Andrew Blum

Former Vice President, Planning, Learning and Evaluation

Note: This is an archived profile of a former U.S. Institute of Peace expert. The information is current as of the dates of tenure.

Andrew Blum leads USIP’s efforts to become a true learning organization through improving the Institute’s ability to monitor, evaluate, and learn from its programming. He started this work when in February 2012, he was appointed to be USIP’s first Director of Learning and Evaluation. Since February 2013, he has served on USIP’s leadership team as Vice-President for Planning, Learning and Evaluation. He joined USIP in September 2008 as a program officer for the Grant and Fellowship program. In 2010, in partnership with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, he designed and launched the Peacebuilding Evaluation Project, an initiative designed to improve evaluation practice in peacebuilding field as a whole. Prior to joining USIP, he was assistant director of the University of Maryland's Center for International Development and Conflict Management, where he was the director of the Project on International Communication and Negotiations Simulations (ICONS) and oversaw the undergraduate minor in conflict management. Earlier he served as academic director for the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution and field representative for the Carter Center in Georgetown, Guyana. In the field, he has worked on peacebuilding programs in Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Guyana, and Turkey. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California, School of International Relations.

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Articles & Analysis from this Expert

June 17, 2016

Those of us who work in peacebuilding are constantly reminded that the challenges we confront are big and the resources we command are small. So there is both a practical and an ethical obligation to use those resources wisely and be certain of their value. Toward that end, a little over four years ago, USIP asked me to become the organization’s first director of learning and evaluation. At its core, my job description was simple: help the Institute use evidence to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.


December 8, 2011
In 2010, the U.S. Institute of Peace awarded a grant to Search for Common Ground to develop stronger content for its new design, monitoring and evaluation website.  On Dec. 8, 2011, Search for Common Ground and The American University officially launched "DM&E for Peacebuilding."
July 26, 2011
USIP, through its Grant Program and other units, has a long history of working on the ground to build the capacity of women to address conflicts in their communities. These activities are consistent with the Institute's goal of building the capacity of local peacemakers worldwide, as part of its broader mission to help prevent violent conflict and promote peacebuilding.  
July 8, 2011
News reports are full of reports of violence in South Kordofan, but peace still exists in many places. Despite escalating violence, communities historically involved in the conflict are rejecting violence.
June 20, 2011
In May 2010, the Alliance for Peacebuilding in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace launched the Peacebuilding Evaluation Project. The goal of the project was to foster collaboration among funders, implementers, and policymakers to improve evaluation practice in the peacebuilding field. This report is inspired by the deep and far-ranging conversations that took place at the meetings.

External Publications

  • “Guiding Principles for Donors to Foster Better Peacebuilding Evaluation,” co-authored with Melanie Kawano-Chiu. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 8 (2013).
  • “Proof of Concept” – Learning from Nine Examples of Peacebuilding Evaluation: A Report on the 2011 Peacebuilding Evaluation Evidence Summit,” co-authored with Melanie Kawano-Chiu. Alliance for Peacebuilding, 2011.
  • “The Impact of Fragile Environments on NGO Networks in West Africa,” co-authored with J. Joseph Hewitt. Report prepared for USAID. July 31, 2007.
  • “Track II Interventions and the Kurdish Question in Turkey: An Analysis Using a Theories of Change Approach.” Co-authored with Ayse Betul Celik. International Journal of Peace Studies 12 (2007).