Evaluation & Focus on Effects

MISEREOR uses the funds available to it responsibly, economically and efficiently, and regularly accounts to the individual and public donors providing it with the money.

The effectiveness of support

MISEREOR projects are designed to help enable poor people improve their living conditions and initiate processes of social and political transformation. The changes brought about by the project work must be monitored, regardless of whether they are expected or unexpected. MISEREOR therefore enables its target groups and partners to assess, evaluate and report on these project effects.

This outcome and impact assessment provides project actors with the basis on which to intervene and steer processes, and generates lessons learned that can be utilised in future projects. At the same time, it is also important that both we ourselves and our partners document outcomes and impacts for purposes of external accountability.

MISEREOR funded projects: Commissioning evaluations locally

This short film presents the benefits of project evaluations and why partners organisations should consider commissioning them locally. It introduces examples and various partners’ experiences with such local evaluations.

Effects in development cooperation

What does MISEREOR understand by ‘effects’ in development cooperation, and how can effects, outcomes and impacts be assessed? The film seeks to explore these questions on the basis of practical examples of project work at the grassroots.

Methods of outcome and impact assessment

How can MISEREOR’s partner organisations ensure that the people with whom they work are actively involved in the monitoring and evaluation of their projects? Complementing the film on ‘effects’, this film shows and explains methods of participatory outcome and impact assessment in development projects.

Policy papers and information documents

Evaluation in the Development Cooperation Activities of MISEREOR and its Partners

Policy Document

MISEREOR has continued to develop and refine its evaluation procedures over several decades. The policy document describes where things stand today.


The introduction of effect orientation into Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Systems - A Compilation


In this document Misereor’s understanding of effects and relevant questions regarding “Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME)”-systems and methods, project management etc. shall be discussed without giving blueprint answers but rather as a starting point for an exchange.


Assessing the effects of development coooperation

Policy Document

This Policy Document, which sets out MISEREOR’s current position, was produced by the Thematic Group on Effects and Quality after intensive examination of the work previously carried out on this theme. It is designed to facilitate further exchanges between staff members at MISEREOR and to serve as a basis for the dialogue with partners and experts in this field.


Does MISEREOR require a baseline study?

Information Document

This information document deals with a number of questions that arise in the general context of ‘baselines’.

The term ‘baseline’ is usually understood to imply an extensive baseline study of the status quo in a project region conducted before or during project planning. MISEREOR does not wish to focus on expensive studies. We prefer to advocate a careful, participatory approach to project planning in which the beneficiaries are actively involved from the outset, and in which the information is collected that can later be used to assess the outcomes and impacts of the project...

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Guidelines and forms relating to evaluations commissioned by partners

Guide for Misereor partner organisations on commissioning external evaluations locally


As part of our efforts to assess outcomes, impacts and success more systematically, Misereor expects its project partners to commission regular evaluations of projects that are implemented with Misereor support. To ensure that these evaluations are also accepted by our donors and supervisory bodies as part of our reporting obligations, certain points must be observed. We have therefore produced this guide, which we would ask you to observe when you are about to prepare an evaluation.


Evaluation reports covering different sectors

Learning Process of MISEREOR and Partner Organizations working on Natural Resources in Indonesia

Overall Report

The Joint Learning Process of MISEREOR and partner organizations working on Natural Resources included seven civil society organizations in Indonesia, which are committed to the protection of indigenous land and forestry rights in the face of progressive land grabbing practices through palm oil, timber and mining industries. The report describes the results of the common assessment and reflections.


Empowering women farmers' for promoting resilient farming systems

Sustainable pathways for better food systems in India

This study investigates outcomes at the farm holding level related with promotion of food security, women empowerment, and sustainable practices for agricultural production developed by women in the districts of Osmanabad and Tuljapur, Maharashtra.  A total sample of 400 smallholder households was selected for the study. The production system under analysis is denominated "one acre model" which empowers women farmers in taking up sustainable food production systems. The results of the study show that measures promoted under the one acre model can be rated as successful. Even in severe drought conditions, food security for the family and food sales were well superior to the reference group.


Results of the cross-sectoral evaluation of partnership, and MISEREOR's conclusions


MISEREOR seeks to build cooperations on an ethos of partnership, which means practicing it on equal terms. We know that it is only through the dedicated commitment, the knowledge and the expertise of our partner organisations in the South that we can help tackle the causes of hunger and disease in the world. But how successful are we as practitioners of partnership? To what extent do our partners in the South notice?  MISEREOR's 50th anniversary was a fitting occasion on which to review how MISEREOR translates its understanding of partnership into practice, and what effects this generates.


Evaluation of the funding area "Human Rights" at MISEREOR – Summary


The evaluation of the funding area "Human Rights" at MISEREOR was carried out between October 2016 and April 2018. The objectives of the evaluation were to examine the underlying logic of the funding area’s effects along with the effectiveness of various concepts for action and instruments of human rights work, and then to draw conclusions for funding practice.


Evaluation of the MISEREOR sector portfolio in the vocational training sector


Short version of the final report.


Health Care Sector Portfolio Evaluation


MISEREOR contracted evaplan GmbH at the University Hospital of Heidelberg to evaluate its health care sector portfolio between August 2012 and December 2013.
The objective of this evaluation was twofold: firstly, to contribute to the learning process that MISEREOR strives for in dialogue with its partners and secondly, to contribute to the process of rendering account and ensuring transparency towards the public and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


Rural Development Sector Evaluation


In 2010-2011 MISEREOR had its promotion activities in the rural development sector evaluated, with a special focus on food security. By publishing this abridged version of the final report MISEREOR wishes to make the key findings available to its partners, and encourage them to look even more closely at the effects of their work in the future.


Evaluation of three rural development projects in Liberia


Since the end of the Liberian civil war in 2003 MISEREOR has helped its partners shifting their work from emergency assistance towards longer-term development activities. An important sector of development work in Liberia supported by MISEREOR is Integrated Rural Development (IRD).
It was decided to conduct a cross sector evaluation in order to allow for an overall analysis combined with a joint learning process on project achievements against the background of the post-war developments in the country and the difficulties deriving from the long phase of emergency assistance that preceded the development work.


Civil sector challenges and approaches to settlement upgrading in South Africa


Insights from four evaluations of urban partners on behalf of MISEREOR.


Cross-section evaluation of food security projects in Ethiopia


From October 2013 to May 2014, a cross-section evaluation of MISEREOR-financed food security projects in Ethiopia was conducted. Projects of seven different partner organizations were analyzed in order to assess the effective contribution of the projects to improve food security by the beneficiaries in Ethiopia and to offer options for improvement – for the individual projects as well as for MISEREOR’s food security strategy in Ethiopia.


Cross-cutting evaluation of peace work in Mindanao, Philippines


Mindanao, and specifically the Bangsamoro region, is at a crucial point in terms of peace and war. Misereor with partners made a significant contribution to enabling the MILF/GPH peace process to reach its current state.

The study shows that the overwhelming majority of the work from 2008 to now has been, with inevitable ups and downs, relevant, effective and efficiently conducted.


Cross-section evaluation of People Led Development approaches of three partners in India


MISEREOR and three of its partner organizations in Orissa, India, have worked together since 2006 to reorient their work and projects towards using a People-led Development (PLD) approach. In 2013, a systematic evaluation was undertaken of this work with two key objectives:

  1. To generate insight in operation and performance of the programs funded by Misereor as part of the agreed regular project evaluation schedule;
  2. To provide insight in the use and internalization of a people-led development approach, its strength and limitations, and the impact the use of the approach has had on the realization or not of (project) achievements.

Cross-section evaluation of MISEREOR supported Gender Projects in Uganda


An evaluation of MISEREOR financed gender programmes in Uganda was carried out in 2010 as part of MISEREOR`s annual evaluation programme. The purpose of this evaluation was to identify the most successful intervention strategies, to analyse strengths and weaknesses of current projects and give recommendations for a re-orientation of MISEREOR gender support in Uganda. The evaluation covered the two latest support periods of all the five gender projects currently supported by MISEREOR in Uganda.


Cross-section evaluation of two primary education projects in South Sudan


Evaluation of the projects:

  • Support for the Dioceses of Rumbek and Wau to expand and develop their education services in the Lakes and Warrap states in a post-referendum environment of South Sudan
  • Bridging funding for the running costs of four primary schools of the Diocese of Wau

Outcome and impact assessment: straight-forward practical solutions

The examples presented here show simple and straightforward instruments of outcome and impact assessment which were developed by MISEREOR partners in their respective project contexts. They may serve other organisations as suggestions and encouragement to find their own appropriate solutions to observing and assessing the effects of their work.

Monitoring effects in the Achocalla Region

The Pastoral Social Outreach Project of CARITAS in La Paz, Bolivia

Who is the social-pastoral team, and how does it work? How does the project team go about performing monitoring effects? Read more (PDF)



Validating the results of monitoring effects with target groups

The social-pastoral team in the parish of Pasorapa, Bolivia

What does the social-pastoral team do? Read more (PDF)