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Rigorous Impact Evaluation

Unequivocally demonstrating the effects of development cooperation is a major challenge. Rigorous impact evaluations meet this challenge, but have only been used sporadically so far in German development cooperation.

This research project aims to identify and record the current state of rigorous impact evaluation in Germany, as well as existing barriers.The goal of the project is to increase the implementation of rigorous impact evaluations and the systematic use of rigorous evidence in German development cooperation.

Research Questions:

1. What is the current state of rigorous impact evaluation in Germany?

How many rigorous impact evaluations have been conducted in the last decade within German development cooperation? In which thematic area have these evaluations primarily been conducted? Which rigorous methods have mostly been used? To what extent has rigorous evidence been used in implementation, programming and in political decision-making?

2. What are barriers for implementation and systematic use of rigorous impact evaluation?

What motivates or discourages stakeholders to implement rigorous impact evaluations and to make systematic use of existing rigorous evidence? How is the newly generated evidence used in further implementation and political decision-making? In which way is the existing and newly generated evidence brokered to stakeholders? Is German development cooperation in this respect different from other countries?

3. What can German development cooperation learn from other countries with respect to creating an enabling environment for rigorous impact evaluation?

What are enabling factors and lessons from other countries and to what extent can they be adapted to the German case?

What is rigorous impact evaluation?

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Quantitative assessment within governmental institutions and NGOs to map the current state of rigorous impact evaluation;

Interviews with German experts and stakeholders to identify existing barriers and facilitating factors;

Interviews and workshops with national and international experts to learn from experiences with development policy and other policy areas in Germany as well as from international experience with the implementation and systematic use of rigorous impact evaluation.

etzwerks von Expertinnen, Experten und relevanten Akteuren. Dadurch soll ein kontinuierlicher Dialog über die Entwicklungen auf dem Gebiet der rigorosen Wirkungsevaluierungen gefördert werden.

Stakeholder Support and Community Building:

In addition to providing information on barriers and facilitating factors for rigorous impact evaluation, we also aim to provide practical support to stakeholders. This takes the form of advice on ongoing rigorous impact evaluation projects, as well as the establishment of a community of experts and stakeholders. With this, we want to further an ongoing dialogue on developments in the field of rigorous impact evaluation. As one of our first steps we will host a joint conference with the Campbell Collaboration on the role of evidence synthesis for a more effective development cooperation on 9 and 10 May 2019 in Bonn.

Registration of Rigorous Impact Evaluations (RIE)

As part of its RIE project, DEval aims to identify and record the current state of rigorous impact evaluation in German development cooperation. We would, therefore, like to ask persons responsible for RIE in German development cooperation to register completed, ongoing or officially confirmed rigorous impact evaluations in our survey. Information will be treated anonymously and serves the purpose of generating an overview of all RIE experiences within the German development cooperation.

Please fill in the following survey, if you have conducted or will conduct a rigorous impact evaluation (RIE). This explicitly applies to RIEs which 1) are financed, in part or fully, directly or indirectly funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and which 2) have been conducted after 2013 or that have been approved but not yet been conducted.




[Translate to Englisch:] Portrait Marion Krämer
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Dr Marion Krämer

Evaluator - Team Leader

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-947


[Translate to Englisch:] Portrait Martin Bruder
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Dr Martin Bruder

Head of Department: Civil Society, Human Rights

Phone: +49 (0)228 336907-970


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