Evaluation of development programmes

Germany - DAC Evaluation Network Member


German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)

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Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

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Deutsche Gesellaschaft für Internationale Zausammenarbeit (GIZ)

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KfW Development Bank

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Organisation Background

At the request of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) an external evaluation of the German development evaluation system was carried out and published in 2009, which found the German system to be incoherent, fragmented and lacking sufficient capacity at the strategic level. This led in 2012 to the creation of a
separate public entity, the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval), which is primarily tasked to perform strategically relevant and mostly complex evaluations for all German development activities. The main actors involved in the German development cooperation evaluation system are :

  • The German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval). DEval is mandated by the BMZ to conduct independent and strategically relevant evaluations for all German development activities. It also conducts meta-evaluations, selective quality checks of project evaluations, contributes to the development of evaluation methods and standards and engages in evaluation capacity building.
  • The Evaluation and Research Division, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Evaluation and Research Division was the primary entity performing strategic evaluations in Germany until 2012, when DEval was established. Since then, it has largely ceased commissioning evaluations, with occasional exceptions, including reviews and participating in management groups of joint evaluations. However, BMZ retains the function to guide the overall evaluation system, setting core standards and assigning roles and responsibilities to the main evaluation actors as far as the area of its competence is concerned.
  • The Corporate Evaluation Unit, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). GIZ and KfW Development Bank are the two largest implementing agencies of the BMZ. The Evaluation Unit of GIZ performs corporate and strategic evaluations; examines the methodological quality of project evaluations steered by project implementers and carried out by independent evaluators; releases the summary reports of project evaluations; develops the evaluation instruments and standards; and designs institutional learning processes for its own activities.
  • The Evaluation Department, KfW Development Bank focuses mostly on standard expost and impact evaluations of individual projects and programmes financed by the Bank (with federal funds and leveraged private funds) on behalf of the German Federal Government. It also conducts thematic evaluations and meta-analysis of its evaluations.

While each implementation agency has an evaluation policy, the evaluation functions of DEval and the BMZ are guided by various policy documents that define its roles and responsibilities. Due to the significant restructure, there is a need for a new evaluation policy that reflects the formation of DEval, underlines the existing roles and responsibility of GIZ, KfW Development Bank and DEval, and delineates the new role of the BMZ.

                  Germany's Evaluation Profile

Germany's Evaluation Reports (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)