German Institute for Development Evaluation


The principles of the German Institute for Development Evaluation set out the institute's understanding of its role and outline its basic principles. They are designed to provide guidance and clarify what DEval stands for.

Seven principles

Our work is guided by our principles which we live by and continuously develop in our daily work. We are:

Independent in our analyses and evaluations, so as to ensure a neutral and factual basis for judgements and recommendations for our stakeholder.

Needs-oriented in developing our work programme and carrying out evaluations, so as to ensure they are relevant, useful, and enable learning.

Quality-focussed in our activities, which comply with nationally and internationally recognised standards for evaluation and research.

Partnership-based in our collaboration with key players from developing countries, which is mutually beneficial.

Participatory via stakeholders’ involvement in our evaluations. This enhances the quality of our work and its lessons learned without jeopardising our independence.

Efficient in our management of public funds which we receive for conducting our evaluations..

Transparent about our procedures and findings. This transparency can only be restricted for reasons of national security or if the life and wellbeing of partners and staff would otherwise be endangered.