Institute for Evaluation in Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid


The Institute for Evaluation in Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of Friedensau Adventist University (FAU) originated due to the necessity for a science-based effectiveness analysis and efficiency control of the practice of development cooperation and humanitarian aid arising from diverse theoretical models, paradigms and working approaches. The institute is self-governing. Nevertheless, with regard to research, teaching and development practice, it is closely linked to the MA course of study “International Social Sciences” and the Registered Society “Working Group for Development Cooperation” at FAU”. In this way, from a meta-level perspective, a continuous evaluation of evaluations is guaranteed.

Range of Servicers Offered, Methodology 

Project evaluation for the improvement of results of any intervention logic in development cooperation and humanitarian aid is complex with regard to the manifold components of the project. The most relevant issues that can be evaluated are as follows:

  • Planning (basic motives, needs identification, data collection, analysis and interpretation, aims and goals and their achievement  in a time frame according to technical, social, political, cultural, ecological and economic factors);
  • Over all objectives, outputs, results, outcomes, intermediate goals and sub goals and impacts with reference to specific tasks;
  • Methods (means and ways to achieve objectives), instruments, activities, means (material and human), cost efficiency of means-end relation, qualitative effectiveness, technical feasibility, economic viability;
  • Different modes of sustainability (economic, social, environmental, internal and external sustainability);
  • Capacity building, self-help and self-reliance, autonomous decision- making, participation and ownership, human resource development;
  • Management (financial, technical, personal), time management, internal reporting system, book keeping, auditing, personal competencies, responsibilities;
  • Information management (monitoring, process evaluation, summary evaluation, record keeping, reporting);
  • Target groups, stakeholder analysis (planned and factual), user of services, beneficiaries (women, men, children, senior citizens, poor, rich, ethnic groups, religious, linguistic, stakeholders of any sort);
  • Structure of support agency, capacity and performance of agency, donor and recipient agencies, service providers, administration, contract law;
  • Networking, structural policy, sustainable institution building, social security, social legislation;
  • General frame works (values, justice, peace, law and order, human rights etc.).

The complexity of evaluation issues demands diverse instruments and methods of data collection, data analysis and interpretation with quantitative and qualitative methods. Accordingly, different evaluation approaches are used: empirical, indicator based, phenomenological-hermeneutic, ethnographic, participatory, comparative, systemic, cultural adaptive, business managerial etc.

The Institute conducts ex-ante evaluations: feasibility and viability studies of different kinds related to technical, economic, political, environmental, social and cultural issues of a project in a planning phase.

The Institute conducts ex-post evaluations during the implementation (interim) and/or the closing stage of a project (summary)

Cooperations, fields of responsibilities  

The Institute accepts research assignments and evaluation contracts. It works with public and civil society agencies and stakeholders.


1) Intensification of research and teaching with regard to evaluation approaches and systems in development cooperation and humanitarian aid in the MA course of study “International Social Sciences” at FAU.

2) Establishment of a computer-based data bank for evaluations.

3) Development of science-based evaluation models for development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

4) Conducting evaluations on a contract basis in developing countries, threshold countries and in Eastern Europe as well as for donor organizations in industrial countries.

5) Publication of research results in specialized periodicals and books.

6) Development and documentation of special competencies in evaluation with regard to regional concentration on (Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe) and special intervention logic in different fields of tasks, services and responsibilities (micro-credit, poverty alleviation, gender, human rights, non-violent methods of conflict resolution)

Director of the Institute:

Prof. Dr. Horst Friedrich Rolly (FAU)

Members of the Institute:

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schultz (FAU)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Spiegler (FAU)

Dr. Kwaku Arhin-Sam

Samuel Ndikumana (FAU)

Annette Witherspoon (FAU)

Tim Schröder (FAU)