accountability to our supporters and to victims of massive human rights violations. We regularly commission external evaluations to get unbiased evidence of our work on the ground. Because we operate in sensitive contexts, we have adapted robust independent guidelines to apply in the design of evaluations.