At Fairtrade Germany's annual press conference in Berlin on 15 May 2018, the study "Impact of Fair Trade on poverty reduction through rural development" prepared by the Centre for Evaluation (CEval) was presented to the public.
Building on the 2011/12 baseline study, CEval was commissioned by Fairtrade Germany, Max Havelaar Foundation Switzerland, Fairtrade Austria and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to carry out this 2017/18 follow-up study.
The aim of the study was to assess whether and how the presence of Fairtrade certified producer organizations has contributed to an improvement in living conditions of Fairtrade producers and their immediate environment. With the help of expert interviews, focus group discussions, participating observations and participatory, quantitative seed assessment methods, development paths with a view to social, economic and ecological changes could be traced and evaluated over time. The follow-up study covers the same products (bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, flowers and tea), producer types (Small Producer Organizations (SPO), Hired Labor (HL) and Contract Production (CP)) and countries (Peru, Ghana, Kenya and India) as the 2011/12 study.
The complete study can be downloaded here.
In 2017, the Finnish Foreign Ministry commissioned a meta-evaluation and a systematic review of 51 decentralised evaluation reports and ToR of bi-, multi- and multi-bilateral development interventions. The study was conceptualised and implemented at CEval in sub-contract of Particip by a team of five, headed by Susanne Johanna Väth. Besides Cornelia Römling (co-development and application of standardised assessment tools) and Stefan Silvestrini (backstopping and quality assurance), Petra Mikkolainen from Indufor and Michael Lieckefett from Particip (both systematic review) participated in the study. The published report and the webinar can be accessed via the following link: http://um.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=374185&nodeid=49729&contentlan=2&culture=en-US
On behalf of the Siemens Foundation, Susanne Johanna Väth and Friederike von Cölln evaluated the empowering people. Network (epN). The epN aims to make promising low-tech solutions accessible and further their successful implementation on the basis of sustainable entrepreneurship models. To better understand the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the network, the CEval team implemented a mixed-methods design with an online survey and eight in-depth case studies.
Interview with Dr. Susanne Johanna Väth: http://blog.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org/evaluations-promote-a-culture-of-error-dr-susanne-johanna-vath/
To learn more on the epN please browse: https://www.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org/en/
A short version of the evaluation report can be accessed under: http://www.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/epN_Evaluation_-_Executive_Summary.pdf
The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of World Bank endorsed CEval and University of Berne, Switzerland, for hosting the relaunch of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). From 1999 to 2016, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, offered IPDET and established it as the leading training program for development evaluation with more than 3.500 participants from 125 countries in the World. In summer 2018, the new IPDET 2.0 training program will be offered in Berne and managed by the Center for Continuing Education (ZUB) at University of Berne in cooperation with CEval. The application process is still open until May 13, the schedule for the program is July 16-27, for further information see www.ipdet.org. Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann and Ass Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Meyer are the scientific leader of the program at CEval side. The shared task of CEval, the Center for Continuing Education (ZUW) at University of Berne and IEG is to modernize and to improve the IPDET Program according to the changing demands. From Saarland perspective, the planned linkage of IPDET and the new Blended-Learning Master of Evaluation (www.mable-evaluation.com), starting in April 2018, is a matter of particular interest.
From 5 to 9 February, a meeting of the Universities Universidad de Costa Rica, Ponteficia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (PUCE) and Saarland University took place in San Jose (Costa Rica). The DAAD-funded university cooperation pursues a number of objectives: in Costa Rica, an online further training program for evaluation, including 7 modules, has been developed, which is now offered in Latin America in Spanish.
This program is based on the Saarbrücken Master's degree, which will be offered in English by Saarland University and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern from April 2018 on. In addition, a comparable offer is to be implemented at PUCE within the framework of the university cooperation. Another important topic of the cooperation is the "Youth Evaluation" project, which is carried out in cooperation with the German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deval). The aim is to make it easier for young, well-trained evaluators to enter the world of professional practice. Under the guidance of experienced professors, an evaluation will be carried out with a small group of young evaluators in three Costa Rican communities.