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Consultancy, Analysis of international RIE experiences

Starting date16.03.2020 until 31.12.2020
Published on12.02.2020
Deadline for submitting tenders04.03.2020, 9 am

For the external conduction of an analysis of existing international experiences in the systematic integration of RIEs in evaluation systems of relevant international development cooperation institutions, DEval is looking for a consultant or a team of maximum three consultants.


Period: 16.03.2020 until 31.12.2020

Deadline for submission of quotations: 04.03.2020, 9am

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Short Description

The current assignment includes the preparation and conduction of an analysis of existing international experience in the systematic integration of RIEs in evaluation systems of relevant international development cooperation institutions and the written elaboration of its results for the research project on rigorous impact evaluations (RIE) of DEval described below.

The work package described in these terms of reference is part of a BMZ-funded DEval project on rigorous impact evaluation (RIE), the second phase of which runs from 01/01/2020 until 31/12/2021. In this project, rigorous impact evaluations are understood as evaluations using either experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation methods for attributing observed changes to particular development interventions. One of the goals of DEval’s RIE project is to develop recommendations for actors within German development cooperation to ensure the systematic generation and use of rigorous evidence.

As part of DEval’s objective of contributing to increased effectiveness as well as efficiency and sustainability of German development cooperation, this analysis aims at generating important lessons from international experiences regarding the systematic implementation and use of RIE within different institutional evaluation and knowledge brokering systems. The results of this analysis – in combination with results of other research activities of the project – will in turn be used to inform recommendations for the integration of RIE in the German development cooperation system (see chapter 1.2).


The project has three pillars:

(1) Research: The current state of rigorous impact evaluation in Germany will be assessed and enabling and hindering factors for the implementation of rigorous impact evaluations and the use of rigorous evidence will be identified. Those factors shall be contrasted with lessons learnt from other countries in order to find mechanisms to reduce hindering factors and support enabling factors.

(2) Community-building: Community-building across disciplines and institutions will be fostered by conducting workshops, conferences and expert-group meetings in order to improve coordination and to generate synergies between different relevant actors.

(3) Technical support: Support to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implementing organisations, and civil society organisations for rigorous impact evaluation shall be provided.

DEval is looking for an experienced expert or a group of up to three experienced experts from universities, research institutes, think tanks, development consultancies or similarly suitable institutions to support the RIE project team within the research pillar of the project.

The consultant (group) shall support | This analysis shall cover the following two components:

(1) International experiences with regard to the (systematic) implementation of RIEs in development cooperation.

(2) International experiences with regard to the (systematic) use of available (a) global and (b) in-house evidence, both rigorous and based on other (e.g., more qualitative) methods.

The analysis is supposed to provide insights into existing international experiences and international best practices for these components. The focus of the intended analysis lies on institutionalized approaches for conducting RIEs and using and disseminating existing rigorous evidence.

Further details can be found in the Terms of Reference.

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