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15.02.2017

Trend- and Impact Study about Fair Trade in Germany presented to Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

During the opening ceremony of the “Grünen Woche” (International Green Week, international exhibition of the food, agriculture and gardening industries) on January 20th 2017, the latest CEval study about the trends and impacts of Fair Trade in Germany was handed over to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller. The study was implemented on behalf of TransFair e.V., the Service Agency Communities in One World/Engagement Global, the Fair Trade Forum, Bread for the World and MISEREOR with additional financial support from the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

While a number of studies have investigated the impacts of Fair Trade in the producing countries, yet no one has systematically analyzed the effects it has in the countries where its products are consumed. Thus, as the first of its kind, it is a milestone for research in this field. Accordingly, so far the media and public showed great interest.

An English short version of the report can be found under: https://www.fairtrade-deutschland.de/fileadmin/DE/mediathek/pdf/fairtrade_society_study_short_version_EN.pdf

 

From left to right: Dr. Gerd Müller, MdB; Dieter Overath, GF TransFair e.V.;  
Klaus Seitz, AL Politik, Brot für die Welt; (c) 2017 by Transfair e.V.

 

 

 

    

 

 


28.10.2016

Evaluation Futures in Europe and Beyond. Connectivity, Innovation and Use - 12th EES Biennial Conference

Participation of CEval and CEval GmbH in the congress of the European Evaluation Society

The congress of the European Evaluation Society, which is carried out every two years, took place from 28. to 30.09.2016 in Maastricht.

Four employees of CEval and Ceval GmbH participated in the congress, were involved in different sessions and organised some of the panels on their own.

Particularly relevant was the implementation of a panel session on the topic “The Guiding Force of Standards – Do They Really Help to Ensure Professionality”. Well- known names of the Evaluation Community could be won to participate:

Zenda Ofir (former president of the African Evaluation Society, AfrEA), John Gargani (President of the American Evaluation Society, AEA), Esteban Tapella (Board member of the Latin American Evaluation Society, ReLAC) as well as Wolfgang Meyer from CEval as representative of the Reform Commission for the German Evaluation Standards, debated in the panel moderated by Reinhard Stockmann.

 

Besides, the official start of the research and book project of CEval “Evaluation Globe - Compendium on the worldwide Institutionalization of Evaluation" was an important event for the Saarbrücken-based institute.

This is a project which analyses and documents the institutionalization of evaluation with a theoretical and methodical consistent analytical framework in different countries of all continents. Potentially interested parties of the research and book project discussed the conceptional basic research and the proposed approach.

CEval and CEval GmbH also presented contributions in further sessions, as an example “Understanding Evaluation Use in Development” (Dr. Stefan Silvestrini), “Evaluation as a Profession, Applying the SDGs for Evaluating Sustainable Development” (Adj. Prof. (UTAMU) PD Dr. Wolfgang Meyer).


28.10.2016

Between Utilization, Influence and Sustainability - How do Evaluations Function in Different Systems?

Participation of CEval and CEval GmbH in the DeGEval congress

This year’s congress of the Society of Evaluation (DeGEval e.V.) was titled “Between Utilization, Influence and Sustainability - How do Evaluations Function in Different Systems?” CEval and the team of CEval GmbH made significant contributions to the congress by actively organizing and participating in different sessions.

CEval organized the session „Nation or Sector“. The question here was: Is the utilization of evaluations more characterized by the national evaluation cultures or the sectoral specificities? In the session “Does Evaluation Educate us Further? - Sustainable Effects of Evaluation in the Sector of Vocational Education” Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann reposted relevant results of an evaluation of vocational training cooperation in China on behalf of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation. Furthermore, he gave a lecture in the meeting about use and influence of evaluations in the political process under the title: ”Facts Don’t Matter? Or Do They?

Adj. Prof. (UTAMU) PD Dr. Wolfgang Meyer participated as panelist in the session “Presence and Future of DeGEval-Standards in Different Areas of Activity “, Dr. Vera Hennefeld as an expert in a fishbowl concerning: “Between Scheme F and Innovation: A Cross-Policy-Field Discussion on Methodological Standards”. Dr. Stefan Silvestrini chaired the session „Impact and Sustainability of Evaluation Results - Three Case Studies” in which Sophie Wannemacher presented a specific case study together with client World Vision Germany e.V.. Furthermore, Prof. Stockmann and Dr. Meyer were invited as authors to book launches by the junior network. Prof. Stockmann took part in the well-attended closing discussion of the DeGEval-congress as a panelist to reflect and discuss once more the contents of the DeGEval-congress from different viewpoints. The other guests were Priv.-Doz. MMag. Dr. Ulrike Greiner, Prof. Wolfgang Böttcher, Prof. Philipp Mayring and Prof. Herbert Altrichter.

 

 

 


13.07.2016

Evaluation - issue in the Consejo Presidencial Social of Costa Rica

   

 

On 6 July 2016 the Consejo Presidencial Social of the Costa Rican government met. The Social Council was set up by President Luis Guillermo Solís to fight absolute poverty in Costa Rica. For this purpose, eight ministries are coordinated by Vice-President Ana Helena Chocón in the Social Council. Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann held a presentation on "How to measure social policy success?" on behalf of the German evaluation institute. He focused on the role of monitoring and evaluation for evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). At least five of the SDG are directly linked to Social Policy. After Stockmann had presented a "best practice evaluation", he made ten suggestions on what to do in order to evaluate social policy in Costa Rica more effectively and efficiently.


08.06.2016

Second Mexican Evaluation Week

As part of the second Mexican Evaluation Week, CLEAR Mexico (http//www.clear-la.org / home/) conducted an international seminar on the benefits of evaluations. The two-day event was opened under great media attention by the finance minister of Mexico on 23 May 2016 with about 200 guests in the Hilton Hotel.

Prof. Dr. Melvin Mark (Penn State University, USA), Prof. Dr. Susan E. Mayer (University of Chicago, USA), Prof. Dr. David Chavis (Community Science, USA), Prof. Dr. Katharine Mark (University of Chicago, USA), Dr. A. Indran Naidoo (UNEG) and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann from CEval (Saarland University) analyzed the use of evaluation results during the first panel.

The contribution of CEval: In his speech Reinhard Stockmann pointed out that evaluations are used for three different purposes: for program control, for political control and also for societal enlightenment processes. The presentation took a closer look at the use of evaluation results by decision-makers in ministries and parliaments. On the basis of empirical studies Stockmann was able to show here that "regular evaluations are seldom highly valued by politicians and citizens and hardly used for political decision making". The recommendations accompanying many articles, reports and analyses, showing how the use of evaluation results can be increased, often offer only such familiar proposals as relevance of the results, timeliness of their existence, understandable language, target group-specific preparation of the results, clean methodology, participation, etc,. In the end, there no new insights. Stockmann concluded his presentation with following appeal:

“If we do not succeed in encouraging politicians and citizens to use evaluation results for their decisions, there will not only be no increase in rationality, but then evaluation cannot also contribute to strengthening democratic governance, increasing the legitimacy of political decisions or raising public awareness.

Then evaluation remains what it is currently more or less, an instrument of experts, technocrats and managers to enhance the sustainability, effectiveness, effectivity and efficiency of measurements, programs and laws. If that is done successfully, this is not just a little, but it is still not enough”.

As the seminar proceeded, contributions were also heard from users of evaluations, who discussed their experiences with the audience. In addition, during the third part of the seminar organizational representatives reported on the structures and mechanisms institutionalized with them for the implementation and use of evaluations.

 

 


02.06.2016

First Evaluation on long-term effects of Development Cooperation in TVET

On behalf of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (HSS), Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann and Adj. Prof. (UTAMU) PD Dr. Wolfgang Meyer evaluate the TVET activities of HSS in China. The special feature of this evaluation is the comparison of nowadays development and effects with evaluation results from 1999, compiled by both evaluators. For the first time, a comparative analysis on TVET activities is possible for such a long time-span due to the continuous project work and the use of comparable methods by the same evaluators. Reinhard Stockmann and Wolfgang Meyer finished the fieldwork in April 2016. The results will be presented on conferences in autumn and are supposed to be published shortly afterwards.

  

 


02.06.2016

Global Value Consortium Meeting in Dar-Es-Salaam

The fourth Global Value Consortium Meeting took place in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, February 17th and 18th. It was the first meeting outside Europe, showing the change of focus from tools recherche and evaluation (chaired by CEval) to the practice of Multinationals in development countries (especially in Tanzania and Bangladesh). CEval will be further involved in case studies and for consulting in methodological issues.

  

 


18.12.2015

Results of the SDG-Symposium in Vienna published

In October 2015 a high-ranked symposium was organized on the evaluation of the sustainable development goals in Vienna. Adj. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer contributed the academical keynote speech „Preconditions and challenges for a global evaluation system in support of the SDGs” to this meeting at the University of Economics and Business. The results are now published online at  http://www.sustainability.eu/?k=SDG_symposium&s=home&u=&lang=en

  

 


04.12.2015

Global Evaluation Week concludes the International Year of Evaluation 2015

 

The second Global Forum of EvalPartners took place in Kathmandu from November 23rd to November 27th. More than 300 participants from over 100 countries were debating, among other things, the issues "Evaluation Sustainability Evaluation Goals", "Gender-responsive and Equity-focused Evaluation" as well as the professionalization of evaluation.

 

At the following conference, CEval and DEval held a panel together with the title "Spotlight on ECD - Different Perceptions on How to Develop Capacities Evaluation Worldwide".

Reinhard Stockmann introduced the University approach for ECD developed by CEval that is mainly characterized by collegiality, longevity and sustainability, combining theory and practice in joint research projects , the involvement of students and young lecturers, as well as the development of common teaching materials and different teachings/learning formats.

The Global Forum and Evaluation Conclave were held in Kathmandu under challenging circumstances. Nepal has not yet recovered from the damage of the devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015.

  

For weeks, a blockage of India had major impact on the transport of goods to Nepal, so that there were severe shortfalls in supply. The economy of Nepal is severely damaged, and tourism, the main source of income of Nepal, is almost cut off.


25.11.2015

Better policies through evaluation?

On November 12th 2015 the Center for Evaluation held a workshop on "Sense and nonsense - about the benefits of evaluation for project management and learning" together with the Hanns Seidel foundation.

Dr. Stefan Silvestrini and Evelyn Funk presented an impact evaluation conducted by CEval, regarding the activities of the Hanns Seidel foundation in the field of civic education in Kenia.

The panel discussion was held at the AXICA conference center in Berlin, where Mag. Angelika Flatz (section head of the Austrian Chancellor's office), Michaela Zintl (BMZ), Prof. Dr. Thomas Widmer (Zurich University) and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann (Saarland University) discussed the topic "Better policies through evaluation?".    

More than 100 guests attended the event and experienced an exiting evening which was followed by a reception.

   

Photos: © by Henning Schacht – berlinpressphoto.de


04.11.2015

First book on evaluation published in Thai

The Conference of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) was held in Bangkok from 28 to 30 October. The participants came from over 100 countries and 60 UN organizations. This year's meeting was dedicated to the evaluability of sustainability goals. (Sustainable Development Goals: SDG"), which had been adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations. Therefore, the topic could hardly have been more up-to-date. (View presentation)

 

At the end of the conference, the Bangkok Declaration on Principles: National Evaluation Capacity for the SDGs” was adopted, in which all countries are encouraged to provide the capacities necessary for the evaluation of the SDGs.

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann held a lecture on Understanding Sustainable Development and its Contribution to Policy Making". Together with a Thai colleague, Prof. Dr. Sobsan Utakrit, he also presented the first evaluation book in Thai. It is a translation of the English title Evaluation and Quality Management", which is also published in German, Spanish and Chinese. The Thai edition can be obtained from the two translators, Prof. Dr. Sobsan Utakrit and Prof. Dr. Nattavee Utakrit (nattavee.u@it.kmutnb.ac.th).

 

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In addition, Reinhard Stockmann gave a lecture on the topic "The Role of Monitoring and Evaluation for Public Policies" at the King Mongkut's University, North Bangkok (KMUTNB) on October 31.

 

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29.10.2015

PD Dr. Wolfgang Meyer in an interview on the topic "Assessing the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility" in the context of the European Development Days 2015th.

The interview can be found here.


28.10.2015

The future of training and further education in Evaluation

On June 11th till 12th 2015 Saarland University together with the University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, held a conference on the occasion of their 10th year of existence.
In scientific talks and podium discussions challenges of the future of training and further education in evaluation were made the subject of discussion (conference progam).
 
 

 

 

1. The development of training and further education is strongly linked to the development of evaluation as well as the future challenges generated by their clients. Due to the societal functions of evaluation, the following impressions emerge:

Within the scope of the management function of evaluation, evaluation has advanced to a learning- and control device for organizational decision making processes. It is expected that joined topics like project and program planning as well as project and program management, quality management, concepts of the learning organization but also good governance will gain importance. The legitimacy-/accountability function especially demands a broad knowledge of various evaluation models (theories), research designs as well as survey and analysis methods. The enlightening function, which should further democratic dialogue, is in need of independent evaluation units as well as a strengthening of participial methods. (Talk by Prof. Stockmann)

 
 

2. Even though during the last two decades, evaluation in Europa is booming like never before, systematic academic training and further education are not ensured. There are only five study programs in Europe which have been existing for more than ten years. The Saarbrücken based Master of Evaluation is one of them. (Talk by Dr. Verena Friedrich / Talk by Prof. Filsinger)

 
 
  1. Participants were extensively united in saying that a plurality concerning training and further education measures in evaluation needs to exist. In addition to a widely defined academic master, participants also plead for integration of evaluation modules into other social scientific study programs and to also offer non-academic classes which are aimed towards the needs of special social groups like clients and political decision makers. (Regarding the topic of requirements from the perspective of social services, see the speech by Prof. Dr. Michael May). Besides the training program evaluation in development cooperation (FEEZ), which has been offered for more than ten years as well as the budget-cut endangered Saarbrücken Master of Evaluation no further systematic training and further education courses exist in Germany.

 

 

  1. Self-perception of evaluators is closely linked to the syllabus of evaluation in training and further education. Who and what do they want to be? What kind of professional relationship do they have, which role models are they following, etc.? How does evaluation differentiate itself from neighboring fields? Those are important questions in regards to professionalization of evaluation which still need clarification.
 

The German Society for Evaluation (DeGEval) plays a central role in the professionalizing of evaluation with its currently 600 personal and 160 institutional members. The journal for evaluation (current circulation of 1400 copies) as well as the Master of Evaluation are additional pillars of a professionalizing. This also includes the German Evaluation Institute (DEval), which represents an unique institution in the German political landscape in that regard, that it carries out independent evaluations to assess the effectiveness of a political field. It has been recommended to make greater use of the DEval and the 160 institutional members of the German Society for Evaluation for lobbying in the political process. (The future of Professionalizing – Talk by Caroline Heider)

Short interview with Caroline Heider, World Bank Group, Washington

 
 

 

  1. The internationalization of evaluation has been described as especially important for the development of training and further education for professionalizing evaluation. The international cooperation enriches your own work with other perspectives, themes, approaches, methods, etc. Evaluation capacity development and university cooperation shall be expanded with the help of the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Society for International Cooperation (giz), the German Evaluation Association (DEval) as well as the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD). A blended-learning master, which builds on the Saarbruecken Master of Evaluation in forms of content, shall be introduced at universities in Uganda, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other countries. A German equivalent shall be established at the Distance and Independent Study Center (DISC) at the Technical University Kaiserslautern. (Regarding Evaluation Capacity Development in international cooperation – Talk by Dr. Stefanie Krapp).
 

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

 

Short interviews

Ernst Karl H. - Graduate of the third cohort of the 'Master of Evaluation'

Tilman Welte - Student of the 10th cohort of the 'Master of Evaluation'

Freddy Emmanuel Ndongbou Nkenglifak and Saidou Ouedraogo - Students of the 10th cohort of the 'Master of Evaluation'


28.10.2015

Student of Master of Evaluation has been awarded DeGEval Association prize

Prof. Reinhard Stockmann congratulates Michael Köhler, graduate of the Master of Evaluation on receiving the DeGEval Association Prize for his master’s thesis on Workplace health promotion for industrial shift workers – Evaluation of a seminar series on coping with shift wor.

Since 2007, the DeGeval Association Prize is awarded annually for exceptional work in the field of evaluation throughout German speaking areas. Recipients are single junior evaluators or groups of junior evaluators alike.

 
 

 


16.10.2015

For the international Year of Evaluation, Reinhard Stockmann and Wolfgang Meyer edited a book on the global perspecitves of evaluation

Thirty authors from eighteen countries in all five continents contributed on various aspects of evaluation and its future trends in their countries and regions.

 

The book informs on global trends, new challenges for science and practice as well as the shared and different perspectives of the global evaluation community. Several well-known evaluators like Donna M. Mertens, Peter Dahler-Larsen or Frans L. Leeuw can be found among the authors, but also evaluation experts from politics, implementation agencies, international organizations or consulting companies. This book is an unique overview on global evaluation and can be bought at all book stores or at the publisher Palgrave Macmillan.


24.08.2015

Private lecturer Dr. Wolfgang Meyer has been appointed adjunct professor at Ugandan Technology and Management University (UTAMU)

Due to his involvement in introducing the new master program monitoring and evaluation at UTAMU, the deputy head of CEval, private lecturer Dr. Wolfgang Meyer, has been appointed adjunct professor. With this, the partner university also honored CEval for the long-term commitment in evaluation capacity development (ECD) in Uganda. The new master program will be officially introduced in September and has a standard study period of two years. The basic program is largely in accordance with the face-to-face seminars in Saarland.

 

 

 

 


19.08.2015

The contribution of evaluation to development in Latin America – Dialogue between politics and evaluation

The conference “The contribution of evaluation to development in Latin America – Dialogue between politics and evaluation” took place in San José from July 15th to July 17th 2015. The conference was organized by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in cooperation with Saarland University (UdS) and was supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) financed through funds of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and was further supported by the German Evaluation Institute for Development Cooperation (DEval).

In accordance with the title of the conference, the focus lay on the dialogue between the evaluation community on the one hand and politics, public administration and civil society on the other. This dialogue was facilitated through panel discussions, lectures as well as work group sessions. These discussions and dialogues did not only focus on the importance of evaluation for politics, public administration and on the utility of evaluation for civil society. They were rather directed towards the mutual exchange about what the evaluation society as the producer of evaluation studies expects from public as well as civil society actors as users of evaluations, and vice versa. The usefulness and actual use of evaluations were central to these discussions. Thanks to the participation of a number of international evaluation experts, the conference also enabled an exchange of experiences concerning the framework conditions that are existing and/or necessary for evaluation in the Latin-American region as well as about good evaluation practice and examples.

The results of the conference can be summarized as follows:

  1. Among the participants there was large consensus about the growing importance of evaluation as a tool for designing sustainable social development processes, given that evaluations enhance learning from experiences, the continuous improvement of programs and projects, the efficient use of scarce resources, but also transparency and accountability. Recent developments in Costa Rica served as an example for the increasing relevance of evaluation in public administration. The country’s national development plan for the years 2015-2018 has been developed with explicit reference to evaluation and has been complemented by a national evaluation agenda. According to the agenda, fifteen national programs shall be evaluated by 2018.
  2. In order for evaluation to live up to its growing importance, political representatives pointed to the need for useful evaluations, that is, evaluations which delivered practicable recommendations and whose results were communicated in a way that was easily understandable. In return, representatives of the evaluation society made clear that the commissioners of evaluations from the public sphere and from civil society should create the conditions that would allow producing useful evaluations. There was large consensus that the following conditions needed to be met: the existence and communication of clear perspectives about the purpose of the evaluation; the provision of sufficient resources including time, personnel and financial resources for the evaluation’s implementation; the development of realistic expectations about what an evaluation can achieve with the given resources; the guaranteed independence of the evaluators; the institutionalization of evaluation as an integral part of the work of organizations; as well as the thorough consideration and use of evaluation findings.
  3. The continuous setup and development of evaluation capacities was another prerequisite identified as necessary by the participants in order to produce useful evaluations and in order for them to be utilized. On the one hand, this would entail the professional, methodological and social competences of evaluators. To build up these competences training programs and options for further education as well as dynamic evaluation research would be required. However, the development of evaluation capacities would far exceed the level of individual evaluators and also comprise the professionalization of the discipline of evaluation, for example, through the establishment of certain standards and good practices. Apart from that, the competences of evaluation clients would also play an important role. The latter would need to be able to not only commission evaluations in an appropriate way (for example, by formulating realistic TOR’s) but also to absorb their results.
  4. Regarding the utility and the use of evaluations, the conference participants reached the conclusion that useful evaluations distinguish themselves by delivering results and recommendations which support necessary changes in organizations and provide methodologically sound arguments for difficult decisions. In this context, the value of internal and external evaluations was also discussed, with either one being perceived as more or less suitable depending on the task of the evaluation and the particular context.
  5. During the participants’ discussions it became evident that it was also necessary to ask for whom the evaluation shall be useful. This raised the question of how the participation of civil society in evaluation processes should look like. Opinions on the appropriate degree of participation varied. However, there was consensus that a minimum degree of transparency and participation would need to be provided for and that it would consist of presenting evaluation results in a way that was easily understandable and communicating them more broadly than was usually done.
  6. In this context, the institutional and normative framework conditions of evaluations also played a role: while their existence could support the implementation and use of evaluations, their absence or inadequacy could hinder them. Participants from different Latin-American countries such as Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru discussed the current conditions for evaluation in the regions and exchanged experiences and good practices. The participants came to the conclusion, that in the past, progress had been made regarding the institutional and normative framework conditions for evaluation, but that considerable challenges still remained. Among others, awareness about the need for evaluations, an evaluation culture in the public and civil society sector as well as evaluation capacities would still be lacking. Moreover, evaluation would hardly be considered in the planning phase of politics, programs and projects, which would compromise the accessibility of necessary data and resources for the implementation of evaluations. Finally, the insufficient dissemination of evaluation results and experiences would pose another obstacle to evaluation to date.


14.08.2015

Official ceremony on the occasion of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann’s 60th birthday on May 8, 2015

   

More than 100 national and international guests had come to Saarbrücken on May 8, 2015 to attend the official ceremony on the occasion of Reinhard Stockmann’s 60th birthday as well as to celebrate his 20th anniversary at Saarland University.

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For the celebration, the Center for Evaluation (CEval) was supported by colleagues and cooperation partners from various stages of Reinhard Stockmann’s work, so that their short presentations gave the audience an impressive overview of his multi-faceted working life.

 

 

   

The president of Saarland University, Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber, opened the official ceremony at 2pm giving his personal congratulations and emphasizing Reinhard Stockmann’s achievement of building-up an inter-university cooperation.

Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Roland Brünken, the dean of the Faculty 5 Empirical Human Science, honored Reinhard Stockmann with very personal greetings, especially stressing the currently difficult conditions at Saarland University and in that manner offering a special perspective on his works.

 
 
   

The laudatory speech was held by three close colleagues and executives of the CEval in a fairly unusual manner. Deputy director of the CEval and coordinator of the division environment and labour market, Associate Professor Dr. Wolfgang Meyer, took the task to report on the “good, old times”, referring to the local term “Sellemols” (in English comparable to “in those days”).

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Afterwards, it was left to the executive director of the CEval GmbH, Dr. Stefan Silvestrini, to refer back to the scientific nature and to support the “benevolent, but methodically groundless tributes” by facts. As a “quasi-quality representative”, he presented an impact model in a little teaching unit, which he applied to the impacts of Reinhard Stockmann’s works on evaluation.

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Finally, Dr. Vera Hennefeld (coordinator of division education and culture) introduced the “Stockmann’sche Triangulation”, which is rather designed as a “Quintangulation” based on the pillars university, research institute, education center, scientific journal and consulting company. This wide range and variation form the basis for the success achieved by Reinhard Stockmann.

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Furthermore, the speakers of the six short presentations skillfully maintained the balance between a humoristic personal speech and a clear, objective presentation with regard to work connections and cooperation experiences. Thus, the attendees of the official ceremony gained entertaining and interesting insights on the intensive persuasion work regarding the system study of development evaluation, the productive and continual university cooperation with the Universidad de Costa Rica, the turbulent founding phase of the CEval as well as the continuous progress in the creation process of the Zeitschrift für Evaluation and finally the efforts concerning the installation of an unique postgraduate master course in evaluation in Germany.

The presenters:

Dominique de Crombrugghe de Looringhe (Evaluatuer spécial de la Coopération belge au Développement; SPF Affaires étrangères)

 
 
   

Axel Borrmann (former employee of the Hamburger Weltwirtschaftsinstituts HWWI)

Prof. Olman Villareal Guzmàn (Universidad de Costa Rica)

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Dr. Stefanie Krapp (Head of Department at the German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit; DEval))

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Dr. Hansjörg Gaus (editor of the Zeitschrift für Evaluation)

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Prof. Dr. Dieter Filsinger (dean of the faculty social sciences at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes – University of Applied Science)

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The presentations underlined that without the persistence of Reinhard Stockmann and his will concerning the equal cooperation central contributions to the development of social science evaluation research, to evaluation practice and the professionalization of the field would not have been possible.

According to the occasion, the highlight of the day was the handing over of presents: the CEVal team presented their director with a series of useful objects to facilitate working life.

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Finally, Vera Hennefeld, Wolfgang Meyer and Stefan Silvestrini handed over the commemorative publication, which was edited especially for the occasion. The contributions adress the question “Sustainable Evaluation?” (German title: “Nachhaltige Evaluation?”). Showing the perspectives of various of Reinhard Stockmann’s colleagues, they illustrate the development of evaluation strained between science and practice as well as the sustainability of the current development stage.

For further information click on the book cover


14.07.2015

International seminar: The contribution of evaluation to Latin American development - Dialogue between politics and evaluation

July 15-17, 2015

 

Venue: Center for research and training in public administration, San José, Costa Rica

University of Costa Rica

Saarland University, Germany - Center for Evaluation

University cooperation programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

 

A growing awareness concerning the importance of evaluation in shaping development processes can be noticed among national and international stakeholders. Likewise, the international community and civil society organizations consider evaluation as an important element of modern policy-making. Central issues of the international conference are the possible contribution of evaluation to such processes and in this respect existing experiences as well as necessary condition to increase the utilization and use of evaluation in Latin America. The conference ist jointly organized by the CEval and the University of Costa Rica with the support of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) and takes place in San José, Costa Rica. Panel discussions, lectures and working groups will provide opportunities for exchange, focusing on the dialogue between politics and public administration, civil society and evaluation community.

 

Agenda (Spanish)

Programme


09.06.2015

International conference: The contribution of evaluation to Latin American Development - Dialogue between politics and evaluation

A growing awareness concerning the importance of evaluation in shaping development processes can be noticed among national and international stakeholders. Likewise, the international community as well as civil society organizations consider evaluation as an important element of modern policy-making. Central issues of the international conference were the possible contribution of evaluation to such processes and in this respect existing experiences as well as the necessary conditions to increase the utilization and use of evaluation in Latin America. The conference was jointly organized by the CEval and the University of Costa Rica with the support of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) and took place in San José, Costa Rica. Panel discussions, lectures and working groups provided opportunities for exchange, focusing on the dialogue between politics and public administration, civil society and evaluation community.

 

Date of the event: July 15-17, 2015

 

Venue: San José, Costa Rica

 

Agenda international conference (Spanish)

 


08.06.2015

Wolfgang Meyer presented first results of the 'Global Value'-project in Bruxelles

On June 3rd, Wolfgang Meyer presented first results of the 'Global Value'-project at the European Development Days in Bruxelles, the flagship event of the European Year for Development 2015. He discussed together with about thirty participants and colleagues from Vienna and Amsterdam the difficulties for bringing susainability issues to Multinational Corporatives in a session on 'Managing business impacts on sustainable development'. Further informationen on the event and the session can be found at www.eudevdays.eu or in social media at #EDD15.

 

 


13.03.2015

Contribution by Prof. Stockmann to the 4th ReLAC conference in Lima, Peru, March 9-13, 2015

 

The fourth conference of ReLAC (red de Seguimiento, Evaluación y Sistematización de América Latina y el Caribe) ont "The Future of Evaluation in Latin America and the Caribbean" took place in Lima, Peru, March 9-13, 2015. On behalf of the Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut (DEval), Professor Stockmann advised ReLAC on the development of Latin-American evaluation standards. He also conducted a Panel on "Spotlight on ECD: Controversial Perceptions on how to Develop Evaluation Capacities Worldwide."

On the initiative of DEval and CEval, a founding event for building a network of all Latin-American universities which offer training and further education in the field of evaluation, was implemented during the conference as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 


13.11.2014

Presentation by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann on the subject of evaluation at an international academic conference in Peru, 13 November, 2014

On 10 and 11 November, the second international seminar on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) (II Seminario Internacional de Seguimiento y Evaluación) was held in Lima, Peru. 350 people - mainly ministry staff - from all over Latin America took part. Invited by the Peruvian Ministry of Economics and Finance and the National Centre of Strategic Planning (CEPLAN), national and international experts covered the subject of 'opportunities and challenges in the establishment of an M&E culture in public policy-making and national development planning' in a series of talks. In the topic area 'Approaches, methods and insturments of monitoring in public policy-making and national development planning', Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann from the Center for Evaluation showed in his keynote speech, entitled 'Are the approaches, methods and tools of monitoring different from those used for evaluation?', how monitoring and evaluation differ, how they can be combined in a usefl way and what requirements tey need to fulfil. He also made some recommendations as to how the role of M&E in policy-making could be strengthened and what activities would be necessary to achieve this.


10.02.2014

Publication in the 'American Journal of Evaluation': CEval develops new method of impact measurement, 10 February, 2014

Scientists from the CEval have developed a promising, inexpensive method for the causal measurement of intervention impacts. The 'counterfactual self-estimation of program participants' (CSEPP) method ist based on the assumption that participants in an intervention are able to estimate correctly the state they would have been in with regard to a feature of interest (outcome) if they had not taken part in the intervention.

 

The theoretical foundations of the approach and some initial empirical findings relating to the reliability of CSEPP estimates habe been published in the leading international journal, the 'American Journal of Evaluation'.

 

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03.09.2013

The contribution of evaluation to development in Latin America – Dialogue between politics and evaluation

 The conference “The contribution of evaluation to development in Latin America – Dialogue between politics and evaluation” took place in San José from July 15th to July 17th 2015. The conference was organized by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in cooperation with Saarland University (UdS) and was supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) financed through funds of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and was further supported by the German Evaluation Institute for Development Cooperation (DEval).

In accordance with the title of the conference, the focus lay on the dialogue between the evaluation community on the one hand and politics, public administration and civil society on the other. This dialogue was facilitated through panel discussions, lectures as well as work group sessions. These discussions and dialogues did not only focus on the importance of evaluation for politics, public administration and on the utility of evaluation for civil society. They were rather directed towards the mutual exchange about what the evaluation society as the producer of evaluation studies expects from public as well as civil society actors as users of evaluations, and vice versa. The usefulness and actual use of evaluations were central to these discussions. Thanks to the participation of a number of international evaluation experts, the conference also enabled an exchange of experiences concerning the framework conditions that are existing and/or necessary for evaluation in the Latin-American region as well as about good evaluation practice and examples.

The results of the conference can be summarized as follows:

  1. Among the participants there was large consensus about the growing importance of evaluation as a tool for designing sustainable social development processes, given that evaluations enhance learning from experiences, the continuous improvement of programs and projects, the efficient use of scarce resources, but also transparency and accountability. Recent developments in Costa Rica served as an example for the increasing relevance of evaluation in public administration. The country’s national development plan for the years 2015-2018 has been developed with explicit reference to evaluation and has been complemented by a national evaluation agenda. According to the agenda, fifteen national programs shall be evaluated by 2018.
  2. In order for evaluation to live up to its growing importance, political representatives pointed to the need for useful evaluations, that is, evaluations which delivered practicable recommendations and whose results were communicated in a way that was easily understandable. In return, representatives of the evaluation society made clear that the commissioners of evaluations from the public sphere and from civil society should create the conditions that would allow producing useful evaluations. There was large consensus that the following conditions needed to be met: the existence and communication of clear perspectives about the purpose of the evaluation; the provision of sufficient resources including time, personnel and financial resources for the evaluation’s implementation; the development of realistic expectations about what an evaluation can achieve with the given resources; the guaranteed independence of the evaluators; the institutionalization of evaluation as an integral part of the work of organizations; as well as the thorough consideration and use of evaluation findings.
  3. The continuous setup and development of evaluation capacities was another prerequisite identified as necessary by the participants in order to produce useful evaluations and in order for them to be utilized. On the one hand, this would entail the professional, methodological and social competences of evaluators. To build up these competences training programs and options for further education as well as dynamic evaluation research would be required. However, the development of evaluation capacities would far exceed the level of individual evaluators and also comprise the professionalization of the discipline of evaluation, for example, through the establishment of certain standards and good practices. Apart from that, the competences of evaluation clients would also play an important role. The latter would need to be able to not only commission evaluations in an appropriate way (for example, by formulating realistic TOR’s) but also to absorb their results.
  4. Regarding the utility and the use of evaluations, the conference participants reached the conclusion that useful evaluations distinguish themselves by delivering results and recommendations which support necessary changes in organizations and provide methodologically sound arguments for difficult decisions. In this context, the value of internal and external evaluations was also discussed, with either one being perceived as more or less suitable depending on the task of the evaluation and the particular context.
  5. During the participants’ discussions it became evident that it was also necessary to ask for whom the evaluation shall be useful. This raised the question of how the participation of civil society in evaluation processes should look like. Opinions on the appropriate degree of participation varied. However, there was consensus that a minimum degree of transparency and participation would need to be provided for and that it would consist of presenting evaluation results in a way that was easily understandable and communicating them more broadly than was usually done.
  6. In this context, the institutional and normative framework conditions of evaluations also played a role: while their existence could support the implementation and use of evaluations, their absence or inadequacy could hinder them. Participants from different Latin-American countries such as Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru discussed the current conditions for evaluation in the regions and exchanged experiences and good practices. The participants came to the conclusion, that in the past, progress had been made regarding the institutional and normative framework conditions for evaluation, but that considerable challenges still remained. Among others, awareness about the need for evaluations, an evaluation culture in the public and civil society sector as well as evaluation capacities would still be lacking. Moreover, evaluation would hardly be considered in the planning phase of politics, programs and projects, which would compromise the accessibility of necessary data and resources for the implementation of evaluations. Finally, the insufficient dissemination of evaluation results and experiences would pose another obstacle to evaluation to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


08.04.2013

Talk by Prof. Stockmann on the subject of evaluation at the Costa Rican parliament, 8 April 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A partnership has now existed for almost ten years between the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University and the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). Since last year, funding by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been enabling students, graduates and lecturers to take part in an exchange programme. In the first quarter of this year, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann himself spent some time in Costa Rica together with two students from the masters course 'evaluation'.

 

Special highlights of this stay, which was intended above all to make a contribution to strengthening academic evaluation capacities, were a workshop with all the deputy ministers of Costa Rica on the subject of evaluation, and a talk entitled 'The Role of Evaluation in Society and Politics' given in front of an audience of 50 - MPs and ther aides, and highranking representatives of the court of audit and other key institutions - at the Costa Rican parliament. As a national law on evaluation ist currently being discussed in parliament, the walk was followed by a particularly lively debate. The workshop and talk wehre held following an invitation by FOCEVAL, the 'Evaluation Capacity Building' scheme funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The scheme, which is being implemented by the German Society of International Cooperation (GIZ) together with the costa Rican Ministry of Planning (MIDEPLAN), assists government and civil society organisations in devloping national evaluation structures and improving the quality of monitoring and evaluation for political decision-making.

As its scientific supervisor, the CEval has been cosely involved in these activities since the scheme began in 2011.

 

 


23.02.2011

New publication: 'A Practitioner Handbook on Evaluation', 23 February 2011

The Handbuch zur Evaluation, edited by Reinhard Stockmann and published by the Waxmann Verlag in 2007, has now been translated into English and is available in the Edward Elgar Publishing programme.

 

 

About the book:

This comprehensive Handbook serves as an excellent reference manual providing answers to virtually every conceivable question that can arise during the planning and implementation process of an evaluation.

 

Aimed at readers with limited knowledge in the field of evaluation techniques and who want to study further, this volume will serve all those who conduct evaluations themselves, as well as decision-makers who commission evaluations and those who are evaluated. All stakeholders of an evaluation should know about the characteristics and standards of a professional and competently implemented evaluation. The book offers a basic introduction to the foundations and the benefits of this type of investigation, as well as a comparison of different evaluation approaches. It also deals with the practical organization of evaluations and presents a general overview of possible evaluation designs. After a discussion of the social context of evaluations, the book provides an in-depth methodological framework for data measurement, data collection and data management. It concludes with a description of the reporting process.

 

Being the first thorough and detailed manual of its kind, this Handbook will appeal to evaluation practitioners, policy-makers who conduct evaluations in their daily work, students training in applied research and organizations which are implementing projects and programmes that could be the subject of an evaluation.

(Quelle: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011)

 

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