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Felix Stips, M.A.


Project staff CEval GmbH

E-Mail: f.stips(at)
Telephone: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 35 32
Fax: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 38 99
Office Hours: by appointment
Address: CEval GmbH
Im Stadtwald, Geb. C 5 3
D-66123 Saarbrücken
Areas of responsibility:
Contract Research
Main areas of emphasis:
Development Cooperation


Professional Career
Since 01.2019
Trainee CEval GmbH, Saarbrücken
09.2018-12.2018 ASA-volunteer at National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), Uganda
02.2017-02.2018 Student research assistant at the Chair of Development Economics, University Göttinge
03.2015-08.2015 Intern at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn
04.2014-12.2014 Student research assistant at the Chair of Empirical Economic Research, University Bayreuth
10.2013-12.2013 Intern at Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW), Tübingen


Double degree M.A. Development Economics and MComm Economics at the Universities Göttingen and Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Thesis: "Labour Market Integration of Asylum Seekers in Germany: Assessing the Role of Migrant Networks"
Bachelor degree International Economics and Development
Thesis: "Foreign Direct Investment and Informality: An Empirical Investigation"
06.2010 Abitur at European School Varese, Italy

On-going Projects

Evaluation of the "Strategic Communication on Refugee and Migration Abroad" of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany8/20193/2020Auswärtiges Amt (AA)

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: Felix Stips, M.A. Niklas Zierke


In 2016, the Federal Foreign Office (AA) initiated a new communication strategy on refugees and migration abroad. This consists of direct communication activities such as its own website and information on social media channels on the one hand and indirect communication work through project funding of partner organizations on the other. The aim of these efforts is to contribute to a better information base on refugees and migration abroad and to strengthen humanitarian and international law principles in the course of this.

The objective of the evaluation is to evaluate the achievement of objectives, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability as well as impacts of the funded projects and the direct communication services offered by the AA, and on this basis to derive recommendations for future funding and strategy development. At the same time, the funded projects should be supported in the development and implementation of an impact-oriented monitoring of their projects. The evaluation contains summative and formative elements. In this way, the evaluation is intended to support AA-internal learning in the field of communication strategy on the one hand and to provide transparent accountability on the other. >/p> From a methodological point of view, a comprehensive mix of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis will be combined. This ranges from document analyses to various forms of qualitative and quantitative surveys as well as focus group and guideline interviews to participating observations. This will be complemented by an experimental survey design using an online survey instrument, which will provide insight into the cause-effect relationships of the strategic communication of the AA.

International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET)7/20180/0Independent Evaluation Group (IEG)

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Staff: Felix Stips, Laszlo Szentmarjay, Theresa Weippert


The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is an executive training program in development evaluation. Since 2018, it is managed jointly by the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern (Switzerland), the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University (Germany) and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. IPDET aims to provide managers and practitioners in the field of evaluation with the tools required to evaluate policies, programs and projects at local, regional, national, and global levels, as well as to commission, manage and especially use those evaluations for decision-making. Further information on this year's IPDET can be found on the website:
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


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.