The main purpose of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit; DEval) is to provide independent evaluation of the performance of German development cooperation measures.
With its evaluations, the institute supports the work of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and its implementing organisations, such as GIZ (technical cooperation and capacity building) and KfW (financial cooperation), as well as non-governmental organisations in the three key areas: evidence-based design and planning of development projects; transparency of results; learning lessons from evaluations to improve future cooperation.
In addition, DEval helps the German Bundestag to perform its parliamentary role of overseeing the work of the executive and provides the evidence it needs to formulate German policy initiatives in the field of international cooperation.
By looking at the bigger picture from an independent and external perspective, the institute is able to improve evaluation methods and standards and thus raise the quality of such evaluations. The institute will promote evaluation capacity development (ECD) in partner countries for German development cooperation and build strategic partnerships with academic and developmental organisations.
A decision by the German cabinet taken in July 2010 defines the scope of the institute's evaluation remit as "all measures for which the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is responsible".