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Meta-evaluation on the Quality of (Project) Evaluations in the German Development Cooperation

Many governmental and non-governmental organisations regularly evaluate the projects they implement in partner countries of the German development cooperation. In an ongoing meta-evaluation, DEval is analysing the quality of these evaluations for selected organisations in the years 2016 to 2020.

Many governmental and non-governmental organisations working in the field of German development cooperation implement a large number of development projects in different partner countries and sectors. A subset of these projects are evaluated by the respective organisations in order to learn lessons for future projects and/or deliver accountability for projects financed by third parties. In an ongoing meta-evaluation, DEval is analysing the quality of these evaluations for selected organisations in the years 2016 to 2020.

Background

Evaluations by governmental implementing organisations and non-governmental organisations (e.g. churches, political foundations, non-governmental organisations and agencies involved in social structure assistance) are of high relevance in German development cooperation. These evaluations yield conclusions and recommendations for the implemented projects, which can result in improved work (or improved DC) in the future. In many organisations, the implementation of the evaluations follow (internationally) valid evaluation standards such as those of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/DAC) or of DeGEval – Evaluation Society (Gesellschaft für Evaluation e. V.). The aim of the meta-evaluation is to examine the quality of the evaluations both for the interfaces between the OECD/DAC and DeGEval standards and for organisation-specific standards.

The evaluation runs from 2020 to 2022 and is currently in its inception phase.

Objectives of the Evaluation

The objective of the meta-evaluation is to carry out an independent evaluation of the quality of evaluations by different governmental and non-governmental organisations working in the field of German development cooperation. This is expected to make an important contribution to both accountability and learning, thus enabling the quality of evaluations to be improved. As part of the latter aspect, an overview of the quality standards considered for the evaluations will be compiled and factors influencing the quality of the evaluations will be identified.

Contact

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Dr Nico Herforth

Evaluator - Team Leader

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-979

E-mail: nico.herforth@DEval.org

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Amélie Gräfin zu Eulenburg

Head of Department: Sustainable Economic and Social Development, Integrity Officer

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-930

E-mail: amelie.eulenburg@DEval.org

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