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Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church

Professor of Practice in Human Security

Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church

Professor of Practice in Human Security
The Fletcher School of Tufts University
160 Packard Ave.
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  • M.Sc., International Relations, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
  • Bcom (hons), Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, professor of practice in human security, is the founder of Besa; a boutique firm specialized in evaluation, performance measurement systems, learning processes, program design, strategic planning and assessments for social change organizations. Besa takes its name from the Kosovar Albanian tradition, where ‘besa’ means a commitment or pledge; it represents our commitment to the highest quality work in order to contribute to catalyzing strategic change. Clients include the U.N. Peacebuilding Fund, the U.S. State Department, CARE, and the Canadian Government. Cheyanne also teaches classes on evaluation and corruption at Fletcher. She has held positions with the SFCG, CDA, and INCORE. She is a published author, wife to Dirk, and mom to Aubrey and Wren.

Visit the Corruption in Fragile States blog. 

Areas of expertise
Economic Development
Humanitarian Affairs
International Law & Organizations
International Politics
Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
Political Development
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


"Facilitation in the Criminal Justice System: A Systems Analysis of Corruption in the Police and Courts in Northern Uganda," with Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church. Occasional Paper, Institute for Human Security, Fletcher School (2016).

"Taking the Blinders Off: Questioning How Development Assistance is Used to Combat Corruption," with Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church. Occasional Paper, Institute for Human Security, Fletcher School, Tufts University (2016).

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.