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Sandra Bäthge, M.A.

 

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Project Manager

(CEval GmbH)

E-Mail: s.baethge(at)ceval.de
Telephone: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 32 86
Fax: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 38 99
Office hours: by appointment
Address:
CEval GmbH
Im Stadtwald, Building C 5.3
66123 Saarbruecken
Area of responsibility: Contract research
Business development
Main areas of emphasis: Development cooperation
Qualitativ and quantitativ methods
Environment and climate change, Gender

Professional Career

Since 10.2015 Project Manager CEval GmbH
08.2014 - 10.2015
Research associate at Chair of Sociology at the Saarland University
08.2011 Project assistant, adelphi consult GmbH, Berlin
06.2011 - 07.2011 Student assistant, Ramboll Management Consulting GmbH, Berlin
10.2010 - 03.2011 Student assistant at the Insititute for European Politics (IEP), Berlin
03.2010 - 08.2010 Student apprentice at the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Cochabamba, Bolivia
09.2009 - 03.2010 Student apprentice at the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn
05.2009 - 07.2009 Student apprentice at the German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
04.2008 - 07.2008 Student apprentice at the European Commission, Representation in Germany, Berlin

Education

10.2010 - 12.2013 Master of Arts in International Relations, Universität Potsdam, Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
02.2012 - 12.2012 Exchange year, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
10.2005 - 07.2009 Bachelor of Arts in European Studies, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
09.2008 - 12.2008 Exchange semester, Science PO (IEP) - Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux

 

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Articles

YearTitleAuthor
2011Energiepolitik in Deutschland: Zwischen „ökologischer Industriepolitik“ und klimapolitischem Pragmatismus. Seoul: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (erschienen auf Koreanisch)Fischer, Severin; Bäthge, Sandra
2010Klimawandel und Gender: Wirtschaftliche Stärkung von Frauen durch Klimaschutz und Klimaanpassung. Diskussionspapier. GTZ: Eschborn.Bäthge, Sandra
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On-going Projects

ProjectBeginEndClient
Evaluation of refugee projects supported by the Representative of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration4/20193/2020Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge, M.A. Niklas Zierke

Partner: IMAP GmbH

Description

In 2019, 25 refugee projects are being supported by the Representative of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration in three areas, i.e. strengthening volunteers in refugee assistance, empowerment and prevention of violence, and political and social participation. The funding aims at contributing to an improved integration of refugees in Germany. The goal of the evaluation is to assess the goal achievement, efficacy and efficiency of the funded projects and to develop recommendations for future funding of such projects. At the same time the evaluation shall support the projects in setting up and implementing a results-based monitoring system. The evaluation is designed as an accompanying evaluation with formative and summative elements. It also involves a capacity building component. In terms of methodology, the evaluation will rely on a mix of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods. Among others, a document review, guided interviews, focus group discussions as well as an online survey are planned.
Evaluation des Programms "DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships"12/20187/2019Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

Since 2008 the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German AcademicExchange Service (DAAD) are jointly implementing a research fellowship programme with a focus on energy, aeronautics, space and transport related disciplines. The programme aims at contributing to the internationalization of DLR institutes as well as promoting researchers who maintain a relation to Germany as partners and friends. The goal of the evaluation is twofold. On the one hand, it shall assess the programme’s medium- and long-term effects. On the other hand, it is expected to identify potentials for improvement and come up with suggestions for necessary adaptions in view of a possible future continuation of the programme. In terms of methodology, the evaluation will rely on a mix of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods. Among others, guided interviews, focus group discussions, on-site visits as well as an online survey are planned.
Meta-Evaluation of ADA Project and Programme Evaluations 2016-20188/201812/2018Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge, Teresa Böttcher

Description

Subject of the meta-evaluation are ADA evaluations of development cooperation projects and programmes implemented between 2016 and 2018. The objective is to assess the quality and usefulness of ADA’s (internal and external) evaluations and to deliver recommendations on how to improve the ADA evaluation tool for the design and implementation of future evaluations.

A document analysis of the evaluation reports is at the heart of the meta-evaluation. Based on a detailed analysis protocol the quality of said reports will be assessed. The use of such a protocol, which will cover all relevant analysis dimensions, indicators and rating scales, will guarantee that the meta-evaluation results will be transparent and reliable. In order to also evaluate the usefulness for and use of the evaluations under study, their target audience (e.g. programme managers) will be interviewed via guided individual and group interviews and – in order to achieve the greatest possible representativeness of the results – a semi-standardized online survey.
Scientific support of an impact analysis of the project “egal war gestern” (towards sustainability at vocational schools)6/20188/2019Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern (LBV) e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

The Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern (LBV) e.V. for the second time is implementing the project “Towards sustainability at vocational schools” in the school term 2018/19. It aims at mobilizing the youth for matters of sustainability. More precisely, the project is geared towards students at Bavarian vocational schools who find themselves in the important period of professional orientation. The goal is to direct their attention to sustainability questions and to strengthen their awareness of those issues. To achieve this goal, the students are expected to independently implement projects in their respective schools in order to contribute to a more sustainable school life.

The project is subject to an impact analysis, which is being jointly implemented by LBV and CEval GmbH within the context of an accompanying evaluation. The purpose is to determine whether the intended effects of the project are actually achieved, that is, whether the attitudes and behavior of the participating students actually change in relation to sustainability matters and whether those matters are more readily integrated into the everyday life at Bavarian vocational schools. In terms of methodology the analysis will be based on a standardized survey before and after the project with both the participating students and a comparison group of students. Furthermore, there will be guided interviews with the teachers who support the students in the implementation of their projects before and after the project.
Evaluation of the Project "Protecting, promoting and involving children in refugee camps (Hamburg)"4/20186/2018Plan International Deutschland e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Contact Person: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

Plan International Deutschland e. V. is committed to implement the international minimum standards for the protection of children in humanitarian crises. The project "Protecting, promoting and involving children in refugee camps" is implemented in two refugee camps in Hamburg between July 2017 and June 2018. It aims at strengthening the safety of refugee children and youth, creating a child-friendly environment and ensuring child protection in refugee camps. The overall goal of the project is to reduce the risks for children and young people to such an extent that their well-being is ensured. This is done by creating a positive environment for children and young people in which children's rights are respected.

The overall objective of the evaluation is to assess the project in a summative way. At the same time, in view of the ongoing work with children and young people in refugee contexts, this evaluation also identifies potential for improvement and gives evidence-based recommendations for action. With a strong focus on the OECD/DAC evaluation criterion of effectiveness, this evaluation will show to what extent the project was able to achieve its goals and to what extent its activities were appropriate in this regard.

From a methodological point of view, a participatory evaluation approach and a multi-method approach are applied. The combination of different data collection and evaluation methods will take into account the special requirements of the subject matter and the target group of children and young people. Therefore, the evaluation team will conduct guideline-based expert interviews and focus group discussions and will apply creative methods for qualitative data collection amongst children.

Evaluation of the project Media in Libya: Stability through reconciliation1/20188/2020DW Akademie

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

The object of this evaluation is the project Media in Libya: Stability through reconciliation (MLSR) of the DW Akademie. MLSR is a follow-up of the precursor project Media in Libya: Stability through Structure. The overall goal of MLSR is to “enable a process of public discourse and eventually reconciliation across a fragmented Libyan society – prerequisites for development of democratic reform and constitutional process in the country.” by “promoting [the] right to access to information to the people of Libya and [the] freedom of expression in Libya” (DW Akademie, 2017, p. 4). The approach of MLSR is fourfold (i.e., four activity clusters): (1) supporting Libyan institutions/authorities efforts in the field of media governance, (2) developing a Libyan Media Network, (3) training local freelance journalists from all regions of Libya with a special focus on ethnic minorities and gender, and (4) providing grants for Libyan media projects.

The evaluation of MLSR can be considered as a planned impact evaluation, which needs valid qualitative/quantitative data on the situation at the beginning of MLSR (i.e., baseline). The second stage of evaluation (i.e., interim evaluation) will start in January 2019. Comparing the results of baseline and interim evaluation, the evaluators will be able to identify and assess the preliminary effects of MLSR. Moreover, the evaluators may give first recommendations on how to improve MLSR (e.g., identification of [un]successful project strategies, alternative actions). The third stage of evaluation will start shortly after the end of MLSR (i.e., January 2021). The main goal of the final evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of MLSR (i.e., achievements in relevant targeted areas).

Taking into account Libya’s highly volatile and difficult context, we will rely on a robust mixed-method approach: secondary document/data analyses, content analyses of short written guided and in-depth oral guided interviews, and statistical analysis of quantitative of survey data.
Data collection for the certificate “Fan project in accordance with the National Plan for Safety in Sports” (German: „Fanprojekt nach dem Nationalen Konzept Sport und Sicherheit“)10/201712/2019Koordinationsstelle Fanprojekte bei der Deutschen Sportjugend (KOS)

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

In Germany, there is a dense network of social work institutions in the field of adolescent soccer fans (“fan projects”) that work in accordance with the National Plan for Safety in Sports (German: Nationales Konzept Sport und Sicherheit). A certification of those fan projects has been launched in 2010. Offering fan projects an instrument of quality control, the certification is intended to pursue multiple goals: (a) establishing a common standard for fan projects, (b) increasing confidence in the work of fan projects, and (c) improving the working context of fan projects. The certificate has been awarded by the Quality Management Group of the Centre for Fan Project Coordination of the German Sports Youth (German: Koordinationsstelle Fanprojekte bei der Deutschen Sportjugend). Members of the Quality Management Group belong to several stakeholder groups: soccer, federal authorities (for family affairs), science, and fan projects themselves.

During a first subproject (5/2015-6/2016), the CEval GmbH (a) revised the certification process, (b) tested the revised certification process on five fan projects, and (c) developed a standardized, feasible concept for collecting information necessary for certification. Thereby the certificate attests fan projects’ high quality of work. For more information, click here (German only).

Within the ongoing second subproject, CEval GmbH supports the nationwide roll-out of the revised certification by collecting all necessary information on all the remaining German soccer fan projects.
Evaluation of the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change7/20176/2020Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus, Selina Röhrig, M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Partner: adelphi

Description

The German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS) and the corresponding Adaptation Action Plan are the main pillars of Germany’s climate policy. The Federal Government aims to reduce the vulnerability of the economy, the environment and society to the effects of climate change in the long term. To this end, a number of concrete measures have recently been implemented at various levels. In order to successfully adapt to climate change and to continue to develop the national climate change strategy, it is important to critically reflect on the current process as well as to acknowledge achievements and possible shortcomings.

The overarching goal of the evaluation commissioned by the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) is to determine whether the national adaptation strategy represents a successful approach for increasing the adaptive capacity and reducing the vulnerability of natural, social and economic systems to the effects of climate change. The evaluation includes three central parts: (1) the process of developing and implementing the strategy on the nationl level (2) the implementation status of the adaptation measures at the federal level and (3), an impact assessment of the strategy's effects on the vulnerability and adaptative capacities of natural, social and economic systems.

The Center for Evaluation (CEval) implements the evaluation together with adelphi. To do so, a methodology will be used which was developed in a previous project and which has already been adopted politically. With the use of central evaluation questions as well as a policy impact model, data will be initially collected using a variety of methods (interviews, document analysis etc.). Using defined evaluation criteria, a comprehensive data analysis and evaluation will be carried out. The results and hypotheses will be reflected in a Delphi method and then condensed.
Framework contract for developing and implementing effect-oriented monitoring systems for DAAD programs6/20165/2020Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

The aim of this project is to empower the DAAD to be able to cope with the increasing challenges in terms of results-based monitoring and control systems. Orienting itself more strongly to actual developmental results and ensuring a stronger focus on its partners’ needs (managing for results), the DAAD, as mediating party, is depending on evidence based planning, controlling, and reporting of project performing parties (i.e., universities). The monitoring systems to be implemented in this project are considered to increase the quality of information on program activities - in the context of project performing parties’ accounting as well within interactions between project parties in general (i.e., funding organization, DAAD, and university). Thereby, future monitoring systems promote collaborative learning and strategic development of DAAD’s funding programs.

In this project, CEval is mainly working in the following areas: developing of specific results models and indicator catalogues for existing as well as for future funding programs; adapting existing monitoring processes, procedures, and instruments for project planning, project controlling, and project reporting within DAAD’s funding programs; development of program-specific monitoring concepts and their realization. Moreover, CEval will provide employees of DAAD and of universities with training on results-based planning and monitoring (capacity building).

Former Projects

ProjectBeginEndClient
Accompanying evaluation of the support programme of the AMASE Master’s programme8/201811/2018European School of Materials (EUSMAT)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge, Dr. Cornelia Römling

Description

Together with a consortium of three other European universities (Luleå Technical University, Sweden, Barcelona Tech, Spain and Université de Lorraine, France) the European School of Materials (EUSMAT) at Saarland University offers the international Master’s programme AMASE (Advanced Materials Science and Engineering). Its students have the opportunity to participate in an Integration Week in Saarbrücken right at the beginning of their studies, which aims at providing an orientation with regards to the course of the AMASE programme as well as strengthening the students’ soft skills through a number of trainings. After the first year of study in the two-year AMASE programme, the students furthermore have the opportunity to take part in a Professional Summer School aiming at facilitating their career entry. Both events are part of the AMASE support programme and were evaluated within the context of an accompanying evaluation. The main goal was to determine the use of those events for their respective target groups. In methodological terms two standardized surveys as well as a number of focus group discussions were conducted with participants of the two events.
Analysis of the 2018 Forum Fairer Handel consumer survey3/20188/2018Forum Fairer Handel

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

Since 2007 Forum Fairer Handel has repeatedly mandated the implementation of representative surveys on Fair Trade among the German population. In 2018 the most recent survey has been conducted. Apart from various aspects of Fair Trade consumption the survey also covered questions on the attitudes of the interviewees concerning the political claims of Fair Trade. Forum Fairer Handel has mandated CEval GmbH with the analysis of the survey data. Descriptive statistics have been applied during the analysis. Furthermore, in relation to some questions the differences in responses between groups have been checked. Whenever data from previous surveys was available, developments and trends over time have also been demonstrated.
Meta-Evaluation of Plan International evaluation reports2/20184/2018Plan International Deutschland e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling, M.A. Sandra Bäthge, Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Description

Plan International is working for many years now in Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift children out of poverty. The German National Office of Plan International was founded in 1989, and has been contributing to funding development projects and programs as well as funding and commissioning external evaluations. Plan International Germany decided to implement a meta-evaluation of evaluation reports conducted between 2013 and 2017 covering all geographical working areas. The primary objectives of the meta-evaluation were to assess the strengths and weaknesses by analyzing the quality of the evaluation reports, to identify the success and risk factors that may affect their quality and to give recommendations. A particular focus was laid upon the influence of the type of evaluation (i.e. by whom it is coordinated and implemented) and the available resources and timeframe. The meta-evaluation was based on the analysis of the evaluation reports. The document analysis was structured in two phases. While in the first phase (pre-rating) the completeness of the evaluation reports was assessed, in a second phase (in-depth analysis), a more comprehensive set of quality assessment criteria was applied on a sample of reports, to allow for a more detailed assessment of the validity of their findings and usefulness to their addressees. Comprehensive analysis tools were used to analyze the completeness of the reports as well as the validity of findings and the usefulness of evaluation reports.
Program Evaluation "Support in Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Integration in the Field of Quality Infrastructure (QI) in SAARC"9/20162/2017Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

With this regional Project, PTB Germany aims to reduce the technical barriers to trade by fostering cooperation among the SAARC countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Buthan, Maldives, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka) in the field of metrology, accreditation and standardization. The Project targeted professional and Management staff of national QI-institutions as well as ministries relevant to the QI-System. Amongst others, measures lige Trainings and awareness raising Events have been taken and consultancy has been provided.

The evaluation combined qualitative and quantitative methods (mixed method design). A document Analysis and qualitative interviews with different stakeholders from all SAARC countries during a field visit to Bangladesh, Bhutan and India, and an online Survey of fromer metrology and accreditation Training participants in awareness raising Events have been carried out.

By statistical data and qualitative Content Analysis, the evaluation aims to provide empirical evidence about the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the Project (DAC criteria) and the success factores for the observed results and change processes (Capacity Works criteria: strategy, cooperation, steering structure, processes, learning and innovation).

Thereby, it will contribute to the further development of the Project approach and ist revision in view of future activities by PTB (in the region). The evaluation results will also be used as a Basis to decide on a follow-up project and on potentially necessary adaptions of its design.
Trend and impact study on fair trade in Germany8/20158/2016Transfair, Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt, MISEREOR, Brot für die Welt, Forum Fairer Handel; mit Unterstützung der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

Fair trade has been an issue in Germany for over 40 years now and has received increasing public awareness ever since. The impacts of fair trade in the producer countries of fairly traded goods and products have been the subject of numerous studies. By contrast, insights on how fair trade affects the consumer countries of these goods and products to date are scarce. The study implemented by CEval on fair trade in Germany addresses this gap. It aims at identifying the societal changes and trends that have been evoked by fair trade in Germany and to determine how the fair trade movement contributed to these changes. In doing so, a participative approach shall make sure that the expertise and perspectives of relevant actors are adequately reflected in the study. Furthermore, the study approaches its research subject drawing on a theory-based approach and employs a balanced mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Data collection will thus encompass an intensive desk study, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, online surveys and computer assisted telephone interviews. The analysis of the data will among others involve qualitative content analyses, time series analyses as well as descriptive statistics. Upon completion of the analyses the findings will be presented in a report and reflected upon with the commissioners and supporters of the study during a final workshop.
Accompanying evaluation of the career support program 'Securing talents – shaping the future'6/201512/2016Cusanuswerk - Bischöfliche Studienförderung

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: Dr. Vera Hennefeld, M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

The program “Securing talents – shaping the future” by the Cusanuswerk aims to support future female leaders. The program focuses on mentoring elements that is tutorial support for scholarship holders by professionally experienced academics. It also focuses on occupationally specific training and support measures as well as on building a peer-network. The Center for Evaluation (CEval) has been conducting accompanying external evaluations to ensure quality management since the start of the career support program in 2007. An accompanying evaluation will also take place during the fifth program run in 2015/16. The main task of this evaluation is to provide the responsible employees with management-related information. In this context, questions regarding satisfaction with the offered events, quality of tutorial relationships as well as questions regarding professional and personal use of the relationships for both sides are especially relevant. The evaluation concept is based on Stufflebeam’s CIPP model and comparability of evaluation results regarding different program runs since the start of the career support program has been ensured. In regards to methods, the evaluation covers standardized questionnaires of mentees and mentors compared at three points in time. We will also conduct an alumni-survey of mentees that have been supported thus far.
Synthesis of three PTB technical cooperation instrument evaluations5/20158/2015Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

CEval has been mandated by Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) to synthesize the results of three PTB instrument evaluations. In 2014 PTB had commissioned separate evaluations of three of its technical cooperation instruments: CALIDENA, QuISP and NMI-Metrology User Relations, of which the first two evaluations have been implemented by CEval. Their findings shall now be aggregated, compared and contrasted in order to extract overarching success factors and lessons learnt and generate relevant recommendations, among others, with regard to the future incorporation of the three instruments into PTB technical cooperation. To that end, CEval will qualitatively analyze the information contained in the evaluation reports and collect complementary information by conducting a number of qualitative expert interviews. The synthesis results will be presented in an evaluation report and a workshop will be held to present them to PTB management and staff.
Compliation of methodological approaches and experiences for impact Evaluations of Training and capacity building measures in the public sector3/20158/2015Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Centro de Investigación y Capacitatión en Administración Pública (CICAP)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

In cooperation with the Costa Rican institute CICAP, CEval counselled the GIZ program CADESAN in the Andean region. The regional program supports the development of capacity building measures on decentralization and modernization in the public sector. The consultancy aimed at providing GIZ and its partners with an analysis and compilation of possible methodological approaches to evaluate the impacts of capacity building and training measures. To that end, various approaches and evaluation designs, their applicability in the respective realm as well as international experiences and practices were analyzed. The results were discussed with GIZ and its partners during a training designed for that purpose.
Evaluation of CALIDENA – A participative instrument to support the improvement of quality infrastructures8/20143/2015Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

CEval has been mandated by Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) to conduct the evaluation of CALIDENA, a participative approach to systematically and sustainably support the improvement of national quality infrastructures in developing countries. The evaluation will systematize the experiences that have been made with the instrument so far and, on that basis, aims at delivering relevant information for the enhancement of the instrument and its transfer to and application in new contexts.
To that end, CEval employs a mixed-method approach. Data will be collected using qualitative expert interviews, quantitative surveys, participant observation and group discussions. Once the analysis of the data thus gathered has been finalized, the evaluation results will be presented in an evaluation report and nurture the overall evaluation synthesis of various PTB instruments in the area of quality infrastructure development, which is also being implemented by CEval.
University Cooperation with Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), with Funding Provided by the DAAD Program “Subject-Specific Partnerships with Universities in Developing Countries”1/201212/2015Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Sandra Bäthge, Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Description

Having completed a successful 3-year cooperation focusing on the further development of the postgraduate study programme “Project and Programme Evaluation for Social Development” established at Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) in 1995, the Center for Evaluation (CEval) and the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) identified and realised new areas of cooperation. Since 2008, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has supported this cooperation with its funding project for sending German academics to universities in developing countries. Since 2012, the DAAD has also provided funding through the programme “Subject-Specific Partnerships with Universities in Developing Countries” (2012-2015), financially ensuring the plans to enhance the partnership between the two universities in Germany and Costa Rica.

The goal of the DAAD programme was to improve the teaching situation and to set up sustainable teaching structures in developing countries by facilitating academic exchange. Therefore, the international exchange between students, PhD candidates and lecturers was one of the most important aspects in the context of this enhanced cooperation. The focus also laid on opening up the master programme to other Central-American areas (regionalisation), embedding the partnership into an existing, international network (internationalisation), and adapting teaching of the master programme at UCR to regional demands and ensuing educational needs (creating a distinct programme profile). The four year partnership helped establishing or expanding regional and international professional networks and developing additional capacities regarding teaching and research.

It is planned to continue with the partnership in 2017 and integrate another Latinamerican university into the cooperation.
Beratung des Master of Evaluation Studienprogramms der Universidad de Costa Rica im Rahmen des DAAD-Beraterprogramms7/20086/2012Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: M.A. Sandra Bäthge

Description

Zwischen dem Centrum für Evaluation (CEval) und der Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) besteht seit einigen Jahren eine Kooperation zur Weiterentwicklung des seit 1995 implementierten ‚Masterstudiengangs in Evaluation von Projekten und Programmen zur sozialen Entwicklung’ der UCR. Im Rahmen dieser Vernetzungsbestrebungen soll zukünftig auch ein Dozenten- und Studierendenaustausch zwischen den beiden Masterstudiengängen in Evaluation stattfinden. Dieses Vorhaben stieß bei dem DAAD auf breite Anerkennung und wird durch das Beraterprogramm des DAAD seit 2008 auch finanziell unterstützt.

Das Beratungskonzept sieht insgesamt acht Arbeitsaufenthalte/-treffen in Costa Rica und Deutschland vor. Im Rahmen der ersten vier Workshops wurden u. a. umfassende Veränderungen am Curriculum des „Master of Evaluation“- Studienprogramms der Universidad de Costa Rica vorgenommen, um diesen gemäß internationalen Anforderungen an Masterstudiengänge weiterzuentwickeln und an die im internationalen Evaluationskontext geltenden Standards für die Aus- und Weiterbildung zu überarbeiten. Darüber hinaus wurden die Marktbedürfnisse für einen akademischen Evaluationsabschluss in Costa Rica mithilfe einer Marktanalyse in sechs zentralamerikanischen Ländern eruiert und den Dozenten des Masterstudiengangs erste Weiterbildungsmaßnahmen zu Indikatorenentwicklung und Standards für Evaluation angeboten. In zukünftigen Arbeitstreffen wird basierend auf den Ergebnissen der durchgeführten Marktstudie eine Marketingstrategie für den Studiengang auf zentralamerikanischer Ebene entwickelt. Darüber hinaus sollen eine Bedarfs- und Praktikabilitätsanalyse des in Kooperation reformierten und in 2011 neu zu implementierenden Curriculums des Master of Evaluation Studienprogramms der Universidad de Costa Rica realisiert, weitere Dozentenfortbildungen für die erfolgreiche Umsetzung des modifizierten Studienprogramms angeboten sowie Anpassungen des überarbeiteten Masterstudiengangs an Gegebenheiten vor Ort vorgenommen werden.

Daneben werden Möglichkeiten der Verstetigung und Vertiefung der Kooperation zwischen beiden Hochschulen analysiert und weiterer Kooperationspartner für zukünftige Kooperationsstrategien identifiziert.

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