Start of project: January 2014
End of project: June 2017
Assessing the Impacts of Multinational Corporations on Global Development and Value Creation (Global Value)
The importance of multinational corporations for furthering global economic and social development is well established. Corporations invest in foreign countries, provide jobs, and thus generate [Read More]The importance of multinational corporations for furthering global economic and social development is well established. Corporations invest in foreign countries, provide jobs, and thus generate formalized labor relations and income. Furthermore, they pay taxes that contribute to the provision of public services. At the same time, multinational corporations particularly have received criticism by being accused of supporting exploitative employment conditions and human rights abuses, causing environmental deterioration, and failing to mainstream responsible conduct in developing countries. The GLOBAL VALUE project developed an innovative framework for assessing impacts of multinational corporations on issues related to sustainable development, working conditions, human rights, transparency, and anti-corruption. It shed light on institutional arrangement; analysed systems of governance for responsible business practices; explored responsible competitiveness; assessed the complementarity of public and private sector activities; and derived recommendations for decision makers in business, policy and non-governmental organisations. The project was carried out by universities and civil society organisations from Europe and ICPC countries. A toolkit for impact evaluation was developed and tested in close collaboration with leading multinational corporations (BATA (garment, Bangladesh), OLAM (food, Tanzania) and NOKIA (ICT, India)). The main responsibility of CEval was the development of an indicator-set for the framework which is based on Millennium Development Goals, human rights, gender & diversity, and anti-corruption & transparency and takes corporate management approaches (supply chain management, life cycle analysis and base-of-pyramid) as well as systems of governance for responsible business practices, competitiveness, and complementarity with official development aid (ODA) into account. In addition, it carried out two research case studies focusing on the complementarity of ODA with multinational corporations´ activities.
Start of project: February 2014
End of project: December 2015
Development of an impact-orientated M&E-System in Germany for the Cooperation Platform of Latin America North (COPLAN)
Up to the present innovative environmental technologies are not sufficiently utilized in Mexico and Central America. One reason is the missing extension of modern environmental [Read More]Up to the present innovative environmental technologies are not sufficiently utilized in Mexico and Central America. One reason is the missing extension of modern environmental technologies in this region. That is the initial point of COPLAN (Cooperation Platform of Latin America North): The objective of COPLAN is the extension of (German) environmental technologies in Mexico and Central America to make a contribution to environment protection. In the last years the German environment economics has led the way worldwide and was responsible for many innovations in the area of application-oriented technologies. Three questions were the base of the survey, namely a) What is the export potential of the German industrial sector of environmental technologies? b) Correspond the German supply with the potential demand in Mexico and Central America? and c) Which export barriers exist and how they can be overcome? Because of the intended project effects in Germany it was necessary to create another impact-orientated monitoring-system in Germany beside the local impact-orientated monitoring-system in Mexico. The central task was to create an impact-orientated Monitoring and Evaluation System for measuring the intended outcome of COPLAN in Germany. For this purpose the main task was to develop an extensive indicator raster and an investigation plan for implementing two panels measuring the changes of the two target groups, the German enterprises of environmental technologies on the one hand, and central multipliers of the German environment economics on the other hand. Following the development of the M&E system, the CEval was tasked with implementing the first wave of the panel design. This included quantitative as well as qualitative data collection methods (standardized survey with participating companies, a comparison group and multiplicators, analysis of documents and secondary data, guided expert interviews).
Start of project: May 2012
End of project: June 2015
Strengthening evaluation capacities within government and civil society in Uganda (ECD Uganda): Development of a blended-learning Master of Evaluation (2012-2015)
Evaluation as a scientific means to describe and assess interventions is gaining relevance worldwide. The needs for qualified evaluation professionals are increasing in Uganda, too. [Read More]Evaluation as a scientific means to describe and assess interventions is gaining relevance worldwide. The needs for qualified evaluation professionals are increasing in Uganda, too. However, at the moment these needs cannot be satisfied due to lack of training- and evaluation programs in this region. It is for this reason that the BMZ together with CEval and GIZ initiated a program for developing evaluation capacities in Uganda. The most important component of this program is the development and implementation of a master course in evaluation in the blended-learning format at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) in Kampala, Uganda. Blended-learning is an innovative concept which is gaining popularity worldwide and is now the default means of teaching at UTAMU. Blended-learning unites traditional face-to-face classes with modern forms of e-learning in a didactical coherent way. An advantage of this concept is, that it is possible not only for Ugandan students to attend classes but also for all students of English-speaking African countries. The Master of Evaluation of Saarland University in cooperation with HTW Saarland serves as a template for the Ugandan Master, which will be introduced in fall 2015. The contents of the master program have been developed in cooperation with CEval GmbH, the teachers of the German master as well as Ugandan contact persons of Makarere University and have been adapted to the Ugandan context. The Ugandan Master of Monitoring and Evaluation will comprise 15 modules in total, seven of which are in compliance with the basic teaching program of evaluation at Saarland universities. This is to ensure that all topics relevant to acquire profound knowledge in the field of evaluation are covered. UTAMU has complemented this program with further modules regarding project management, monitoring as well as business start-up consulting. The modules are roughly comprised of web-based trainings, e-tutoring and face-to-face seminars. The teaching concepts have also been developed in cooperation with all stakeholders. The GIZ is responsible for the technical implementation of the e-learning concepts. Two modules of the master of evaluation have been tested in an experimental phase together with UTAMU. During this experimental phase e-tutoring as well as the face-to-face seminars have been supervised in the tandem-principle by teachers of UTAMU and Saarland University/HTW. The hosting of the online study course has been undertaken by the GIZ platform GC 21. In a next step, the seven modules have been integrated into the already existing UTAMU master and the new course of study has been submitted to the responsible committees. The course of study is now aggregated and will be introduced experimentally. A decision about whether the course of study will be continued and which modifications would be necessary for this procedure, will be made in December 2016.
Ex Post Evaluation
Start of project: January 2011
End of project: December 2012
Evaluation of the project ‘AnschlussDirekt’
The subject of the evaluation was the project AnschlussDirekt, initiated in 2010 by the Ministry of Economics and Science of Saarland and implemented over a [Read More]The subject of the evaluation was the project AnschlussDirekt, initiated in 2010 by the Ministry of Economics and Science of Saarland and implemented over a period of three years. Within the scope of the project, pupils with a positive prognosis of a secondary school leaving certificate were intensively supported in the phase of vocational orientation and during the search for a training place. The support of the young people was primarily provided by the staff of the project coordination office, but also - and this is the special feature of the model project - by volunteer sponsors (economic experts and human resources managers of Saarland companies). The aim was to increase the proportion of pupils who start in-company vocational training immediately after completing secondary school. The task of the accompanying evaluation was initially to support the development of a monitoring system in which data relevant to project management can be recorded and retrieved as required. In addition, the sponsors were asked about their impressions and evaluations of the project and their consultations within the framework of a telephone survey. Furthermore, the task of the evaluation was to record project effects at the level of the target group. To this end, standardized surveys were conducted with the young people involved in the project at various points in time. The results of these surveys were systematically compared with specially collected baseline data from pupils not participating in the project. Regular recommendations for project optimization were derived from the evaluation findings and made available to project coordination.
Accompanying, Capacity Development, Development M&E-System, Ex Ante Evaluation
Start of project: November 2003
End of project: January 2004
The "Watermark Campaign" is a program of the Ministry for the Environment that provides financial support to the Saarland municipalities in their efforts to separate [Read More]The "Watermark Campaign" is a program of the Ministry for the Environment that provides financial support to the Saarland municipalities in their efforts to separate non-contaminated rainwater from waste water that needs to be cleaned. Since the watermark campaign came into force in 1996, around 400 projects have been subsidized with a total of around 65 million. As part of this evaluation, it is systematically examined how the project is accepted by those involved on site and where problems arise. The results of the evaluation are to be used for a new conception of the watermark campaign.