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Launch of ICCT's Monitoring & Evaluation Centre of Excellence

13 May 2024

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) is pleased to announce the establishment of its Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Centre of Excellence, aimed at advancing evidence-based evaluation and decision-making in the field of Counter-Terrorism and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (CT and P/CVE). 

Why the CT and P/CVE field needs an M&E Centre of Excellence 

The underdevelopment and underutilisation of evidence-based evaluations in the CT and P/CVE field pose significant challenges, risking the replication of ineffective interventions and impeding sustainable impact. ICCT recognises M&E as a fundamental practice for addressing these challenges. The Centre of Excellence is committed to advancing M&E practices and overcoming barriers such as negative evaluation cultures, limited resources, and skepticism regarding the feasibility of evaluations in sensitive areas.  

“The CT and P/CVE field is characterised by fixed-term projects and ad-hoc evaluations, impeding sustained progress towards learning and long-term impact. Our mission is to integrate M&E as a fundamental component in all CT and P/CVE efforts, leveraging its results to inform evidence-based practices in the field. The Centre of Excellence transcends temporal constraints and connects diverse CT and P/CVE stakeholders to foster positive evaluation cultures, overcome barriers to impact measurement, and strengthen CT and P/CVE efforts,” said Aileen van Leeuwen, ICCT’s M&E Officer and Research Fellow, who has been leading the development of the M&E Centre of Excellence.  

Services offered by ICCT's M&E Centre of Excellence 

The M&E Centre of Excellence connects policy-makers, practitioners, funders, implementers, M&E professionals and academia working on CT and P/CVE – through training, research, evaluation support and exchanges – to better understand their (collective) impact, (im)prove their effectiveness and increase value for money. The Centre offers a range services to support stakeholders in the CT and P/CVE field.  

“Leveraging our expertise, ICCT's M&E Centre of Excellence establishes a platform for evidence-based CT and P/CVE efforts, to increase our projects' impact and empower others to design and analyse effective interventions,” said Antoine Baudon, ICCT Business Manager and Deputy Director. 




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About ICCT 

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) is one of the leading think tanks on counter-terrorism worldwide. It provides research, policy advice, good practices recommendations and capacity building support for researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers worldwide. It was founded in 2010, and is based in The Hague, Netherlands. 


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