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Tatjana Mauthofer, M.A.

 

Projekt Manager

(CEval GmbH)

E-Mail: t.mauthofer(at)ceval.de
Telephone: +49 (0)681 - 302 - 35 32
Fax: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 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:
Development cooperation
Quantitative and qualitative methods
M&E frameworks
Sustainability
Social Entrepreneurship

Professional Career

since 09.2017 Project Manager at CEval GmbH, Saarbruecken
04.2016 - 08.2017 Consultant, Impact Evaluation, 4th Wheel Social Impact in Mumbai (India)
09.2014 - 01.2016 Project Manager International Relations & Academia, Grameen Creative Lab, Wiesbaden
10.2012 - 03.2013 GIZ Scholarship - Trainee at 4th Wheel Social Impact, Ahmedabad (Indien)
07.2012 - 09.2012 Intern, CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg e.V., Bonn
03.2011 - 07.2011 Intern, Sustainable Rural Development, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) gGmbH, Lima (Peru)

Education

10.2012 - 09.2015
Master of Arts (M.A.), International Development Studies, University of Marburg
08.2011 - 01.2012 Exchange Semester at Pontificia Universidad Cátolica de Valparaíso, Chile
09.2009 - 07.2012 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), International Business and Economics, ESB Business School, Reutlingen
07.2009
School leaving examination at Raichberg-Gymnasium Ebersbach
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On-going Projects

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Evaluation of a Capacity Development Project on Child Protection Systems in Ethiopia and India8/201812/2018Kindernothilfe e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Contact Person: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

Worldwide across all socio-economic backgrounds, cultures and religions, children are exposed to a wide spectrum of risk factors in their daily lives. Considering the complexity and interconnectedness of underlying causes, functioning child protection systems have proven to be key to address risk factors and prevent violence, exploitation and abuse. Kindernothilfe, jointly with Karl Kübel Stiftung, Child Fund and terre des hommes, initiated the project titled “Development and implementation of institutional child safeguarding policies as well as networking with local child protection systems through at least 240 organizations in nine countries in Asia and Africa” in 2014. With the project ending in December 2018, the consortium commissioned the Center for Evaluation in August 2018 to conduct an evaluation to understand the impact of the project as well as retrieve learnings and recommendations for future interventions of similar character. A crucial part of the assignment is to retrospectively develop the Theory of Change (ToC) of the project in a participatory manner, integrating consortium members, national trainers as well as the target group and final beneficiaries in the process. The ToC will guide the evaluation while being further validated during the course of the evaluation. Field visits take place in Ethiopia and South India in October 2018. In total, six partner organizations are visited and interviews and focus group discussions are hold. Children are included in the evaluation by making use of participatory research tools, such as Picture Talk and Smiley-face scales. Each field visit ends with a one-day workshop to which all participating organizations of the respective region are invited. During the workshop preliminary findings and the ToC are shared, discussed and validated. Eventually, data from both field visits is analyzed and findings are reported to the consortium partners.

Former Projects

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Evaluation of APPEAR projects (programme periods I and II)3/20188/2018Österreichischer Austauschdienst (OeAD)-GmbH

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling, M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

The Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR) is conceived, guided and financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) to implement its ‘Higher Education and Scientific Cooperation strategy in support of Higher Education and Research for Development on an academic institutional level. The funded projects are implemented by the Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OeAD GmbH). APPEARs overall objective is to strengthen the institutional capacities in higher education, research and management through Academic Partnerships with Austrian higher education institutions and through scholarships. The partnerships aim to improve the general standards in higher education, research and management by means of knowledge sharing and designing innovative projects. The achievement of these objectives should finally contribute to effective and sustainable reduction of poverty in the partner countries. The overarching goal of the evaluation was to assess the ongoing and completed projects of the APPEAR periods I and II. Thereby, it provided insights about the projects adherence to the APPEAR guidelines and basic principles during their implementation, and about the extent to which they were to achieve their objectives and results. Furthermore, the projects were assessed according to the OECD/DAC criteria Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. The objective of the evaluation was to identify the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of the APPEAR projects and present conclusions, lessons learnt and recommendations for the remaining or future projects.

The evaluation made use of a variety of methods. Primary data was collected during project visits to Ethiopia and Uganda, interviews and focus group discussions with project partners in Austria as well as virtual interviews with staff and key stakeholders of two projects in Nicaragua. The data collection instruments also comprised semi-standardized surveys, programme and project documentations and previous programme evaluations.
Meta-Evaluation of 34 evaluation reports of World Vision Deutschland12/20173/2018World Vision Deutschland e.V. (WVD)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer, Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Description

For the third time, World Vision Germany (WVG) commissioned CEval to conduct a meta-evaluation of evaluation reports of its supported development programmes. In total, 34 evaluation reports of the financial years of 2016 and 2017 were included, to analyze their quality and validity. The meta-evaluation was based on an analysis matrix, jointly created by CEval and WVG, which is structured along the main criteria of voice and inclusion, transparency, methodology, triangulation, contribution, satisfaction of information needs, conceptualization of findings and the newly added criterion of sustainability. Firstly, criteria were assessed systematically along pre-defined sub-questions and corresponding scales. Secondly, results were then aggregated and visualized. Lastly, the results were compared with previous meta-evaluations and trends were discussed.
Meta-evaluation and synthesis of Christoffel Blindenmission evaluation reports12/20172/2018Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: M.Sc. Elisabeth Schneider

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer, Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Description

On behalf of the Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM), CEval conducted an evaluation and synthesis of 24 evaluation reports from 2016 and 2017. With its mandate to transform the lives of disabled people in the world’s poorest countries the project focus of CBM has been an exhaustive collaboration with as well as the promotion of local partners in developing countries and conflict areas. The primary purpose of the evaluation and synthesis was to conduct a general assessment of the evaluation reports’ quality and summarize findings of those reports that pass the quality control. In a first step, to ensure homogeneity of data, the quality of reports was assessed systematically by creating a quality control analysis grid. Reports that fulfil minimum quality standards were then subjected to an in-depth analysis based on the evaluation questions of CBM. Main interest of the synthesis was to drew up general learnings along CBM’s mandate areas and examine the actual contribution of joint projects to changes for CBM partners and clients. Lastly, by employing an online survey directed to end users of project evaluations, the evaluation inquired the usage and usefulness of the evaluation reports for CBM staff members in seven world regions.
Meta-evaluation of project and programme evaluations 2015-20179/20172/2018Finnisches Außenministerium

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Dr. Cornelia Römling, Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth, M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland commissioned CEval together with Particip and Indufor to conduct a meta-evaluation of their evaluations of development cooperation programmes and projects. The Finnish Ministry is regularly conducting meta-evaluations and subject to this meta-evaluation are the evaluations from 2015-2017.

The meta-evaluation has been initiated to improve evaluation reports, evaluation management practices and evaluation capacity development and furthermore to identify possible gaps in the Finnish evaluation practice. Furthermore, also the content of the evaluation reports was the focus e.g. the success in achieving the DAC-Criteria and further Finnish Cross Cutting Topics like gender equality or climate sustainability were evaluated.

A document analysis of the evaluation reports has been at the heart of the meta-evaluation to assess first the quality and afterwards the content of the evaluation reports. Different assessment tools were developed to provide a feasible and reliable assessment process. In the quality check the evaluation reports were reviewed for the existence of information essential to understand the evaluation object, process and results. Additionally, methodological requirements were assessed e.g. data and method triangulation or the logical flow from data over findings and conclusions to recommendations. Another tool was used for the content analysis in which the achievements with respect to the different evaluation criteria as well as conclusions and recommendations were analysed in detail in a semi-structured way.
Mid-Term Evaluation of the “ASEAN Secretariat Post 2015 – Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Development” project (Jakarta, Indonesia)8/201711/2017Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

The ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are jointly implementing the capacity building project "ASEAN Secretariat Post 2015 – Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Development (2016-2018)", which has been commissioned by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since June 2016 the project has continued Human Capacity Development activities directly and indirectly (through consultants) to support ASEC’s strategic administration departments and staff units. To assess the progress of the current project phase and retrieve lessons learned, CEval was commissioned to conduct a mid-term evaluation based on the OECD DAC criteria, concretizing and complementing the standardized evaluation questions as per context and project management needs. CEval opted to perform a contribution analysis, considering ASEC’s institutional framework conditions and the entire field of actors.

By doing so, CEval applies a participatory, theory-based multi-method approach. In a first step, internal project documentation and secondary data sources are reviewed to gain a better understanding of the project. Secondly, qualitative primary data is conducted from key informant interviews with GIZ and ASEC staff, ASEC focal contacts, the German Embassy, Dialogue Partners at ASEC, external experts and contractors. Thirdly, regarding quantitative primary data collection, an online-based survey is set up and distributed among workshop and training participants. To ensure objectivity, reliability and validity of results, data is triangulated whenever possible. Results of the mid-term evaluation enable informed decision-making of management and foster learning and improvement of present and future initiatives.
Impact Study: Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reduction through Rural Development, Follow-up study 20174/20172/2018TransFair Germany (TFG)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.Sc. Elisabeth Schneider, Friederike von Cölln, M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

TransFair e.V. aims at strengthening the objectives of Fairtrade and enabling producers in the Global South to make a living of the products they produce. Among other things, this should be achieved by establishing long-term and as direct as possible relations between producer organizations in the Global South and markets in the Global North and by complying with standards such as the legal minimum wage, wearing protective clothing, paid vacation and social insurance for workers working on plantations. In order to assess the impact of Fairtrade on the socioeconomic environment of producers, TransFair e.V. and the Swiss Max Havelaar Foundation had commissioned CEval in 2011 to carry out the impact Evaluation "Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade on Poverty Reduction through Rural Development." The study was the first of its kind to analyze the potential contribution of Fairtrade to improve the living conditions in rural areas. The study design covered the countries Ghana, India, Kenya and Peru and the product categories banana, cotton, flower, coffee, cocoa and tea. 2017, in its 25th anniversary year, TransFair e.V. wanted to follow up on the previous findings and commissioned CEval for the second time, enabling the assessment of longitudinal (comparison over time) and cross-sectional (FT and non-FT case study comparison) changes. A theory-based contribution analysis was applied, considering FT’s Theory of Change and the indicators of the committee on sustainability assessment (COSA). Following a case study approach, the findings were mainly based on primary qualitative data collected via Focus Group Discussions, Key Informant Interviews and observations. A participatory quantitative seed assessment to assess perception changes over the last five years complemented the field research, which took place between October 2017 and January 2018. Findings were, eventually, structured along the economic, social and ecological dimension of the COSA indicators.
Consultancy Services for the Development of a Project Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for ASEAN Cooperation Projects4/20171/2018Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: M.A. Tatjana Mauthofer

Description

CEval was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to provide consultancy on the development of a Project Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (PMEF) for ASEAN Cooperation Projects, which is part of the ‘ASEAN Secretariat Post 2015 – Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Development’ project, an initiative under ASEAN-Germany cooperation implemented by GIZ. Prime task was to look into the ASEAN Secretariat’s corporate monitoring and evaluation processes and to provide expert support for refining the ASEAN Secretariat’s Project M&E framework. Special emphasis was put on providing support in harnessing and consolidating the monitoring and evaluation framework for ASEAN cooperation projects.

During the consultancy a number of stakeholder consultations as well as a three-day method training were conducted. The consultations and training served to improve the M&E capacities of key staff and to create a common discussion forum for different departments across the three pillars for exchanging views, and developing ownership and acceptance among the same.

The final report consolidates lessons learned, describes best practices within the sector, and develops concepts, possible mechanisms and recommendations on implementing a functional PMEF.
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