Government representatives, experts, and practitioners had a chance to exchange lessons learned and insights on monitoring and evaluating counterterrorism measures, in particular, programs to prevent terrorism and violent extremism, during this colloquium organized by CGCC. Participants included a broad range of experts and practitioners from approximately 15 governments, as well as representatives from academia, aid organizations, the private sector, and multilateral organizations such as the United Nations.
Many states have undertaken efforts to develop programs on terrorism prevention and elaborate strategies on countering violent extremism. Governments want to know whether these prevention strategies—a relatively new addition to the counterterrorism toolkit—are effective. At the same time, governments are facing budgetary pressures and are keen to deploy limited resources in an optimal fashion. States and program administrators therefore confront the need to evaluate them and consider the development of indicators against which effectiveness of ongoing programs might be assessed. Participants in the colloquium acknowledged the timeliness of this discussion and were eager to see it continue and allow for greater cooperation and collaboration among governments and relevant experts.