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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 information to optimise their strategies, instruments and programmes. The overarching aim is to make German development cooperation more effective. DEval also seeks to increase transparency in the use of public funds. It is mandated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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. The institute thus operates at the interface between politics, academia and practical development work.
Another role 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, we have the task of disseminating the knowledge gained in the evaluation, thus promoting learning processes and facilitating 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. For example, DEval is a member of the European Evaluation Society (EES), the Evaluation Society (DeGEval e.V.) and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).

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