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Meta-Evaluation of Plan International evaluation reports2/20184/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniPlan International Deutschland e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling, M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

Plan International is working for many years now in Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift children out of poverty. The German National Office of Plan International was founded in 1989, and has been contributing to funding development projects and programs as well as funding and commissioning external evaluations. Plan International Germany decided to implement a meta-evaluation of evaluation reports conducted between 2013 and 2017 covering all geographical working areas.

The primary objectives of the meta-evaluation are to assess the strengths and weaknesses by analyzing the quality of the evaluation reports, to identify the success and risk factors that may affect their quality and to give recommendations. A particular focus will be laid upon the influence of the type of evaluation (i.e. by whom it is coordinated and implemented) and the available resources and timeframe.

The meta-evaluation is based on the analysis of the evaluation reports. The document analysis will be structured in two phases. While in the first phase (‘pre-rating’) the completeness of the evaluation reports will be assessed, in a second phase (‘in-depth analysis’), a more comprehensive set of quality assessment criteria will be applied on a sample of reports, to allow for a more detailed assessment of the validity of their findings and usefulness to their addressees. Comprehensive analysis tools will be used to analyze the completeness of the reports as well as the validity of findings and the usefulness of evaluation reports.
Implementation of an M&E system1/201812/2018Dr. Vera HennefeldJoachim Herz Stiftung (JHS)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

Since the year 2008, the Joachim Herz Stiftung (English: Joachim Herz Foundation) has been funding projects in the areas of education, science, and research. Their projects usually target young people and belong to the fields of Sciences, Economics, or Personality Development.

In a previous project, CEval GmbH developed an impact oriented monitoring and evaluation system (M&E system) for the Joachim Herz Stiftung. This project consisted of two components: development of an M&E system, development of a set of default items ready to use for surveys. The set of default items is usable in project-specific examinations as well as examinations on higher levels (i.e., user/customer surveys).

In the current project, Joachim Herz Stiftung has asked the CEval GmbH to assist the foundation with the implementation of the previously developed M&E system (i.e., conducting workshops, trainings). In a first step (pilot phase), the M&E system will be implemented for eight projects across all of the foundationÂ’s fields of funding (i.e., Sciences, Economics, or Personality Development). In a second step, CEval GmbH will support the foundation in data collection, data analysis, and using results for their controlling.
Meta-Evaluation of 34 evaluation reports of World Vision Deutschland 12/20173/2018M.A. Tatjana MauthoferWorld Vision Deutschland e.V. (WVD)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer, Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Description

For the third time, World Vision Germany (WVG) commissioned CEval to conduct a meta-evaluation of evaluation reports of its supported development programmes. In total, 34 evaluation reports of the financial years of 2016 and 2017 have been included, aiming at analyzing their quality and validity.

The evaluation is based on an analysis matrix, jointly created by CEval and WVG, which is structured along the main criteria of voice and inclusion, transparency, methodology, triangulation, contribution, satisfaction of information needs, conceptualization of findings and the newly added criterion of sustainability. Firstly, criteria are assessed systematically along pre-defined sub-questions and corresponding scales. Secondly, results are then aggregated and visualized. Lastly, the results are compared with previous meta-evaluations and trends were discussed.
Meta-evaluation and synthesis of Christoffel Blindenmission GermanyÂ’s evaluation reports12/20172/2018M.Sc. Elisabeth SchneiderChristoffe-Blindenmission (CBM)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

On behalf of the Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM), CEval conducted a meta-evaluation of 24 evaluation reports from 2016 and 2017. With its mandate to “transform the lives of disabled people in the world’s poorest countries” the project focus of CBM is an exhaustive collaboration with as well as the promotion of local partners in developing countries and conflict areas.

The primary purpose of the meta-evaluation was to summarize findings of the independent evaluation reports and to draw up general learnings along CBMÂ’s mandate areas. It examined the actual contribution of joint projects to changes for CBM partners and clients as well as the usage and usefulness of the evaluation reports for CBM staff members in seven world regions.

Focus of the evaluation was an exhaustive analysis of the submitted evaluation reports. In a first step, to ensure homogeneity of data, the quality of reports was assessed systematically. Reports that fulfil minimum quality standards were then subjected to an in-depth analysis based on the evaluation questions of CBM. Additional quantitative and qualitative data regarding the usage and usefulness of evaluation reports were collected by means of an online survey addressing all end users of CBMÂ’s evaluation reports.
Begleitende Evaluation eines Slum Rehabilitationsprojekts in Brasilien11/201711/2020M.A. Tatjana MauthoferKnorr-Bremse Global Care e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

Jointly with a local partner, Knorr-Bremse Global Care e.V. (KBGC) supports a training and rehabilitation project in a community in GrajaĂş, a slum district in Sao Paolo, Brasil. The project aims at improving the living conditions of the community by qualifying young people for self-sustained income-generation and rehabilitating the area by building wooden houses. Main activities include training of youth in civil construction and set up of sustainable housing by residents of the slum and the trained youth.

KBGC has commissioned CEval to establish a Monitoring & Evaluation framework to gather feedback on the training activities and trace quality of life outcomes over time to assess whether the programÂ’s objectives are being achieved. In order to identify the outcomes of the training on the qualification of the participants and their application of knowledge gained, a time-series design is applied, implying several phases of data collection with the help of standardized survey questionnaires. Outcomes of students will be traced every six months over a period of three years, with baseline, monitoring and end line reports being drafted after each data collection to support organizational learning and improvement on project design.
Data collection for the certificate “Fan project in accordance with the National Plan for Safety in Sports” (German: „Fanprojekt nach dem Nationalen Konzept Sport und Sicherheit“)10/201712/2019Dr. Vera HennefeldKoordinationsstelle Fanprojekte bei der Deutschen Sportjugend (KOS)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Clemens Fell, M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

In Germany, there is a dense network of social work institutions in the field of adolescent soccer fans (“fan projects”) that work in accordance with the National Plan for Safety in Sports (German: Nationales Konzept Sport und Sicherheit). A certification of those fan projects has been launched in 2010. Offering fan projects an instrument of quality control, the certification is intended to pursue multiple goals: (a) establishing a common standard for fan projects, (b) increasing confidence in the work of fan projects, and (c) improving the working context of fan projects. The certificate has been awarded by the Quality Management Group of the Centre for Fan Project Coordination of the German Sports Youth (German: Koordinationsstelle Fanprojekte bei der Deutschen Sportjugend). Members of the Quality Management Group belong to several stakeholder groups: soccer, federal authorities (for family affairs), science, and fan projects themselves.

During a first subproject (5/2015-6/2016), the CEval GmbH (a) revised the certification process, (b) tested the revised certification process on five fan projects, and (c) developed a standardized, feasible concept for collecting information necessary for certification. Thereby the certificate attests fan projectsÂ’ high quality of work. For more information, click here (German only).

Within the ongoing second subproject, CEval GmbH supports the nationwide roll-out of the revised certification by collecting all necessary information on all the remaining German soccer fan projects.
Evaluation of the demographic monitoring tool demowanda: Demand-oriented coaching on self-evaluation9/201712/2018Dr. Vera HennefeldBundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Clemens Fell

Description

"The BAuA explores the conditions and developments in gainful employment with a view to providing workers with the best possible protection and Support both today and in the future." (s. BAuA-Website). Leading the project Demografischer Wandel in der Arbeitswelt (demowanda) is one of BAuAÂ’s Tasks. demowanda is a demographic monitoring tool, which has been ordered by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

BAuA is going to self-evaluate demowanda - their collaboration project with BiB, BIBB, DZA, IAB and RKI. The object of BAuA's self-evaluation will be product and process of the project demowanda. The project partners are going to evaluate (a) the online platform and demographic monitoring tool demowanda and (b) the project process from commissioning to realization.

In order to successfully realize the self-evaluation, BAuA has asked the CEval GmbH to accompany their project and to provide them with demand-oriented coaching/training. Employees of BAuA, who are involved in the self-evaluation of demowanda, will be enabled to close potential gaps in and to extend their knowledge on self-evaluation. Moreover, coaching/training will help to ensure the conceptual as well as methodological quality of the self-evaluation project.

The demand-oriented coaching includes (a) phone and on-site consulting, (b) in house trainings/workshops, and (c) Support of creating evaluation materials/documents.
Meta-evaluation of project and programme evaluations 2015-20179/20172/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniFinnisches Außenministerium

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling, Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth, M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland commissioned CEval together with Particip and Indufor to conduct a meta-evaluation of their evaluations of development cooperation programmes and projects. The Finnish Ministry is regularly conducting meta-evaluations and subject to this meta-evaluation are the evaluations from 2015-2017.

The meta-evaluation has been initiated to improve evaluation reports, evaluation management practices and evaluation capacity development and furthermore to identify possible gaps in the Finnish evaluation practice. Furthermore, also the content of the evaluation reports is in the focus e.g. the success in achieving the DAC-Criteria and further Finnish Cross Cutting Topics like gender equality or climate sustainibility will be evaluated.

A document analysis of the evaluations reports will be at the heart of the meta-evaluation to assess first the quality and afterwards the content of the evaluation reports. Different assessment tools will be developed to provide a feasible and reliable assessment process. In the quality check the evaluation reports will be reviewed for the existence of information essential to understand the evaluation object, process and results. Additionally, methodological requirements will be assessed e.g. data and method triangulation or the logical flow from data over findings and conclusions to recommendations. Another tool will be used for the content analysis in which the achievements with respect to the different evaluation criteria as well as conclusions and recommendations will be analysed in detail in a semi-structured way.
Evaluation of the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change7/20176/2020Dr. Stefan SilvestriniUmweltbundesamt (UBA)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus, Selina Röhrig, M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Partner: adelphi

Description

The German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS) and the corresponding Adaptation Action Plan are the main pillars of GermanyÂ’s climate policy. The Federal Government aims to reduce the vulnerability of the economy, the environment and society to the effects of climate change in the long term. To this end, a number of concrete measures have recently been implemented at various levels. In order to successfully adapt to climate change and to continue to develop the national climate change strategy, it is important to critically reflect on the current process as well as to acknowledge achievements and possible shortcomings.

The overarching goal of the evaluation commissioned by the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) is to determine whether the national adaptation strategy represents a successful approach for increasing the adaptive capacity and reducing the vulnerability of natural, social and economic systems to the effects of climate change. The evaluation includes three central parts: (1) the process of developing and implementing the strategy on the nationl level (2) the implementation status of the adaptation measures at the federal level and (3), an impact assessment of the strategy's effects on the vulnerability and adaptative capacities of natural, social and economic systems.

The Center for Evaluation (CEval) implements the evaluation together with adelphi. To do so, a methodology will be used which was developed in a previous project and which has already been adopted politically. With the use of central evaluation questions as well as a policy impact model, data will be initially collected using a variety of methods (interviews, document analysis etc.). Using defined evaluation criteria, a comprehensive data analysis and evaluation will be carried out. The results and hypotheses will be reflected in a Delphi method and then condensed.
Hochschulkooperation mit der Universität von Costa Rica (UCR) und der Päpstlichen Katholischen Universität von Ecuador (PUCE) gefördert durch das DAAD-Programm "Fachbezogene Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen in Entwicklungsländern"7/201712/2020M.Sc. Elisabeth SchneiderDeutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Description

Die Universität des Saarlandes (UdS) und die Universität von Costa Rica (UCR) pflegen seit 2008 eine intensive Zusammenarbeit, welche zwischen 2012 und 2015 durch das DAAD Programm "Fachbezogene Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen und Entwicklungsländern" unterstütz wurde. Durch das DAAD-Beraterprogramm war bereits die vorangegangene Zusammenarbeit der beiden Hochschulen finanziell unterstützt worden. Vor dem Hintergrund eines stetig steigenden Bedarfs an Evaluationen und Evaluationskompetenzen sind beide Partner bestrebt die Zusammenarbeit im Rahmen des DAAD-Programms weiterzuführen und durch die Einbindung einer weiteren Partnerschule nachhaltig auszuweiten. Hierfür konnte die Päpstliche Katholische Universität von Ecuador (PUCE) gewonnen werden.

Kernstücke dieser dritten Phase der Kooperation sollen die Einführung eines neuen Blended Learning Masterstudiengangs in Evaluation an der PUCE bzw. eines Blended Learning Weiterbildungsangebotes am Centrum für Forschung und Weiterbildung in Öffentlicher Verwaltung (CICAP) der UCR sowie die Qualitätssicherung der Aus- und Weiterbildung in Evaluation in Costa Rica, Ecuador und Lateinamerika sein (Verbesserung der Aus- und Weiterbildung sowie der Forschung in Evaluation). Zudem stehen der Aufbeau eines lateinamerikanischen Hochschulnetzwerkes im Fachbereich Evaluation (Netzwerkbildung und Internationalisierung), die Stärkung des Praxisbezugs der akademischen Evaluationsausbildung sowie der Beitrag zu evidenzbasiertet Politikgestaltung (Anwendung wissenschaftlicher Evaluationsforschung in der politischen Praxis) und schließlich die Vertiefung und institutionelle Erweiterung der Zusammenareit zwischen den beteiligten Universitäten sowie dem Forschungsinstitut CICAP (Dreiecks- und Süd-Süd-Kooperation) auf dem Programm der auf vier Jahre angelegten Partnerschaft.
Process Evaluation of the career support program 'Securing Talents - Shaping the Future' (2017-2018)6/201712/2018Dr. Vera HennefeldCusanuswerk - Bischöfliche Studienförderung

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Description

The program 'Securing talents - shaping the future' by the Cusanuswerk aims to support future female leaders. The program focuses on mentoring elements that is tutorial support for scholarship holders by professionally experienced academics. It also focuses on occupationally specific training and support measures as well as on building a peer-network. The CEval has been conducting accompanying external evaluations to ensure quality management since the start of the career support program in 2007. An accompanying evaluation will also take place during the fifth program run 2017/18. The main task of this evaluation is to provide the responsible employees with management-related information. In this context, questions regarding satisfaction with the offered events, quality of tutorial relationships as well as questions regarding professional and personal use of the relationships for both sides are especially relevant. In regards to methods, the evaluation covers standardized questionnaires of mentees and mentors compared at three points in time.
Impact Study: Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reducation through Rural Development, Follow-up study 20174/20172/2018Dr. Susanne Johanna VäthTransFair Germany (TFG)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.Sc. Elisabeth Schneider, Friederike von Cölln, M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

TransFair e.V. aims at strengthening the objectives of Fairtrade and enabling Producers in the Global South to make a living of the products they produce. Among other things, this should be achieved by establishing long-term and as direct as possible Relations between producer organizations in the Global South and markets in the Global North and by complying with Standards such as the legal Minimum wage, wearing protective clothing, paid vacation and social insurance for workers working on plantations.

In order to assess the impact of Fairtrade on the socioeconomic Environment of Producers, TransFair e.V. and the Swiss Max Havelaar Foundation had commissioned CEval in 2011 to carry out the impact Evaluation "Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reducation through Rural Development." The study was the first of its kind to analyze the potential contribution of Fairtrade to improve the living conditions in rural Areas. The study design covered the countries Ghana, India, Kenya and Peru and the product categories banana,cotton, flower, coffee, cocoa and tea. Findings suggest that the presence of Fairtrade certified cooperatives or plantations involve more memberss of the local communities into rural development activities and contribute to an improvement of social, economic, and environmental conditions in rural areas.

In its 25th anniversary year, TransFair e.V. wants to follow up on the previous findings and commissioned CEval to carry out a further study on the impact of Fairtrade in local communities based on the empirical findings of the original study. By collecting a wide range of quantitative and qualitative data in 2011, a comprehensive data base was created which allows for an assessment of the development Progress within the target group. On the Basis of a comparison of expert interviews, focus group discussions, participatory observations and quantitative surveys, it will be possible to reconstruct an evaluate development paths with a view to social, economic and ecological development.
Formative Evaluation of the Out-of-School-Children Initiative (OOSCI)3/20172/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniUnited Nations International ChildrenÂ’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling, Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Description

In the focus of this evaluation is the Out-of-School-Children Initiative (OOSCI) by UNICEF and UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). The initiative was launched in 2010 to achieve a reduction in the number of children out of school in participating countries. Means to achieve this goal were to create comprehensive profiles of out-of-School children in each Country, identify the barries that push children out of school and to propose changes in the policies and strategies of the partner country to address these barriers.

The evaluation aims at testing the validity of the theory of change and its assumptions. It will be used to strengthen the program logic and to provide a formative assessment of the progress towards the overall goal of achieving a reduction in out-of-school children. The evaluation should also provide an in-depth insight into benefits for the different stakeholders and their involvement in the initiative. Furthermore, the findings of the evaluation will be used to meet the accountability requirements by the donors of OOSCI.

Main source of information of this evaluation will be documents like OOSCI country studies, OOSCI regional studies, government plans and documents from other donors (e.g. the World Bank, UNESCO, foreign donors etc.). In a document review we will assess progress made through OOSCI for a sample of 42 countries and assess the contents within the document using a 4-step coding. These codings will be used for a descriptive analysis and additionally for a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). QCA enables us to analyze thoroughly which set of conditions leads to which outcome. Further instrument of data collection will be an online survey to all country offices. Additional qualitative data will be collected in the US and during eight country visits. The evaluation is conducted together with Proman and further Consultants. CEval takes over the lead with regard to the evaluation methodology.
Results oriented monitoring of the technical cooperation measure and evaluation of the measure's contribution towards a better alignment of development cooperation and foreign trade facilitation on a systemic level3/20172/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Staff: M.Sc. Elisabeth Schneider

Partner: iSPO Institut - Institut für Sozialforschung, Praxisberatung und Organisationsentwicklung GmbH

Description

Climate Change and the uninterrupted decline of fossil fuels affect different regions of the world in different ways. Many nations have thus formulated ambitious goals: Mexico for instance is determined to cover one third of its energy production by means of renewable energies by 2024. Despite such ambitions however environmental conservation has not been marked by major success to this date. This is partly due to a lack of dispersion of modern environmental technology. Against this background the GIZ Project “Cooperation Platform Latin America North II (COPLAN II)” scrutinizes central deficits that hinder international investment and cooperation such as a lack of professional expertise regarding modern environmental technology in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Within the scope of the present assignment CEval together with iSPO Institute support COPLAN II in its monitoring and evaluation efforts. Starting point for any results oriented monitoring is typically an impact model with respective indicators and assumptions. Changes within the mechanisms of cooperation are however rarely or marginally observed under the monitoring component. The developments of these cooperation systems as well as the feasibility of the projectÂ’s instruments are hence at the center of the evaluation component.

All in all, next to monitoring tasks and the compilation of results of individual measures the assignment at hand intends to also generate insights into COPLAN IIÂ’s contribution towards a better alignment of development cooperation and foreign trade facilitation as well as public-private sector cooperation on a systemic level.
External Evaluation of the empowering people. Network2/20172/2018Dr. Susanne Johanna VäthSiemens Stiftung

Project Manager: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Staff: Friederike von Cölln

Description

On behalf of the Siemens Stiftung the CEval implements an external evaluation of the empowering people. Network. Founded in 2013, the network brings together inventors and social enterprises to develop solutions to address basic supply problems in fields such as health, food or education in developing countries. The empowering people. Award aims to identify simple and appropriate technological innovations with business potential and make them visible and accessible to everyone. As members of the empowering people. Network, currently 80 organizations that are implementing best-practice approaches receive long-term support in terms of organizational development, professionalization, and networking with partners.

In 2017, the empowering people. Network will be evaluated for the first time since its foundation. The evaluation covers the entire lifetime of the network and its purpose is to account for progress and goals achieved so far and to gain lessons for strategic development. It will therfore examine what impacts could be achieved by the respective modules and how these are to be assessed with regard to the overarching objectives. Leading questions of the evaluation are guided by the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria. It is characterized by a participative multi-methods approach and draws on contribution analysis that combines document/secondary analyses with qualitative (partly standardized interviews, focus group discussions, case studies) as well as quantitative methods (partly standardized surveys). Lessons learnt and recommendations for the future development of the network will be developed on the basis of the findings.

Framework contract for developing and implementing effect-oriented monitoring systems for DAAD programs6/20165/2019Dr. Vera HennefeldDeutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: Dr. Clemens Fell, M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

The aim of this project is to empower the DAAD to be able to cope with the increasing challenges in terms of results-based monitoring and control systems. Orienting itself more strongly to actual developmental results and ensuring a stronger focus on its partnersÂ’ needs (managing for results), the DAAD, as mediating party, is depending on evidence based planning, controlling, and reporting of project performing parties (i.e., universities). The monitoring systems to be implemented in this project are considered to increase the quality of information on program activities - in the context of project performing partiesÂ’ accounting as well within interactions between project parties in general (i.e., funding organization, DAAD, and university). Thereby, future monitoring systems promote collaborative learning and strategic development of DAADÂ’s funding programs.

In this project, CEval is mainly working in the following areas: developing of specific results models and indicator catalogues for existing as well as for future funding programs; adapting existing monitoring processes, procedures, and instruments for project planning, project controlling, and project reporting within DAADÂ’s funding programs; development of program-specific monitoring concepts and their realization. Moreover, CEval will provide employees of DAAD and of universities with training on results-based planning and monitoring (capacity building).
Accompanying and consulting of the impact assessment/baseline update of HEKS Bangladesh country program5/20164/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniHilfswerk der Evangelischen Kirchen Schweiz (HEKS)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Description

The HEKS/EPER Bangladesh country programme 2013-2016 aims to promote social inclusion of marginalized and disenfranchised minority groups in North-West Bangladesh. The various projects comprised, specifically target the urban and rural Dalit and plain land Adibashi communities who face complex forms of discrimination. The exclusion process is often a driving factor of conflict between the minority communities and the mainstream society. Applying a Human Rights Based Approach and a Value Chain Approach HEKS/EPER wants to foster social inclusion.

After not assessing the impact properly in the past program phase, HEKS now strives to obtain valid baseline data for the following program phase and at the same time to use this data to evaluate the prior program phase. CEval will provide methodological support during the whole process.

The impact assessment of the program will combine a quantitative survey with a contribution analysis. CEval supports HEKS mainly with the quantitative part. It provides the quantitative sampling strategy, gives methodological advice on how to best use before collected data, supervises the development of the data collection tools, and will take over parts of the quantitative data analysis (i.e. match the comparison group).
Impact Evaluation of WIENCO Ghana Ltd. Out-grower Schemes 10/201512/2020Dr. Stefan SilvestriniCommon fund for Commodities

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth, Dr. Cornelia Römling, Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina May

Partner: German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Description

The overall objective of the impact evaluation is to measure and evaluate the investment of the Agricultural Trade and Investment Fund (AATIF) in two of WIENCO¡¦s out-grower schemes in Ghana. In particular, two out-grower arrangements, the Cocoa Abrabopa Association for cocoa farmers and the Masara N¡¦Arziki for maize farmers, are under investigation. The main interest lies in identifying the causal link between participating in WIENCO¡¦s out-grower arrangements and the following outcomes and their development over time:

  • Productivity Levels
  • Employment opportunities
  • Farm and overall household income
  • Living and working conditions
  • Risk exposure regarding total household income; and
  • Farm-households¡¦ risk coping strategies and mechanisms.

    This shall provide AATIF with evidence on the effectiveness of funding out-grower schemes. In addition a simplified tool allowing WIENCO to collect data on the key outcomes shall be designed.

    The 5-year evaluation will be conducted by a consortium of the Center for Evaluation (CEval) and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), together with Ghanaian partners. A mixed-method approach will be embedded in a profound contextual analysis. The evaluation will combine a quantitative analysis of household and village surveys with qualitative insight into WIENCO's impacts derived from focus group discussions (FGDs) and expert interviews. The reports will provide the counterpart with robust evaluation results while also presenting practical recommendations to improve WIENCO's activities.

Begleitende Evaluation des Projektes “Media in Libya – Stability through Structure”9/20146/2018Dr. Vera HennefeldDeutsche Welle-Akademie

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Christine Nolte

Description

The project „Media in Libya – Stability through Structure“ has the superordinate goal to support establishing a modern media legislation in Libya and strengthen the media institutions of their country. Furthermore the project should contribute to a reinforcement of an independent and professional journalism in the provinces of Libya. The project has a total duration of 30 months and will be sponsored by the European Commission within the SPRING PROGRAMM. The project will be controlled and implemented by the Deutsche Welle (DW) Academy (department media development, team Africa) in cooperation with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). The measures taken by the project are divided into four activity clusters of which the DW Academy is working on three and the IWPR on one of them. CEval evaluates the clusters 1 to 3, cluster 4 is evaluated by Global Partners & Associates.

The evaluation of the project is divided in a base-, intermediate- and a final evaluation at the end of the implementation phase.

CEval follows a “mixed-methods” approach for data mining. Thereby a deepening analysis of already existing documents and own surveys (standardized online surveys of the participants of the training and qualitatively guided interviews with external experts and officials of the Deutsche Welle Academy) is carried out.