• Senior Evaluator - Team Leader, Anti-Corruption Officer

Dr Jan Tobias Polak

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Dr Jan Tobias Polak is Senior Evaluator at DEval and currently leads the evaluation “Human rights in German development cooperation“. Until Mai 2019 he was head of the executive unit Evaluation & Statistics in the Austrian Development Agency. In this function, he was responsible for strategic evaluations of the Austrian Development Cooperation and Austria’s development finance statistics. From 2012 to 2017 he worked for DEval as Evaluator and inter alia lead the evaluation of the development volunteer service weltwärts.

Key qualifications

Thematic focus

Governance,

Civil Society,

Democracy,

Decentralisation

Methodological focus

Rigorous Impact Evaluation Designs,

Theory-Based Evaluations,

Mixed-Methods

Instruments, Approaches and Structures od Development Cooperation,

Evaluation Systems

Regional focus

Africa South of Sahara

Selected Publications

Bruder, M., Polak, J.T., Guffler, K., & Scheinert, L (2020). Using mediation analysis to uncover psychological mechanisms of attitude change in a development volunteer program. InJ.Schmitt (Ed.), Causal Mechanisms in Program Evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation, 167, 131–143.

Scheinert, L., Guffler, K., Polak, J.T., & Bruder, M. (2019). International development volunteering: An instrument for promoting education in line with the Sustainable Development Goals? International Journal of Development Education & Global Learning, 11(1), 4-28.

Kerstin Guffler, Jan Tobias Polak, Laura Scheinert, Martin Bruder (2019): „ Balancing Methodological Rigor and Real-World Constraints in Evaluation” Evaluation Review (geplant).

Laura Scheinert, Kerstin Guffler, Jan Tobias Polak, Martin Bruder (2019): „International Development Volunteering – An Instrument for Promoting Education in Line with the SDGs?” International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning (i.E.)

Jan Tobias Polak, Kerstin Guffer, Laura Scheinert, Martin Bruder (2019): “ Wirkt weltwärts? Wie Freiwillige sich verändern und zum entwicklungspolitischen Lernen in Deutschland beitragen“, Voluntas

Alexandra Caspari, Jan Tobias Polak, Udo Kelle, Christian Erzberger (2019): „Die ‚Standards für Evaluation‘ aus methodischer Perspektive“ in Wolfgang Böttcher et al. (Hrsg.): „Standards der Evaluation in unterschiedlichen Handlungsfeldern“, Waxmann Verlag (i.E.).

Alexandra Caspari, Jan Tobias Polak (2017): „Der Arbeitskreis „Methoden in der Evaluation““, Zeitschrift für Evaluation, 2/2017.

Jan Tobias Polak (2013): "Netzwerkanalyse“, in P. Dannecker und B. Englert (Hrsg.), Qualitative Methoden im Kontext der Entwicklungsforschung, Mandelbaum, Wien.

Jan Tobias Polak (2012): "Jugendbewegungen in Westafrika – Ambivalenzen politischer Aktivitäten", Sozialwissenschaftliche-Rundschau, Nr. 3, Wien.

Jan Tobias Polak (2012): Lokale Governance-Netzwerke in Westafrika: Politisches Handeln in der urbanen Umweltpolitik Malis, Dissertation, Universität Wien.

Contact

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Dr Jan Tobias Polak

Evaluator - Team Leader, Anti-Corruption Officer

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-967

E-mail: tobias.polak@DEval.org

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