Measuring results

Results-based monitoring

Results-based monitoring observes the entire change process triggered by a development measure. It employs two approaches that complement each other:

  • A quantitative approach is required to obtain information on the degree to which objectives have been achieved. Indicators make it clear where the programme stands in relation to the envisaged results and whether the chosen path is likely to be successful.
  • A qualitative approach provides additional information that cannot be depicted by quantitative indicators. This reflects the full complexity of projects and programmes.
    Monitoring data are an important basis for project steering by the responsible officer during the implementation process. Monitoring findings provide the basis for reporting to the commissioning party on the progress made by the project.

Project evaluation

A project evaluation is performed at the end of a development measure. It focuses on a critical analytical review of the project’s results. Project evaluation serves to promote learning in projects and programmes and throughout GIZ. It is conducted by experts at GIZ together with external evaluators, in order to support the further design of projects and programmes.

The internationally agreed evaluation criteria established by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are applied to rate the development effectiveness of projects and programmes. The evaluation also serves to comply with accountability obligations towards commissioning parties and clients upon completion of the project. Beyond this, the summary reports of the project evaluation are published to support transparency.

Corporate strategy evaluations

GIZ carries out corporate strategy evaluations to identify important learning areas related to service delivery and corporate strategy. This is how we assess the experience gained and utilise it to address future-oriented and innovation themes that concern our company, as well as to shape future projects.

This approach forms the basis for continuous learning in order to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of the services we provide.

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Further informations

Conference for Systemic Approaches in Evaluation