Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church

Lecturer in Human Security

  • MSc, International Relations, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
  • Bcom (hons), Queen's University, Kingston, Canada


Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church has been a Lecturer in Human Security at The Fletcher School since 2006. She teaches a series of modules on Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation for Peacebuilding and International Development, a course on Advanced Evaluation and Learning for International Organizations, and a course on Corruption in Conflict Environments. A practitioner-scholar, Cheyanne is the Founder of Besa: Catalyzing Strategic Change, a social enterprise innovating approaches to context analysis and program design, monitoring and evaluation in places experiencing conflict and structural or overt physical violence. Besa specializes in program design derived from systems-based analysis, quality evaluations, rigorous meta-evaluations, and creating assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation systems and structures, as well as building capacity in design, monitoring and evaluation. At Besa, Cheyanne has worked extensively with a wide range of organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, CARE International, Revenue Watch Institute, the UN Peacebuilding Fund, UN Mission in Liberia, the International Development Research Centre, Open Society Foundation, the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, USAID, and the U.S. Department of State. For the past 15 years, Cheyanne has published extensively on evaluation and peacebuilding, the corruption-conflict nexus, single identity work and policy impact on conflict issues. Her publications include Peacebuilding Evaluation: Not Yet All it Could Be, as part of the Berghoff Handbook for Conflict Transformation; Designing for Results, a practitioner focused manual on design, monitoring and evaluation for peacebuilding funded by USIP; NGOS at the Table: Strategies for Influencing Policy in Areas of Conflict, published by Roman & Littlefield, which she co-edited with Professor Mari Fitzduff; and Mind the Gap – Policy Development and Research on Conflict Issues, published by INCORE. Prior to her current roles, Cheyanne was the West Africa Liaison for the Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) project of Collaborative for Development Action (CDA), which seeks to improve the effectiveness of peace practice. In this role Cheyanne worked with the UN Peacebuilding Fund and peacebuilding agencies in Liberia to improve the results of their programming. Cheyanne served as the Director of Institutional Learning at Search for Common Ground (SFCG) where she led the organization’s work to incorporate design, monitoring and evaluation into programming to transform the way the world deals with conflict in 26 countries around the world. Before SFCG, Cheyanne was the Director of Policy and Evaluation at INCORE in Northern Ireland, a research institute that seeks to blend policy and practice to find new answers to violent conflict.

Professional Activities
  • Principal, Besa Consulting (2009 – present)
  • West Africa Liaison, Reflecting on Peace Practice, Collaborative for Development action (2006 – 2010)
  • Director, Institutional Learning and Research, Search for Common Ground (2003 – 2005)
  • Director, Policy and Evaluation Unit, INCORE (United Nations University’s Centre for International Conflict Resolution) (2000-2002)
  • Acting Director and Programme Officer, The Coexistence Initiative (1998-2000)
  • Professional Memberships: American Evaluation Association; Canadian Evaluation Association

• Scharbatke-Church, C. “Peacebuilding Evaluation: Not Yet All it Could Be.” Berghof Handbook, 2011.
• Church, C and Reiling, K, eds. “Pilfering the Peace: the nexus between corruption and peacebuilding.” New Routes Journal Volume 14, LPI, 2009.
• Church, C, ed, “Reflections on Peacebuilding Evaluation.” New Routes Volume 13, LPI, 2008.
• "A Path to Peace or Persistence? The 'Single Identity' Approach to Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland" (co-author) Conflict Resolution Quarterly 2004.
Church, Cheyanne A, Anna Visser and Laurie Shepherd Johnson. "A path to peace or persistence?: The "single identity approach to conflict resolution in Northern Ireland"." Conflict Resolution Quarterly 21, no. 3 (2004): 273-293.
• Why Evaluate?, Church C., and Shouldice J., Interaction, CRNetwork Magazine, 2004.
• "Water – A threat of war or an opportunity for peace?", Conflict Trends, Accord, South Africa; August, 2000.

• Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation Programs. Church C and Mark M Rogers, USIP, March, 2006.
• NGOs at the Table: Strategies for Influencing Policy in Areas of Conflict (co-editor) 2004.
• Evaluation of Conflict Resolution Interventions Part II: Emerging Practice and Theory; Church C., and Shouldice J., INCORE, 2003.
• Evaluation of Conflict Resolution Interventions: Framing the State of Play; Church C., and Shouldice J., INCORE, 2002.

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