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Teresa Böttcher, M.A.

 

Project staff

(CEval GmbH)

E-Mail: t.boettcher(at)ceval.de
Telephone: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 35 61
Fax: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 38 99
Office hours: by appointment
Address:
CEval GmbH
Im Stadtwald Geb. C 5.3
66123 Saarbrücken
Areas of responsibility:  Contract research
Main areas of emphasis:
Development cooperation
Qualitative and quantitative methods

 

Beruflicher Werdegang

Since 10.2018
Trainee CEval GmbH, Saarbrücken
01.2015 - 04.2105
Intern at Ambio in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
08.2011 - 08.2012
Volunteer at the school "Centro de Desarrollo Pequeno Sol" with the "weltwärts"-program in Chiapas Mexiko

Ausbildung

08.2016 - 08.2018

Master's studies in Local Development, Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, Mexiko. Thesis: "Trayectorias de vida de jóvenes indígenas en San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas: pobreza, educación, agencia y acción afirmativa"

10.2012 - 12.2015
Bachelor's studies in International Economics and Development, Bayreuth University. Thesis: "Child Labor and Education in Mexiko - An empirical analysis using microdata"
08.2014 - 12.2014 Exchange semester at Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Brasilien
06.2011 School leaving examination at Gymnasium Schloss Neuhaus, Paderborn
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On-going Projects

ProjectBeginEndClient
Rapid Appraisal of three Moringa Investments10/20193/2020Agroforestry Technical Assistance Facility (ATAF)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Teresa Böttcher

Description

Moringa SCA SICAR is a private equity fund that has been established as a response to growing interest of the Financial and the Development sector on investments that provide for a financial, environmental and a social return at the same time. Moringa focuses on investments in agroforestry in African and Latin American Developing and Least Developed Countries. It applies agroforestry land use systems on a commercial basis with a nucleus commercial investment approach that integrates large numbers of neighbouring smallholder farmers and processors into its business model through contractual arrangements. The Agroforestry Technical Assistance Facility (ATAF) was created by Moringa Partnership to provide technical assistance in relation to investments of the Fund with the goal to amplify and upscale positive environmental and social impacts triggered through Moringa investments.

CEval GmbH has been instructed to conduct Baseline Rapid Appraisals for three Moringa Investments, focusing specifically on the livelihood situation of the farmers and other relevant target groups, such as factory workers. Methodologically, the Rapid Appraisals follow a mixed-methods approach, which includes a small survey with farmers for each Rapid Appraisal, as well as interviews with the relevant stakeholders. Rapid Appraisals are conducted for Moringa investments in Benin, Togo and Kenya.

Sector evaluation of climate projects within the framework of the BMZ Special Initiative on Climate of the Hanns Seidel Foundation e.V. 20198/201912/2019Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (HSS)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Laszlo Szentmarjay, Teresa Böttcher

Description

The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) has been receiving funds from the BMZ Special Initiative on Climate since 2011 and has carried out project activities in the fields of climate, environment and energy in numerous countries since then. The measures in this area are intended to make a contribution to environmental protection and nature conservation as a whole, to combating and adapting to climate change, to sustainable energy supply and resource efficiency, and to sustainable and environmentally conscious agriculture and forestry. A basic strategy was developed from the context of Hanns Seidel Foundation's current work abroad in the fields of climate, environment and energy and its attempts to find solutions to these topics at an international level. This strategy is evaluated by CEval GmbH using three projects in India, Bolivia and Namibia as examples.

From a methodological point of view, the evaluation includes a theory-based part, which consists of the reconstruction of the Theories of Change (ToC) of the three projects. In addition, the three selected projects are evaluated at project level, for which field phases have been carried out in all three countries and interviews with partners and target groups have been conducted. In addition, the evaluation includes a synthesis part which refers to the climate strategy of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in general and in which the results of the evaluations of the three projects are bundled and supplemented with information from the headquarters of the HSS in Munich.
Development of an M&E framework, M&E support and facilitation of learning & exchange formats for the initiative “Improved livelihoods perspectives for young people in rural East Africa”10/201810/2021Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Teresa Böttcher

Staff: Dr. Wolfgang Meyer

Description

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung, Siemens Stiftung and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung collectively intend to improve upon the prospects of youths in rural areas of East Africa. Within the joint initiative of “Improved livelihoods perspectives for young people in rural East Africa” they empower youths to actively shape developmental processes and to have their voices heard in the respective policy processes. Further, they intend to improve youths’ livelihoods through enhanced income generation and health conditions. Through this, they also aim to contribute to jointly fight root causes of migration. The initiative is implemented by three local implementing partners in Uganda, namely Action for Health Uganda, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Africa Ltd. and WHAVE Solutions.

The objective of this assignment is threefold: To develop an M&E Framework for the program, to support its monitoring and evaluation through the implementation of three assessments (baseline, mid-term and final assessment), and to facilitate learning and exchange during its pilot phase. For achieving these objectives, a participatory approach is employed, focusing on a strong stakeholder involvement from the planning stage through data collection to results interpretation. During the assessments a multi-method approach is applied, based on a quantitative quasi-experimental and a qualitative case-study design for achieving a comprehensive picture of the program’s impact and sustainability, and eventually validating its intervention logic. While the quasi-experimental design comprises the collection of target and comparison group data from approx. 1,000 pax in total, the case-study design includes interviews and Focus Group Discussions with key informants from implementing partners, target groups, local authorities and sector experts.
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.
Begleitende Evaluation eines Slum Rehabilitationsprojekts in Brasilien11/201711/2020Knorr-Bremse Global Care e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Teresa Böttcher

Description

Jointly with a local partner, Knorr-Bremse Global Care e.V. (KBGC) supports a training and rehabilitation project in a community in Grajaú, a slum district in Sao Paolo, Brasil. The project aims at improving the living conditions of the community by qualifying young people for self-sustained income-generation and rehabilitating the area by building wooden houses. Main activities include training of youth in civil construction and set up of sustainable housing by residents of the slum and the trained youth.

KBGC has commissioned CEval to establish a Monitoring & Evaluation framework to gather feedback on the training activities and trace quality of life outcomes over time to assess whether the program’s objectives are being achieved. In order to identify the outcomes of the training on the qualification of the participants and their application of knowledge gained, a time-series design is applied, implying several phases of data collection with the help of standardized survey questionnaires. Outcomes of students will be traced every six months over a period of three years, with baseline, monitoring and end line reports being drafted after each data collection to support organizational learning and improvement on project design.

Former Projects

ProjectBeginEndClient
Meta Evaluation of CoE Project and Programme Evaluations (2016-2019)7/20199/2019Council of Europe (CoE)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Teresa Böttcher

Description

In the framework of its Quality Assurance of CoE Decentralised Evaluation Reports, the Council of Europe has mandated the CEval GmbH to perform an independent quality check of a sample of 32 CoE decentralised evaluation reports prepared by various Major Administrative Entities for the period 2016-2019. The overarching objective of this stocktaking is to support the establishment of an Evaluation Framework and the designing of a Quality Assurance System for the CoE.

Accordingly, the quality check informs about the extent to which the decentralised evaluations fulfil widely accepted international standards in terms of quality and gives recommendations on what aspects to improve; provides an overall assessment of the major strengths and weaknesses of the decentralised evaluation reports; identifies key findings, recommendations and lessons learnt to improve the performance of CoE institutional capacity-building; and finally provides recommendations for the establishment of a framework for quality assurance. The assessment has been conducted based on an analysis grid including all relevant evaluation criteria and indicators, with a detailed guidance, in order to assure inter-rater reliability and thus to provide for maximum objectivity of the results.
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