| SSR Impact Assessment Model Matrix |

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The S4RSA Team created a Multi-Attribute Analysis Matrix in order to address the following section of the Terms of Reference:

  • What are the likely long term (3-5 years) impacts of civil oversight, administration of justice, and law enforcement reform policies currently in place in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan?
  • We will develop a model to assess security sector reform (SSR) efforts.

Using Multi-Attribute Matrix Analysis, the S4RSA Team created a model to assess the impact of the law enforcement, administration of justice and civil oversight reform efforts on the security sectors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, Sierra Leone and Southern Sudan. The S4RSA Team then performed a comparative case study of the four countries and assessment models. The team identified a total of 69 SSR efforts in the law enforcement, administration of justice and civil oversight sectors of the DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Southern Sudan in the next three to five years. The team identified and consolidated the critical objectives of each of these efforts into 33 evaluation criteria for the impact assessment. This matrix represents a comprehensive assessment of all 69 security reform efforts evaluated against all 33 critical objectives for all four countries. The impact assessments for each country are available in the GoogleDoc spreadsheet below.




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Security Sector Reform Impact Assessment Model Matrix







SSR Efforts Impact Scale


The S4RSA Team used the following 5 point scale to assess individual SSR reform efforts in terms of the impact they are likely to have on SSR in the countries where they are implemented in three to five years. Assessments were based on the likelihood of each SSR effort meeting each objective listed in the evaluation criteria, as well as the likely degree of impact each SSR effort will have on SSR in the country where it is implemented. These assessments were based on open source research and analysis of the SSR efforts documented in the Final Reports. The Team selected a 5 point scale to allow for an adequate range of positive, negative and negligible impacts while it is not so broad that analysts are unable to draw a confident estimate from his or her research and analysis.

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  • A score of '2' indicates the SSR effort is likely to have a significantly positive impact on reform efforts in three to five years.


  • A score of '1' indicates the SSR policy is likely to have a moderately positive impact on reform efforts in three to five years.


  • A score of '0' indicates the SSR policy is likely to have a negligible impact on reform efforts in three to five years, or the impact is not likely to be significant enough to assess.


  • A score of '-1' indicates the SSR policy is likely to have a moderately negative impact on reform efforts in three to five years.


  • A score of '-2' indicates the SSR policy is likely to have a significantly negative impact on reform efforts in three to five years.





SSR Impact Matrix Image


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Visual representation of the Security Sector Reform Impact Assessment Model Matrix. Reform efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo are shown in green, efforts in Liberia are shown in tan, efforts in Sierra Leone are shown in orange, and efforts in Southern Sudan are shown in purple.


Security Sector Reform Impact Assessment Model Matrixis also available here in an Excel spreadsheet.