Data for Peace: Building a Career at the Nexus of Policy and Research


PCDN helps changemakers and changemaking institutions around the world advance careers & ecosystems of impact.  We launched our PCDN Career Impact Series to help you gain the tools, insights and inspiration to advance your career. We leverage PCDN’s leadership team’s four decades of diverse expertise and frequently invite leading innovators, troublemakers and builders to share their career paths and tips. We do this every week for free.

Join us every week on Zoom for a highly interactive session and come with any questions, your challenges, or favorite tips regarding careers.

This Career Chat is supported by the Brandeis University Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, which offers a practical, skills-based curriculum that prepares students to become responsible, peacebuilding practitioners in conflict areas around the world (scholarships are available). Learn more

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is also a sponsor of the PCDN Career Chats. Are you an existing or emerging peace leader looking to take your career to the next level? You might be eligible to receive full funding to pursue a MA or professional certificate in peace & conflict studies. Learn more about Rotary Peace Fellowships at www.rotary.org/peace-fellowships.

When: We will be online at Noon Eastern Standard time every Thursday for the foreseeable future as long as there is interest from our community.

Our Session on February 25, at noon EST features Dr. Peter Dixon (full bio below) sharing key tips on Data for Peace: Building a Career at the Nexus of Policy and Research. Peter Dixon has over a decade of experience working and consulting for a number of the world’s leading institutions at the forefront of human rights, transitional justice and peacebuilding, including Human Rights Watch, Harvard University, the International Criminal Court and the United Nations. He is  currently a Research Scientist in the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and a C0-Principal Investigator with the peace and research NGO, Everyday Peace Indicators. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Peter will share his experience on building a high impact career at the intersection of evaluation, data, peacebuilding and policy. In particular he will discuss trends in the field in terms of the role of data in peace and justice programming, developing indicators and how to measure the impact of peace and justice interventions. Finally he will explore his reflections about key trends in this space, how to develop the skills to advance a career, and how to creatively advance a career as a pracademic, both in the US and abroad.

As with all PCDN Career Chats, there will be substantial time for open discussion and questions on building a career of impact.

Why is PCDN doing this?  Because we are dedicated to helping changemakers at all stages access the tools, resources and information to advance careers of impact. Plus, PCDN.global was created to help as many people as possible around the globe and we’re even more committed to service this trying period.

How do I sign up? Click on the registration link on our site. Once your registration has been approved, you will receive information on how to participate.

How do I participate? Each week we will be on Zoom  Participants will receive information via email about how to login. You will either need to download Zoom on your computer, tablet/smartphone (we recommend using the app to be able to have a more engaging experience) or you can call in via phone via the numbers provided.

Is there any cost to participating? No, to help as many people as possible it is free.

Can I participate when I want? Yes, all you need to do is register. Then you can join in whenever you have time. These are designed to be dropped in chats.

How can I ensure my questions are addressed? While we will make an effort to address as many questions as possible, we cannot guarantee we will be able to get to everyone. Questions can be posted at anytime in the Social Change Career Helping Line or free to drop us an email at info(at)pcdn.global

Where else can I go for help? PCDN offers a number of ways we help our community for free including

  • We highly recommend joining our free Social Change Career Helping Line. This is the world’s first free, peer and expert sourced space for building careers of impact. Members (to date we have 3900 members from over 140 countries) can get support and share their own insights 24/7.
  • We also produce the Social Change Career Podcast featuring some of the world’s leading changemakers & innovators who share their journeys to building a career of impact. We cover diverse sectors from peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, tech and social change, impact investing, humanitarian relief, startups and more. Each episode includes in-depth actionable advice for changemakers.
  • Subscribe to our newsletters and get the world’s best curated content (including jobs, fellowships, funding, events, news & inspiration) connected to the SDGs and all things impact) in your inbox.
  • Read our Career Series. We have hundreds of posts on building a Career of Impact that you can access for free (and we continue to add more content).
  • Check out our Opportunity Board Find jobs, fellowships, internships, funding, trainings, events and more in nearly every corner of the world.


What happens if I need more support in my career journey? We do offer very affordable career coaching that includes customized one-on-one coaching to help you get from passion to hired. We are uniquely qualified as we have over four decades of combined experience in the social sector, have conducted groundbreaking published research on building careers of impact, have built NGOs, social enterprises, worked & consulted at leading academic institutions, NGOs and conducted programming, evaluation and impact work in multiple sectors.  We’ve also hired many people, mentored hundreds of people around the globe, and also had successes and of course some real failures (quitting jobs, working for organizations that run out of funding and more).  If you have questions get in touch or setup a free 15 minute exploratory chat.

Will sessions be recorded/viewable later?

We are recording many of the sessions to be viewable later (we will let people know prior to each session if it will be recorded).  If you have a sensitive question that you would like us to raise in the session anonymously drop us an email with your request at info(at)pcdn.global.

What are you doing to help ensure the security/privacy of participants?

To help ensure security we are having people register and provide some basic info prior to the session.  Only those who have registered can participate. If you have a sensitive question that you would like us to raise in the session anonymously drop us an email with your request at [email protected]



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Dr. Peter Dixon
Peter Dixon is a Research Scientist in the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and Co-Principal Investigator on the NSF, USIP and Humanity United-funded Everyday Justice Project at Everyday Peace Indicators. He has been working with Everyday Peace Indicators since 2018, training teams and supporting local indicator collection and analysis in Colombia, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Soon, this will include work on everyday indicators of public safety in the U.S. in the context of police reform. He has expertise in the politics of measurement, particularly in the context of transitional justice, and has published widely on the local experience of reparations and other transitional justice mechanisms, employing both large-scale population surveys and in-depth qualitative research with victim and survivor populations. In addition to his academic research, Dixon has worked with international organizations including the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. https://peterdixon.org

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