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Measuring Diplomatic Engagement Under the Global Fragility Act

We are providing evidence and expertise on how to measure diplomatic engagement, such as ‘soft power’ or diplomatic influence, in support of the implementation of the Global Fragility Act (GFA) and the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability (SPCPS).


In partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and U.S. Government SPCPS stakeholders, we are developing a rigorous learning agenda. This collaborative initiative delves into the intricacies of integrating diplomatic engagement within conflict prevention and stabilization strategies.

We aim to explore sophisticated methodologies for measuring the multifaceted impact of diplomatic initiatives. This endeavour seeks to enhance our comprehension of the complex dynamics inherent in international conflict resolution efforts, promoting a more nuanced and evidence-based approach to diplomatic strategy development.

Our approach

We aim to develop a robust approach to understanding diplomatic influence and its impact on conflict prevention. To do this, our methodology includes a thorough review of existing literature comparison policy documents, academic papers and case studies to provide a foundational understanding of diplomatic engagement. We are also emphasizing a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative data with rigorous qualitative methods, ensuring a comprehensive analysis.

Acknowledging the complexity of diplomatic engagement, the project also advocates for context-specific theories of change and frameworks, tailoring evaluation criteria to the unique diplomatic contexts under study. The adaptable nature of diplomatic interactions demands flexible assessment tools capable of capturing nuanced and multifaceted relationships.

By collaborating with key stakeholders, including USIP and U.S. Government partners, enriches the analysis by incorporating diverse perspectives. The research addresses up to three specific research questions, translating findings into concise reports with actionable recommendations.

Beyond immediate insights, the project contributes to a forward-looking learning agenda, utilizing lessons learned to shape future conflict prevention and stabilization strategies. This comprehensive and collaborative approach aims to provide nuanced insights, enabling informed decision-making in the realm of diplomatic strategies for conflict prevention.

Outcomes and impact

Overall, we aim to deepen the understanding of diplomatic influence in conflict prevention. We seek to provide practical recommendations to empower decision-makers with evidence-based insights.

By facilitating knowledge transfer within the peacebuilding community, the project contributes to collective learning and informs future initiatives. Additionally, the forward-looking learning agenda ensures continuous adaptation, promoting long-term effectiveness in diplomatic efforts.

Ultimately, the project’s impact extends to influencing policy frameworks, enhancing the targeted and impactful nature of global diplomatic interventions, and contributing significantly to the advancement of peace and stability on a broader scale.