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CEval-Evaluation Day: Thinking globally and acting locally for Evaluation Capacity Development



The Center for Evaluation CEval at Saarland University in Germany is working for more than 15 years for improving the quality of evaluations and for empowering evaluators worldwide through Evaluation capacity development (ECD) initiatives. Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann, chair of Sociology, is leading the Institute since its foundation. Nowadays about 15 persons are working at CEval as scientific and non-scientific staff. CEval is a unique research and training institution for evaluation in Germany, providing contributions to all four tracks of gLOCAL – - a platform-based, one-week series of evaluation events to share knowledge about developments in the current evaluation landscape (click here for more information).

CEval-Evaluation day is planned for June 3rd and will offer a broad overview on these activities. CEval is involved in several activities on Evaluation Capacity Development and this will be the main focus at CEval-Evaluation Day. Three activities will be presented: firstly, the blended learning study program on Evaluation MABLE, hosted by Saarland University in cooperation with the Distance Learning Center of the Technical University Kaiserslautern, offers a worldwide option for attaining an University Degree by adding e-learning to face-to-face trainings. Secondly, CEval is involved in the International Program for Development Evaluation Training IPDET, hosted at the University Bern and managed jointly by the Center for Continuous Learning ZUW at University Bern, the Independent Evaluation Group IEG of World Bank and CEval. Due to the shut down caused by the Corona-crisis, IPDET 2020 has to be delivered in a different way and this will be announced here. Finally, CEval is involved into University cooperations with two Universities in Latin America, the University Costa Rica UCR in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Catholic University PUCE in Quito, Ecuador. There will be some activities organized by both Partner Universities and some will be included into the CEval-Evaluation Day in Spanish language.

CEval is also very active in Evaluation Methods, three research projects will be presented: the Evaluation GLOBE, global stocktaking of the institutionalization of Evaluation, and methodologies for ex-ante evaluation. CEval is also working on sustainable development and sustainability for many years and therefore is doing research, evaluations and trainings on the Evaluation of SDGs. While one of CEval's staff is speaker of the European Evaluation Society Thematic Working Group Evaluating Sustainable Development, CEval provides a round table talk of experts on the Evaluation of SDGs for Evaluation 2030. CEval shows how global evaluation capacity development and research can be organized at local level - and invites interested people from all over the world to join these initiatives. You are welcome to attend our online conference!

Click on the following link for more information about our digital conference:


Evaluation Globe – Compendium on the Institutionalisation of Evaluation



Although evaluation is booming worldwide, little is known about the institutionalisation of evaluation in individual countries throughout the world. In order to overcome this lack of knowledge, the Center for Evaluation (CEval) of Saarland University has launched the research project “Evaluation Globe – Compendium on the Institutionalisation of Evaluation” that uses a comprehensive theoretical and methodological concept to examine the degree of institutionalization in all countries where evaluation plays a significant role. A distinction is made between the political, social and professional systems.

The results for Europe are now available with Palgrave MacMillan (more information you may find here). The book describes both, prior developments and current states of evaluation in 16 European countries and across the European Union (EU). These country reports, which have been written by selected researchers and authors from each of the countries, lead to a concluding comparison and overall synthesis.

This is the first of four volumes to be followed by volumes on the Americas, Africa, and Asia & Australia.

The overall aim is to provide an interdisciplinary audience with cross-country learning to enable them to better understand the institutionalisation of evaluation in different nations, world regions and sectors.


Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation MABLE

Due to the current worldwide situation, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann wrote to the students of the Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation MABLE. You can find this letter here. 


International Summit of Vocational Education and Training in China

The fair Education+ in China has been organised by Messe Stuttgart since 2016. This year it took place in Xi'An from 7 to 9 November. Over 5000 interested people visited the exhibition. The aim of the fair was: "to be a platform that promotes collaboration between companies, providers of teaching materials, educational institutions as well as faculty members and teachers". The fair brought together Chinese and international Vocational Education Experts to exchange new ideas, concepts, technologies and 'best practices'. More than 100 lectures were held in the congress linked to it. CEval took part in this event for the first time. During the main program Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann gave a lecture on "The Role of Monitoring and Evaluation in Vocational Education and Training". In order to improve the overall quality of the education system, this topic is becoming more and more important in China. Even companies were interested in this concept. A second lecture given by Prof. Dr. Stockmann dealt with the topic "Success Factors of Vocational Education and Training Cooperation". The first results of a BMBF-funded research project were presented and arouse great interest. Chinese and German companies and organisations cooperating in the field of vocational education and training in China are welcome to contact CEval (s.roehrig(at) if they would like to contribute their experience and findings regarding this research project.



IPDET in the second round – exited feedback for the revised core course

From 15th July until 02nd August 2019, the Center for Evaluation, the Center for Continuous Education at University of Bern and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank conducted the world-famous International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) for the second time. About 200 participants from more than 80 countries joined in the Swiss capital city Bern for working in the one-week core program or one of the twenty additional workshops.

In comparison to last year, there are certain renewals and innovations in the core course, developed and implemented by CEval. A new trainer team supported the participants, composed of Reinhard Stockmann, Wolfgang Meyer (CEval), Stefanie Krapp (Uni Bern) and two experienced instructors from CLEAR-centers in Africa and Latin America, Candice Morkel and Gabriela Perez. The participants reacted very positive not only on the instructors but also on the modernized and didactically revised program. Therefore, the IPDET team successfully renewed and adapted the highly recommended and approved training program to new developments and challenges. The newly-laid basis should be accomplished by online-features and tutorial support during the next years, making IPDET even more attractive.


The twenty well-attended workshops covered a broad variety of topics like for instance qualitative data collection methods, evaluation in the UN, private sector evaluation, participatory evaluation or the use of evaluation evidence, giving at least an insight in the different theoretical and methodical approaches globally used for various forms of evaluations. Accompanying the reformed one-week core course, several consolidation workshops were offered on a fundamental level. This provided new opportunities for the participants to design there training program more individually and adapted to their personal needs. Especially people who are responsible for commissioning evaluations in national or transnational organizations highly appreciated these options and the availability of attractive offers for their own needs. CEval contributed to this with two well-acclaimed workshops (“Evaluation for Middle and Upper Management” and “Monitoring and Evaluating the SDGs”).

For 2020, the IPDET team is planning further important new steps forward: the decentralization of course program to other countries. Currently, there are negotiations with CLEAR-centers and some Universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, leading towards the first offers of a decentralized program next year. CEval is developing an adequate concept, cooperating with the IPDET consortium partners and the World Bank. The new program will be strongly linked to IPDET in Bern and will open new opportunities for additional course offers as well as the participation of new target groups.