German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)

Since 2012, the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) has been conducting independent and scientifically sound evaluations of German development cooperation measures, with the aim of making German development cooperation more effective. In particular, the independent evaluation work that DEval performs supports the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in improving German development cooperation. Based on the scientific results of its evaluations, DEval aims to enable governmental and non-governmental development cooperation organisations to make their strategies, instruments and programmes more effective. In addition, DEval helps the Bundestag (German parliament) perform its control function with respect to the executive and provide evidence to underpin political initiatives to structure the Federal Republic’s international cooperation.

Fields of action

Strategically relevant evaluations: DEval performs strategically relevant evaluations and impact analyses of German development cooperation in order to make German development cooperation more effective.

Enhancement of methods and standards: DEval enhances evaluation methods and standards, thus contributing to improved evaluation practice.

Development of evaluation capacity: DEval develops evaluation capacity in selected partner countries of German development cooperation.

Knowledge transfer and networking: DEval publishes its evaluations and, through targeted knowledge transfer and networking, encourages people to make use of its findings with a view to strengthening learning processes and democratic accountability in this policy area.


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