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Integration of the Programme „Service Agency Communities in One World“ (SKEW) in the M&E-System of Engagement Global9/201812/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniEngagement Global Service für Entwicklungsinitiativen gGmbH

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling

Description

Engagement Global gGmbH was established in 2012 as a central institution to promote and coordinate the development policy commitment of civil society, municipal and private sector actors as well as for development policy information and education work. SKEW – a program of Engagement Global – focuses in particular on the promotion of municipal development cooperation. In order to be able to monitor both the appropriate use of the funds and above all their effectiveness, Engagement Global has created a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system for all departments and programs. Since SKEW was excluded in the development of the monitoring system at that time, CEval and ISPO have been now commissioned to integrate SKEW into the organization-wide monitoring system.

As with the design of the company-wide M&E system, first the theory of change and indicators will be reviewed or developed. Then the objectives and indicators will be integrated into the strategical claims of Engagement Global. In order to complete the creation of a monitoring system for the SKEW, a data collection plan will be created in the next step and the associated data collection instruments will be (further) developed.
Ex-post assessment of the Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme (SFFP), Phase II (2010-2013)9/201810/2018Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Project Manager: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Staff: M.Sc. Elisabeth Schneider

Description

One of the key objectives of the Swiss Department on Trade Promotion is to support fair trading conditions with developing countries to which private labels and standards substantially contribute. Accordingly, as part of a donor consortium, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) contributed to the Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme (SFFP) in Phase I from 2008 to 2009 and Phase II from 2010 to 2013. Main purpose of the harmonized funding was to enable disadvantaged producers to establish stronger linkages to consumers, to gain improved market access and to be empowered for combating poverty.

In 2014/2015 an evaluation was already carried out which examined Phase II of the funding programme. Further research on Fairtrade conducted include, among others, a follow-up impact study at the producer-level, covering six product and context settings, implemented by the Center for Evaluation (CEval GmbH) in 2017/2018. Four years after the SFFP ended, it is now of interest for SECO to assess the level of achievement of the strategic indicators set in the Logical Framework of the SFFP as well as SECOÂ’s contribution to the same.

The objective of the ex-post assessment is hence threefold: (i) to valorise existing information on the effectiveness and impact of SECOÂ’s support to the Fairtrade system, (ii) to complement findings from previous studies with new data on relevance and sustainability of the programme and (iii) to distill key findings, recommendations and lessons learnt in view of the SECOÂ’s future engagement in Fairtrade. To this end CEval will review relevant secondary data and collect additional primary data among stakeholders at FT headquarters, three FT regional networks and FT USA.
Meta-Evaluation of ADA Project and Programme Evaluations 2016-20188/201812/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniAustrian Development Agency (ADA)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge, Teresa Böttcher

Description

Subject of the meta-evaluation are ADA evaluations of development cooperation projects and programmes implemented between 2016 and 2018. The objective is to assess the quality and usefulness of ADAÂ’s (internal and external) evaluations and to deliver recommendations on how to improve the ADA evaluation tool for the design and implementation of future evaluations.

A document analysis of the evaluation reports is at the heart of the meta-evaluation. Based on a detailed analysis protocol the quality of said reports will be assessed. The use of such a protocol, which will cover all relevant analysis dimensions, indicators and rating scales, will guarantee that the meta-evaluation results will be transparent and reliable. In order to also evaluate the usefulness for and use of the evaluations under study, their target audience (e.g. programme managers) will be interviewed via guided individual and group interviews and – in order to achieve the greatest possible representativeness of the results – a semi-standardized online survey.
Accompanying evaluation of the support programme of the AMASE MasterÂ’s programme8/201811/2018Dr. Vera HennefeldEuropean School of Materials (EUSMAT)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

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

Description

Together with a consortium of three other European universities (Luleå Technical University, Sweden, Barcelona Tech, Spain and Université de Lorraine, France) the European School of Materials (EUSMAT) at Saarland University offers the international Master’s programme AMASE (Advanced Materials Science and Engineering). Its students have the opportunity to participate in an Integration Week in Saarbrücken right at the beginning of their studies, which aims at providing an orientation with regards to the course of the AMASE programme as well as strengthening the students’ soft skills through a number of trainings. After the first year of study in the two-year AMASE programme, the students furthermore have the opportunity to take part in a Professional Summer School aiming at facilitating their career entry.

Both events are part of the AMASE support programme and shall be evaluated within the context of an accompanying evaluation. The main goal is to determine the use of those events for their respective target groups. In methodological terms two standardized surveys as well as a number of focus group discussions will be conducted with the participants of the two events.
Evaluation of hazard prevention and damage after the heavy rain events in Saarland in May/June 2018 8/201810/2018Dr. Susanne Johanna VäthMinisterium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz des Saarlandes

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus, Fabian Otto

Description

In May and June 2018, Saarland was hit by heavy rainfalls which caused high damages in a number of municipalities. The Saarland Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection (MUV) would like to review the measures of hazard prevention and disaster management in the wake of these events. For this purpose, an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of hazard prevention and disaster management with regard to prevention, deployment and after-care should be carried out. It will lay the foundation to identify potential improvements and evidence-based recommendations. In addition, the damages caused by the heavy rainfalls will be assessed.

To analyse the strengths and weaknesses of hazard prevention and disaster management, around 90 guided interviews will be conducted with representatives of the Ministry of Interior, Construction and Sport, fire-fighting coordinators, local aid organisations and mayors of the municipalities most affected. The results of the content analysis of these interviews form the basis for identifying potential for improvement and deriving concrete recommendations for action. The evaluation of damages in the area of municipal infrastructure, agriculture and private households is carried out quantitatively on the basis of the data provided by the client.
Evaluation of a Capacity Development Project on Child Protection Systems in Ethiopia and India 8/201812/2018Dr. Susanne Johanna VäthKindernothilfe e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

Worldwide across all socio-economic backgrounds, cultures and religions, children are exposed to a wide spectrum of risk factors in their daily lives. Considering the complexity and interconnectedness of underlying causes, functioning child protection systems have proven to be key to address risk factors and prevent violence, exploitation and abuse. Kindernothilfe, jointly with Karl Kübel Stiftung, Child Fund and terre des hommes, initiated the project titled “Development and implementation of institutional child safeguarding policies as well as networking with local child protection systems through at least 240 organizations in nine countries in Asia and Africa” in 2014. With the project ending in December 2018, the consortium commissioned the Center for Evaluation in August 2018 to conduct an evaluation to understand the impact of the project as well as retrieve learnings and recommendations for future interventions of similar character. A crucial part of the assignment is to retrospectively develop the Theory of Change (ToC) of the project in a participatory manner, integrating consortium members, national trainers as well as the target group and final beneficiaries in the process. The ToC will guide the evaluation while being further validated during the course of the evaluation. Field visits take place in Ethiopia and South India in October 2018. In total, six partner organizations are visited and interviews and focus group discussions are hold. Children are included in the evaluation by making use of participatory research tools, such as Picture Talk and Smiley-face scales. Each field visit ends with a one-day workshop to which all participating organizations of the respective region are invited. During the workshop preliminary findings and the ToC are shared, discussed and validated. Eventually, data from both field visits is analyzed and findings are reported to the consortium partners.
Scientific support of an impact analysis of the project “egal war gestern” (towards sustainability at vocational schools)6/20188/2019Dr. Vera HennefeldLandesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern (LBV) e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

The Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern (LBV) e.V. for the second time is implementing the project “Towards sustainability at vocational schools” in the school term 2018/19. It aims at mobilizing the youth for matters of sustainability. More precisely, the project is geared towards students at Bavarian vocational schools who find themselves in the important period of professional orientation. The goal is to direct their attention to sustainability questions and to strengthen their awareness of those issues. To achieve this goal, the students are expected to independently implement projects in their respective schools in order to contribute to a more sustainable school life.

The project is subject to an impact analysis, which is being jointly implemented by LBV and CEval GmbH within the context of an accompanying evaluation. The purpose is to determine whether the intended effects of the project are actually achieved, that is, whether the attitudes and behavior of the participating students actually change in relation to sustainability matters and whether those matters are more readily integrated into the everyday life at Bavarian vocational schools. In terms of methodology the analysis will be based on a standardized survey before and after the project with both the participating students and a comparison group of students. Furthermore, there will be guided interviews with the teachers who support the students in the implementation of their projects before and after the project.
Evaluation of CAPAQUA –Development of Educational and Research CAPacity in Eastern Africa for the Sustainable Management of AQUAatic Ecosystems 4/20187/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniUniversität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling

Description

CAPAQUA (Development of Educational and Research CAPacity in Eastern Africa for the Sustainable Management of AQUAatic Ecosystems) aims at enhancing the capacity of Eastern African Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST) institutions. CAPAQUA is jointly implemented by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Egerton University (EGU), the Addis Ababa University (AAU), the Bahir Dar University and the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research, National Fish and Other Aquatic Lives Research Center (EIAR-NFALRC). CAPACQUA overall objective is to foster sustainable management of aquatic ecosystems and their resources in order to improve livelihoods in Eastern Africa and to contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The main purpose of the evaluation is to identify successes as well as weaknesses of the project, and to provide recommendations for the project partners to improve the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of possible future CAPAQUA projects. The evaluation is also appraising the extent to which the cross-cutting issue gender mainstreaming has been applied and seeks to identify the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the expected project results and objective. In order to assess the project, the evaluation is to focus on the project period from October 2015 to September 2018.

A rich set of mainly qualitative data is collected by means of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with different stakeholders, programme participants, graduates as well as staff. Programme and project documentations will provide quantitative data and will be complemented by quantitative data collected during focus group discussions. The geographic focus of the evaluation is the Eastern African region, with emphasis on Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, with empirical data collection in these three countries during short field visits. Additionally, Austrian institutions will be visited.
Evaluation of the Project "Protecting, promoting and involving children in refugee camps (Hamburg)"4/20186/2018Dr. Susanne Johanna VäthPlan International Deutschland e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

Plan International Deutschland e. V. is committed to implement the international minimum standards for the protection of children in humanitarian crises. The project "Protecting, promoting and involving children in refugee camps" is implemented in two refugee camps in Hamburg between July 2017 and June 2018. It aims at strengthening the safety of refugee children and youth, creating a child-friendly environment and ensuring child protection in refugee camps. The overall goal of the project is to reduce the risks for children and young people to such an extent that their well-being is ensured. This is done by creating a positive environment for children and young people in which children's rights are respected.

The overall objective of the evaluation is to assess the project in a summative way. At the same time, in view of the ongoing work with children and young people in refugee contexts, this evaluation also identifies potential for improvement and gives evidence-based recommendations for action. With a strong focus on the OECD/DAC evaluation criterion of effectiveness, this evaluation will show to what extent the project was able to achieve its goals and to what extent its activities were appropriate in this regard.

From a methodological point of view, a participatory evaluation approach and a multi-method approach are applied. The combination of different data collection and evaluation methods will take into account the special requirements of the subject matter and the target group of children and young people. Therefore, the evaluation team will conduct guideline-based expert interviews and focus group discussions and will apply creative methods for qualitative data collection amongst children.

Evaluation of APPEAR projects (programme periods I and II)3/20188/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniÖsterreichischer Austauschdienst (OeAD)-GmbH

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling, M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

The Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR) is conceived, guided and financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) to implement its ‘Higher Education and Scientific Cooperation’ strategy in support of Higher Education and Research for Development on an academic institutional level. The funded projects are implemented by the Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OeAD GmbH). APPEAR’s overall objective is to strengthen the institutional capacities in higher education, research and management through Academic Partnerships with Austrian higher education institutions and through scholarships. The partnerships aim to improve the general standards in higher education, research and management by means of knowledge sharing and designing innovative projects. The achievement of these objectives should finally contribute to effective and sustainable reduction of poverty in the partner countries.

The overarching goal of the evaluation is to assess the ongoing and completed projects of the APPEAR periods I and II. Thereby, it provides insights about the projectsÂ’ adherence to the APPEAR guidelines and basic principles during their implementation, and about the extent to which they are to achieve their objectives and results. Furthermore, the projects are assessed according to the OECD/DAC criteria Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. The objective of the evaluation is to identify the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of the APPEAR projects and present conclusions, lessons learnt and recommendations for the remaining or future projects.

The evaluation makes use of a variety of methods (i. e. qualitative document analysis, contribution and qualitative attribution analysis). Primary data is to be collected during project visits to Ethiopia and Uganda, interviews and focus group discussions with project partners in Austria as well as virtual interviews with staff and key stakeholders of two projects in Nicaragua. The data collection instruments also comprise semi-standardized surveys, programme and project documentations and previous programme evaluations.
Evaluation of the project Media in Libya: Stability through reconciliation1/20188/2020Dr. Vera HennefeldDW Akademie

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

The object of this evaluation is the project Media in Libya: Stability through reconciliation (MLSR) of the DW Akademie. MLSR is a follow-up of the precursor project Media in Libya: Stability through Structure. The overall goal of MLSR is to “enable a process of public discourse and eventually reconciliation across a fragmented Libyan society – prerequisites for development of democratic reform and constitutional process in the country.” by “promoting [the] right to access to information to the people of Libya and [the] freedom of expression in Libya” (DW Akademie, 2017, p. 4). The approach of MLSR is fourfold (i.e., four activity clusters): (1) supporting Libyan institutions/authorities efforts in the field of media governance, (2) developing a Libyan Media Network, (3) training local freelance journalists from all regions of Libya with a special focus on ethnic minorities and gender, and (4) providing grants for Libyan media projects.

The evaluation of MLSR can be considered as a planned impact evaluation, which needs valid qualitative/quantitative data on the situation at the beginning of MLSR (i.e., baseline). The second stage of evaluation (i.e., interim evaluation) will start in January 2019. Comparing the results of baseline and interim evaluation, the evaluators will be able to identify and assess the preliminary effects of MLSR. Moreover, the evaluators may give first recommendations on how to improve MLSR (e.g., identification of [un]successful project strategies, alternative actions). The third stage of evaluation will start shortly after the end of MLSR (i.e., January 2021). The main goal of the final evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of MLSR (i.e., achievements in relevant targeted areas).

Taking into account LibyaÂ’s highly volatile and difficult context, we will rely on a robust mixed-method approach: secondary document/data analyses, content analyses of short written guided and in-depth oral guided interviews, and statistical analysis of quantitative of survey data.
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.
Development and Implementation of a M&E System for the 'EinTanzHaus'12/20178/2020Dr. Vera HennefeldKulturamt der Stadt Mannheim

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Description

The 'EinTanzHaus' is expected to be a center for contemporary dance in a cultural monument of particular importance in the City of Mannheim. The founder of the La Trottier Dance Collective, Eric Trottier, and the designer and artist Daria Holme have jointly created the preconditions to develop a dance center in Southern Germany with the exemplary conversion of a protected historic church building, which can open up new perspectives for the dance scene in Germany due to its infrastructure, its stage size, its central location and the artistic experience.

The task of CEval GmbH is to develop and implement a M&E concept that serves for the management of the project and the regular review of goal attainment and impact assessment. Therefore, a target system and value-added indicators for the 'EinTanzHaus' as well as a data collection plan are developed together with the participants in a first step. Further, CEval GmbH is involved in all steps of the data collection, evaluation and interpretation and thus supports the parties involved in the strategic management of the project.
Meta-evaluation and synthesis of Christoffel Blindenmission evaluation reports12/20172/2018M.Sc. Elisabeth SchneiderChristoffel-Blindenmission (CBM)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

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

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, Dr. Cornelia Römling

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: 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

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.
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.
University cooperation with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador (PUCE) supported through the DAAD funding programme „Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries 7/201712/2020M.Sc. Lena TaubeDeutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Description

The Saarland University (UdS) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have been maintaining an intensive cooperation since 2008, which was financially supported by the DAAD programme “Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries” between 2012 and 2015. Through the DAAD University Advisory Program, the preceding collaboration had already received financial support. Particularly in the light of an ever-rising need for evaluations and competencies in the field of evaluation, both partners are zealous to continue the collaboration within the framework of the DAAD funding programme and to expand it sustainably by the integration of a second partnering institute of higher education. The Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador (PUCE) could be won for this objective.

Crucial elements of this third phase of cooperation are supposed to be the implementation of a new blended learning MasterÂ’s study program in evaluation at the PUCE, and the implementation of a further educational opportunity in the blended learning format, respectively, at the Center for Research and Training in Public Administration (CICAP) at the UCR, and quality assurance of the formation and further education in evaluation in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Latin America (amelioration of formation and further education as well as research in evaluation). Moreover, the establishment of a Latin American university network in the discipline of evaluation (network formation and internationalization), the strengthening of practical orientation within the academic formation in evaluation and the contribution to evidence-based policy making (application of scientific evaluative research in political practice), and, eventually, the consolidation and institutional expansion of the cooperation between the universities involved and the research institute CICAP (triangular and South-South-cooperation) are on the agenda of the program. The respective cooperation is intended to last for four years (2017-2020).
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 Reduction through Rural Development, Follow-up study 20174/20172/2018Dr. Stefan SilvestriniTransFair 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 Reduction 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.
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: 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 Gollan

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.