Monitoring: We provide guiding support in the set-up and application (if necessary) of tailor-made systems for measuring effectiveness. This includes basic knowledge of technical and methodological issues, such as the development and operationalisation of indicators, elaborating tools for gathering and documenting information as well as establishing processes for data collection and data analysis. A key focus of our approach is also to combine our expertise in monitoring with team and management processes, and to use the resulting synergy for the set-up, implementation and usage of a functional and qualitative monitoring system.
Evaluation: While (results-based) monitoring enables the continuous observation and assessment of intended and actual results, an evaluation helps to analyse the research object at a specific date based on defined questions and transparent appraisal criteria. A key issue is to review the effectiveness and sustainability of implemented measures and resources, e.g. aiming at using results for the further development of strategies and operational planning as well as for learning processes.
As expert evaluators, we are guided by the DeGEval-Standards for evaluations. We generally assess the effectiveness of international cooperation programmes and projects with the help of the quality criteria for evaluation, jointly agreed by the OECD-DAC in 2010. In conflict-prone and fragile environments, we follow the OECD/DAC guidelines “Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility – Improving Learning for Results” released in 2012.