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Fabian Otto


Project staff

(CEval GmbH)

E-Mail: f.otto(at)
Telephone: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 23 80
Fax: +49 (0)6 81 - 3 02 - 38 99
Office hours: by appointment
CEval GmbH
Im Stadtwald Geb. C 5.3
66123 Saarbrücken
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Beruflicher Werdegang




On-going Projects

External Evaluation of Climate-friendly Communal Catering within the Project “MehrWertKonsum” of the North Rhine-Westphalia Consumer Advice Centre5/20196/2021Verbraucherzentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (VZ NRW)

Project Manager: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus

Contact Person: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus

Staff: Fabian Otto

Partner: schmidt evaluation, EBP


The project “MehrWertKonsum – More appreciation of food and finite resources” conducted by the consumer advice centre of North Rhine-Westphalia aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions encouraging a responsible, sustainable and climate-friendly consumption. The primary objective of the project is to contribute to saving greenhouse gas emissions. Regarding communal catering, among other things that means to diminish leftovers and to offer more vegetarian dishes with seasonal and regional foods that are organically grown. Information and educational material will be passed to day care centres, schools, youth hostels and their food suppliers, waste will be measured, leftovers on plates and at the service counters will be analysed and suggestions for improvement will be developed. Furthermore, menus will be checked and enhanced regarding to their desirability as well as climate and environment protection. Schools, in addition, will have the possibility to get participative educational services and activities for their students. In youth hostels, there will be a special focus on the communication with the guests to encourage the acceptance of the measures and thus to contribute to waste prevention. The project is funded through the EFRE OP NRW, an operational programme of North Rhine-Westphalia concerning the promotion of investments in growth and employment supported by the European Regional Development Fund, and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Ministry of Environment. Within EFRE OP NRW projects’ greenhouse gas savings (t CO2 equivalents/year) have to be substantiated. Moreover, the following objectives of the field of action “climate-friendly communal catering” should be evaluated:

- To reduce food and catering waste

- To establish climate-friendly and healthy catering offers

- To raise consciousness of and appreciation for food, climate-friendly nutrition and food waste

In the course of the external evaluation of MehrWertKonsum the impact of the project measures will be analysed both on the outcome level (in particular altered behaviour of the target group) as well as on the impact level (greenhouse gas savings). To do so, the evaluation team of CEval GmbH, schmidt evaluation and EBP applies a complex multi-method approach including participant observation, qualitative telephone interviews and quantitative online surveys. The results will be combined with the internal monitoring of the project MehrWertKonsum in a way that greenhouse gas savings can be calculated.
Pilot project for the joint match day follow-up in German professional football1/201912/2020Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V.

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: Fabian Otto


The Daniel Nivel Foundation aims to improve the relationship between football fans and the police. To that end, the foundation cooperates with national football associations and in 2018 has released funds for two pilot projects, one with the French Football Federation (FFF) and one with the German Football Association (DFB). On the German side, the following idea was developed within the so called “future workshops”: to establish a “joint match day follow-up”, to create a framework for dialogue between football fans and police. In this way, conflicts would be dealt with after match days and solutions for future events could be developed. The DFB has commissioned CEval GmbH to provide scientific support for this project. The tasks of the CEval GmbH range from the conception of the project (follow-up process, selection of pilot locations, etc.) to the development of suitable instruments for fan surveys and suiting formats for match day follow-ups, as well as the support of the actors in the practical implementation and moderation of the follow-up process. Therefore, different procedures and formats for the match day follow-ups will be tested, in order to present an applicable concept after the pilot phase. All steps are carried out in close cooperation with the DFB project team. There is also a regular, project related exchange with the Fan Projects Coordination Office (KOS) and the German Football League (DFL). The project is scheduled to run from January 2019 to May 2020. In the first half of 2019, a detailed project conception and elaboration will take place, including workshops with all participating actors. In the second half of the year, during the first half of the 2019/2020 season, the developed concept for the match day follow-up will be implemented and tested in cooperation with selected pilot locations from professional football. Central partners are the Fan Projects of the respective locations. Subsequently will be evaluation and, if necessary, an adaptation of the concept for match day follow-up as well as the documentation of the project as a final report.

Former Projects

Evaluation of the project "Digital Leadership" of the Führungsakademie Baden-Württemberg12/201812/2019Führungsakademie Baden-Württemberg

Project Manager: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Contact Person: Dr. Vera Hennefeld

Staff: Fabian Otto


Since March 2018, the “Führungsakademie Baden-Württemberg (FüAK)” has been offering the "Digital Leadership" programme. The programme comprises various advanced training formats to promote digital skills for managers in the administrative bodies of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. The aim is to prepare these managers for the requirements of digital shift, to network them with one another and to equip them with the necessary skills for driving and shaping digital change in their institutions. The program's formats include professional training (e.g. programming, design thinking), networking events, learning journeys to innovative companies and topic-specific focus groups. The evaluation focused on the different training formats of the programme. These were evaluated in regard to their effects. The focus was on the outcome level, especially on the short- and medium-term effects of the different events. In the sense of the participatory evaluation approach of CEval GmbH, the theory of change was developed together with the project team. The effects were assessed within the evaluation using a multi-method approach. On the one hand, participant questionnaires were developed and used at the end of an event and after a defined impact phase. On the other hand, interviews were conducted with different stakeholder groups in order to obtain more in-depth assessments of relevant aspects of the programme. In this way, the advantages of both data collection methods were combined and used to evaluate the training formats.
Evaluation of hazard prevention and damage after the heavy rain events in Saarland in May/June 20188/201810/2018Ministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz des Saarlandes

Project Manager: Dr. Stefan Silvestrini

Contact Person: Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth

Staff: Dr. Hansjörg Gaus, Fabian Otto


In May and June 2018, Saarland was hit by heavy rainfalls which caused high damages in a number of municipalities. As a consequence, the Saarland Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection (MUV) commissioned CEval GmbH to review the measures of hazard prevention and disaster management in the wake of these events. For this purpose, an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of hazard prevention and disaster management with regard to prevention, deployment and after-care was carried out in order to lay the foundation for identifying potential improvements and evidence-based recommendations. In addition, the damages caused by the heavy rainfalls should be assessed. To analyse the strengths and weaknesses of hazard prevention and disaster management, 62 guided interviews were conducted with representatives of the Ministry of Interior, Construction and Sport, fire-fighting coordinators, local aid organisations and mayors of the most affected municipalities. The results of the content analysis of these interviews formed the basis for identifying potential for improvement and deriving concrete recommendations for action. The evaluation of damages in the area of municipal infrastructure, agriculture and private households was carried out quantitatively on the basis of the data provided by the client.