Evaluation finds PEP program “challenging and worth it”

Copy of CADEAU'S CIRCLE (1)We are proud to share this latest evaluation of our Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (PEP) from John DiTillo, MA candidate at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. DiTillo conducted the follow- up evaluation with PEP participants from 2012 and 2013. The study reaffirmed the importance and effectiveness of the program, while providing valuable information to help improve alumni networks and future PEP courses.

Some highlights:

– 100% of interviewees, when asked if they would recommend the PEP, stated that they would or already had.

– Unlike most traditional professional training programs, PEP has shown to impact participants, to differing degrees, both professionally and personally: “It opened my mind a little bit”; “I am a better person for having undertaken the challenge”; “I am forever changed.”

– “An awesome experience where, over ten days, [you] are stretched to your limits in the outdoors, hiking, while learning about conflict resolution and putting it into practice…with people from all over the world, not only in theory but in a very practical sense.”

– Perspectives shared in this evaluation suggest that it is challenging, and worth it, and the journey does not end in the Costa Rican cloud forest, but continues.

Read the full evaluation here.

Huge thanks to John DiTillo for dedicating his time and energy into researching and preparing this evaluation!

Find out more and apply for the latest Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding here.