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Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

 

Wome

Research Associate (CEval GmbH)

E-Mail: c.gollan(at)ceval.de
Telephone: +49 (0)681 - 302 - 23 32
Fax: +49 (0)681 - 302 - 38 99
Office hours: by appointment
Address:
CEval GmbH
Im Stadtwald, Building C 5.3
66123 Saarbruecken
Areas of responsibility:
Contract research
Business development
Main areas of emphasis:
Evaluation research
Development cooperation
Qualitative and quantitative methods
Impact evaluation

 

Professional Career

Since 06.2014 Research associate at the CEval GmbH
08.2009 - 06.2014 Research assistant at the Department for Cooperative Studies, University of Cologne
09.2008 - 11.2008 Student assistant at the Department for Cooperative Studies, University of Cologne
03.2005

Student apprentice at Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action), Project "Promotion of urban agriculture for the improvement of the nutritional situation of urban families in three eastern provinces, Cuba

Education

Since 10.2009 Doctoral studies in Social Sciences, University of Cologne, Topic: "Improving access to healthcare in rural India through micro health insurance"
02.2006 – 06.2006 Studies at Universidad de Colima, Mexico
10.2002 – 09.2009 Diploma in Regional Studies of Latin America, University of Cologne, Empirical Diploma thesis: „Combating HIV/AIDS-related problems in Botswanna: the potential role of micro health insurance“
06.2003 Abitur (school leaving examination) at Max-Ernst-Gymnasium, Brühl
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On-going Projects

ProjectBeginEndClient
Impact Evaluation of WIENCO Ghana Ltd. Out-grower Schemes10/201512/2020Common fund for Commodities

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth, Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan, Felix Stips

Partner: German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Description

The overall objective of the impact evaluation is to measure and evaluate the investment of the Agricultural Trade and Investment Fund (AATIF) in two of WIENCO¡¦s out-grower schemes in Ghana. In particular, two out-grower arrangements, the Cocoa Abrabopa Association for cocoa farmers and the Masara N¡¦Arziki for maize farmers, are under investigation. The main interest lies in identifying the causal link between participating in WIENCO¡¦s out-grower arrangements and the following outcomes and their development over time:

  • Productivity Levels
  • Employment opportunities
  • Farm and overall household income
  • Living and working conditions
  • Risk exposure regarding total household income; and
  • Farm-households¡¦ risk coping strategies and mechanisms.

    This shall provide AATIF with evidence on the effectiveness of funding out-grower schemes. In addition a simplified tool allowing WIENCO to collect data on the key outcomes shall be designed.

    The 5-year evaluation will be conducted by a consortium of the Center for Evaluation (CEval) and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), together with Ghanaian partners. A mixed-method approach will be embedded in a profound contextual analysis. The evaluation will combine a quantitative analysis of household and village surveys with qualitative insight into WIENCO's impacts derived from focus group discussions (FGDs) and expert interviews. The reports will provide the counterpart with robust evaluation results while also presenting practical recommendations to improve WIENCO's activities.

Former Projects

ProjectBeginEndClient
Assessing Effectiveness and Impact of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)12/20158/2016Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), LBN Strategies

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling, Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global standard to promote open and accountable management of natural resources. It seeks to strengthen government and company systems, inform public debate, and enhance trust. In each implementing country it is supported by a coalition of governments, companies and civil society working together. The GIZ has mandated an evaluation of the initiative based on the following objectives:

  • Evaluate the outcomes, effectiveness and impact (positive and negative, intended and unintended) of EITI against the backdrop of the EITI MDTF Results Framework, and to shed light on the links between transparency, accountability and, possibly, wider development outcomes.
  • Assess EITI’s theory of change and the EITI MDTF Results Framework in order to develop an improved generic EITI Results Model and assist selected MSGs to develop specific national EITI Results Models and to derive impact-oriented indicators from it.

These objectives and the complexity of EITI‘s context required a tailor-made design. The methodology combined

  • macro-quantitative statistical analyses
  • in-depth case studies
  • participatory approaches to operationalization, data collection and analysis of findings.

Under the coordination of LBN Strategies and in collaboration with further consultants, the Center for Evaluation took the lead in the study component “Approaches and Methodology”.
Evaluation of the project "Set-up of a demand-oriented and regionally harmonized quality infrastructure in the Andean Region".9/20151/2016Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

CEval was mandated by Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) to evaluate the project “Set-up of a demand-oriented and regionally harmonized quality infrastructure in the Andean Region”. The project involved the countries of Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru and aimed at improving the services offered by local institutions of quality infrastructure (QI). The evaluation addressed the criteria developed by DAC (relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency, sustainability) and the components of the management model „Capacity Works” (strategy, cooperation, steering structure, processes, learning and innovation). Specific evaluation questions were:  How successful was the approach to develop regional QI-services?  To what extent do the partners consider the approach as appropriate?  Which success factors and lessons learnt can be identified?  How successful was the approach to develop sector-specific supply strategies in each country?  Which success factors and lessons learnt can be identified? First, the evaluation consulted project documents only to assess the possibility to conduct evaluations based solely on documents. After a first assessment of the results, these were complemented by interviews with project staff of the PTB and its partner institutions. >From this, recommendations for future projects and evaluations based solely on documents were derived.
Impact evaluation of the young leaders program "Agentes de Cambio" in Central America and the Dominican Republic2/20152/2016Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) contracted the Center for Evaluation to evaluate their young leaders program "Agentes de Cambio", which forms an integral part of the Foundation’s work and is active in countries such as Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama. The evaluation aims at understanding the impact of this program as a whole and at identifying country-specific characteristics. Based on these insights, it will provide recommendations for further improvements of the curriculum, adaptations of the project’s objectives and strategies and for improvement of steering mechanisms. Furthermore, the FES will be provided with a practical data collection tool for program monitoring and evaluation in the participating countries. In this evaluation, the CEval uses a quasi-experimental approach and combines semi-standardized online surveys with focus group discussions and expert interviews.
Conception, realization and analysis of an expert panel for the assessment of qualitative factors of the renewable energy sector in Chile11/20141/2015Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), supports the Chilean Energy Ministry in the implementation of measures for the diversification of the countries energy supply. One component of this program is a project to promote the development of solar energy use. At the beginning of the project, the quantitative and qualitative factors influencing the effectivity and sustainability and therefore the achievement of the project‘s objectives needed to be identified. Particularly for the documentation of qualitative factors it was necessary to gather empirical data through an expert panel, i.e. structured interviews with energy experts. In the context of this assignment, the CEval GmbH rendered the following services to GIZ: • Concept development: Identification of experts for the panel in coordination with GIZ, development of structured questionnaires for each group of stakeholders, development of a concept for future periodic panel interviews, development of a methodological concept for the long-term continuation of the expert Panel • Realization of the first data collection round • Analysis and reporting of the first data collection round • Development of a concept for the identification of quantitative impacts using the qualitative data, applying Stockmann‘s funnel approach”
Support for the compilation of possible methodological approaches to evaluating medium-term and long-term impacts of (policy) consulting in the specific context of the ECLAC project11/201411/2015Hertie School of Governance

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

In July 2014, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) started the consultancy project “Structural change for sustainable and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean” together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Currently, the project utilizes a monitoring system which allows tracking activities and consultancies carried out by ECLAC (inputs) and their utilization (outputs). Long-term impacts are not considered yet in this approach.

The Hertie-School of Governance (HSoG) was commissioned to elaborate possible methodological approaches to evaluating medium-term and long-term impacts of (policy) consulting in the specific context of the ECLAC project. Besides experience in policy consulting, this process also requires expertise in evaluation research and practice; therefore, the HSoG approached the Center for Evaluation (CEVAL) for collaboration. The consultancy comprises three work packages:

  • A general review of theoretical approaches to the evaluation of policy consulting (considering qualitative methods of empirical social research);

  • A review of practical experiences from policy consulting, if possible in similar contexts;

  • An outline of a methodological approach to measuring medium-term and long-term impacts based on the results of the first two work packages and adapted to the specific context of the collaboration with ECLAC.

    CEval primarily contributed to the third work package and developed a methodological approach which combines a overarching impact and program specific outcome M&E. The approach proposed comprises a mixture of methods such as document analysis, standardized (online) surveys and guided interviews with a panel of experts.

Development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Plan project “Champions of Change on Gender Equality and Girls’ Rights”6/20148/2015Plan International Deutschland e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

Plan International is a non-religious, non-political and non-governmental development organization working to bring lasting improvements in children’s lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In order to strengthen the promotion of gender equality and to engage boys and men in this work, Plan International Germany and Plan International Finland together with four Plan country offices from the region of the Americas implemented the pilot project „Adolescent Boys: Champions of Change on Gender Equality and Girls Rights“. The project built the capacity of male youth as peer educators for gender equality and was carried out in five countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Germany. The Center for Evaluation (CEval) evaluated the pilot project using quantitative and qualitative methods, identified lessons learnt and designed a monitoring and evaluation framework for the future implementation and upscaling of the project.
Development of an impact-orientated M&E-System in Germany for the Cooperation Platform of Latin America North (COPLAN)2/201412/2015Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Dr. Wolfgang Meyer

Staff: Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

Up to the present innovative environmental technologies are not sufficiently utilized in Mexico and Central America. One reason is the missing extension of modern environmental technologies in this region. That is the initial point of COPLAN (“Cooperation Platform of Latin America North”): The objective of COPLAN is the extension of (German) environmental technologies in Mexico and Central America to make a contribution to environment protection. In the last years the German environment economics has led the way worldwide and was responsible for many innovations in the area of application-oriented technologies. Three questions were the base of the survey, namely a) What is the export potential of the German industrial sector of environmental technologies? b) Correspond the German supply with the potential demand in Mexico and Central America? and c) Which export barriers exist and how they can be overcome?

Because of the intended project effects in Germany it was necessary to create another impact-orientated monitoring-system in Germany beside the local impact-orientated monitoring-system in Mexico. The central task was to create an impact-orientated Monitoring and Evaluation System for measuring the intended outcome of COPLAN in Germany. For this purpose the main task was to develop an extensive indicator raster and an investigation plan for implementing two panels measuring the changes of the two target groups, the German enterprises of environmental technologies on the one hand, and central multipliers of the German environment economics on the other hand. Following the development of the M&E system, the CEval was tasked with implementing the first wave of the panel design. This included quantitative as well as qualitative data collection methods (standardized survey with participating companies, a comparison group and multiplicators, analysis of documents and secondary data, guided expert interviews).
Multi-Country Evaluation of Regional Knowledge and Leadership Areas: Area 4: Inclusion of all Out of School Children in Quality Learning in CEE/CIS6/20137/2014United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

The purpose of the evaluation is (i) to assess the extent to which UNICEF’s contributions to programme interventions addressed major child rights violations in education, reduced equity gaps and led to impact results for children; and (ii) to draw from learning practices, innovations and models for future UNICEF country programming processes.
The objective is, therefore,
  •  to document and report on impact results in terms of changes in children’s life
  •  to assess and demonstrate how such results were made possible through system changes; and
  •  to document the contribution of UNICEF to these system changes.

In addition, the evaluation ensures that mechanisms for the assessment of impact results embrace issues of

  •  contextual adequacy (regarding tailoring programming approaches to the qualitative differences between inequities);
  •  coordination (with other stakeholders);
  •  (iii) coherence (across policies and other supporting interventions); and
  •  protection (in terms of adequacy of the response of the respective education systems to protecting vulnerable groups).

Ultimately, the evaluation will make a contribution towards improving future programming by adapting it to the specific groups of children out of school.
Development and Implementation of a M&E-System for the Plan Honduras Project "Prevention, Protection and rights Restitution for Girls and Boys survivors of sexual violence"7/20117/2015Plan International Deutschland e.V.

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

The overarching objective of the Plan Honduras project was that girls and boys are protected from sexual violence and had access to child friendly and competent prevention and attention mechanisms from local to national level. In order to achieve this objective, Plan Honduras developed an action programme that was to strengthen prevention, protection and attention capabilities for at-risk girls and boys and survivors of sexual violence in the family, community, municipality, departments and at the national level. The task of the Center for Evaluation (CEval) in this framework was to assist and consult the process of developing and implementing an impact oriented gender sensitive M&E-system that could be used throughout the project cycle and beyond. Therefore the CEval adviced and trained project executives and partners in order to enable them to systematically monitor and evaluate project related activities, to identify the most relevant aspects on all impact levels, to formulate impact oriented qualitative indicators for the project contributing to gender equality, to design a data collection plan and instruments and to solve occurring challenges during the data collection and analysis process. The knowledge transfer was facilitated through a combination of continuous consultancy, training measures and practical implementation of the consultancy and training content within an accompanied baseline study including a gender analysis as well as an accompanied interim and a final project evaluation.
Development and Implementation of a Gender-Sensitive Continuous M&E System for the Plan India Project “ENGENDERED! – Minimizing Gender Gap…“10/20088/2015Plan International Deutschland e.V.

Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini, Dipl.Reg.Wiss. Christina Gollan

Description

The aim of the project on behalf of Plan International India is to identify and eventually tackle structural causes of discrimination against women in India. To that end, responsible project managers of the partner organization should be enabled to implement gender-sensitive measures and to monitor and evaluate their impacts. The task of the Center for Evaluation (CEval) was to provide support for the development of verifiable impact hypotheses and a user-friendly M&E system in cooperation with responsible project managers. Right at the beginning of the project, during a workshop in 2008, the LogFrame developed by Plan India had been discussed and revised regarding the measurability of included indicators. Further proceedings were a local training session in 2009 and further consultation services in the course of the project. In 2015, CEval conducted a final evaluation of the project.
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