German Institute for Development Evaluation
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About us


The German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit; DEval) is mandated to evaluate German development cooperation.

Through its evidence-based evaluations and related work, the institute aims to increase the impact of German development cooperation and thereby to enhance its legitimacy.

DEval also provides evidence and recommendations to the German Bundestag and thus supports it in performing its parliamentary role of checking the work of the executive.


Evaluations: DEval’s core task is to conduct independent and strategically relevant evaluations and impact analyses of German development cooperation. Our evaluations promote learning processes and objective decision-making and enhance accountability with regard to the use of public funds.

Methods and Standards: DEval enhances evaluation methods and standards, thus contributing to improved evaluation practice.

Evaluation Capacity Development: DEval fosters evaluation capacity development in selected partner countries of German development cooperation.

Knowledge transfer and networking: DEval publishes all of its evaluations. Through targeted knowledge transfer and networking, the institute encourages people to make use of its findings. DEval’s recommendations are primarily aimed at policy-makers and development organisations, but the institute is also active in debates within academia and the evaluation community.

As a federal research institution, we set high standards to ensure that our evaluations are scientifically sound and independent. We align our work with international standards and our networks in the international evaluation community allow us to continually develop our practice. DEval is a member of the European Evaluation Society (EES), the Gesellschaft für Evaluation e.V. (DeGEval) and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) among others.

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