Monitoring and Evaluation
Prepare the seedbed for future action
In regional policy, the critical reflection of projects and programme gains importance. For larger programmes, like EU Structural Funds, it has even has become mandatory. Such reflection comprises
- monitoring: Information and data is collected and processed according to quantitative and qualitative criteria (e.g. indicators);
- evaluation: Collected information and data is assessed, and conclusions for future actions are drawn.
Being evaluated on a mandatory basis may create an uncomfortable feeling of being „controlled“. We follow a different approach and conceive evaluations as learning processes. We foster an atmosphere of openness and curiosity.
Our evaluations are utilization-focused. We involve beneficiaries and intended users of evaluation information from the outset in the process. Thereby all stakeholders are enabled to implement the new insights gained.
We apply systemic methods. The key to learning often lies in unprejudiced reflection of own experience – including the mistakes that were made. To facilitate unbiased perception, we apply and develop innovative assessment tools like constellations, circular questioning, focus group designs or advanced interview techniques.
The impact of regional policy interventions often can only be perceived in the long run. To effectively steer interventions towards the achievement of impacts, we have developed process monitoring of impacts: an innovative tool to monitor projects and programmes with more precision and rigor.