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Goals and Functions

The German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) was established in 2012. It provides governmental and non-governmental development cooperation organisations with independent and scientifically sound evaluations, which they can feed into their strategies, instruments and programmes. By enabling evidence-based policy-making, DEval aims to make German development cooperation more effective and to increase transparency in the use of public funds. For this purpose, DEval is mandated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


By carrying out strategically relevant evaluation work, DEval contributes to improving the effectiveness of development cooperation, which in turn fosters sustainable development processes. By disseminating scientifically sound and practice-oriented knowledge, we promote learning processes and fact-based decision-making in policy and practice. The Institute also strengthens the democratic legitimacy of German development cooperation policy as a whole, since DEval´s independent evaluations provides transparent information on the use of public funds as well as accountability on results achieved.


As a research institute at the science-policy-practice interface, DEval stands out for its evaluative and thematic competence. We offer knowledge about complex and strategically relevant issues in the field of development cooperation, especially customized to assist political and operational decision makers, who need a solid factual basis for their assessments. As part of its core working areas, DEval also contributes to strengthening the evaluation capacities in partner countries of German development cooperation. Thanks to our scientific independence and for mutual benefit, we collaborate with a wide range of governmental and civil society actors and at the same time actively participate in professional discussions in the development research and evaluation communities. The essential preconditions for our institute´s efficient performance are highly skilled and engaged staff, as well as innovative and integral knowledge management.

Our Functions

DEval’s core task is to analyse and evaluate German development cooperation activities, taking an independent and practice-oriented approach that draws upon academic research. Thus, our institute acts at the interface between politics, academia and government administration with the overarching goal of providing valuable evidence for the development cooperation policy area.

Another one of our central tasks is to further develop existing evaluation methods and standards with a view to improving evaluation practice. DEval also works on strengthening evaluation capacities in the partner countries of German development cooperation. Last but not least, it is our duty to disseminate the knowledge gained in the evaluation, in order to promote learning processes and to facilitate decision-making in development cooperation.

Our Stakeholders

Our evaluations and the resulting recommendations are aimed primarily at political decision-makers but also at governmental and civil society development organisations and at partners in developing and emerging countries. Other target groups include academics and experts from evaluation practice.

In addition, we strive to make complex issues in German development cooperation accessible to a broad expert audience. To this end, we make all our evaluation reports available on our website.

Our Network

Working in international networks that evaluate and research development cooperation is of key importance for our institute. Therefore, DEval is a member of the European Evaluation Society (EES), the Gesellschaft für Evaluation (DeGEval e.V.), the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), as well as partner of the OECD DAC Network of Development Evaluation (EvalNet), the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI), EvalPartners and Red de Seguimiento, Evaluación y Sistematización de América Latina y el Caribe (ReLAC). Furthermore, we work together with the Campbell Collaboration, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the Development Engagement Lab (DEL).

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