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 the performance of German development cooperation interventions.

Through its evidence-based evaluations and related work, DEval provides greater transparency about German development cooperation. The institute supports the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to enhance its development cooperation policy making and ultimately to increase the effectiveness and impact of development interventions by Germany’s implementing organisations and NGOs.

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

With our Competence Center for Evaluation Methodology, we review, develop and innovate evaluation approaches, methods and standards as integral part of our ongoing work. The institute also promotes evaluation capacity development (ECD) in partner countries of German development cooperation and builds strategic partnerships with academia, research organisations, think tanks and others.


The main functions of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) are to:

  1. Conduct evaluations, performance reviews and impact analyses of German development cooperation activities
  2. Examine and refine relevant methods and standards
  3. Prepare and disseminate the findings of evaluations and methodological research
  4. Run training programmes in Germany and abroad
  5. Engage in national and international cooperation networks
  6. Foster evaluation capacities in cooperation countries