Evaluation

We design and implement evaluations of projects, programmes and laws – for learning as well as for accountability.
An organisation uses an evaluation to check whether it is using its resources appropriately and effectively. In addition, evaluations are used as a stimulus for learning: "Are we doing the right thing and are we doing it right?"

Depending on the situation, our clients expect different things from an evaluation. Which intended use is in the foreground? What questions follow from this? The answers to these questions are crucial for our approach.

We therefore clarify this carefully with our clients, to come up with the perfect fit. We are entirely independent, so that our recommendations bring the desired benefit. We uphold the standards of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) and the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD DAC).
since 2015

IFES Institut für Externe Schulevaluation auf der Sekundarstufe II

External school evaluations at vocational schools and grammar schools

#education #governance #evaluation
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The Institute for External School Evaluation at Secondary Level II IFES is an institution of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education EDK and operates as an associated institute with the University of Zurich.

IFES acts as an institutional cooperation partner for cantons, the federal government, and schools in the area of quality assurance and development at the upper secondary level.  

Franz Kehl (since 2015) and Kathrin Frey (since 2019) work as external school evaluators on behalf of IFES. Each year, they evaluate 1-2 high schools and/or vocational schools in different Swiss cantons together with a broad evaluation team.  

The realized evaluations serve the schools for learning, as input into school development and for accountability at the same time.
teamimgFranz Kehl
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teamimgDr. Kathrin Frey
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01020304
since 2017

Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit 

Backstopping der DEZA zur jährlichen Auswertung der Erfolgsquote von Projekten der internationalen Zusammenarbeit

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Im Rahmen ihrer jährlichen Berichterstattung legt die Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit in einer Gesamtschau Rechenschaft ab über den Erfolg ihrer Projekte.  

Sie hat KEK - CDC beauftragt, eine Methode zu entwickeln, mit der auf der Basis von jeweils rund 150 Projektevaluationen eine repräsentative Aussage zur Qualität der Projekte möglich ist. Die Herausforderung liegt darin, eine gute Balance zu finden zwischen der Verlässlichkeit der Methode und dem Aufwand zur Erarbeitung der Erfolgsquote. KEK - CDC prüft nun jährlich 30 systematisch ausgewählte Evaluationen bezüglich der Beurteilung der Kriterien Relevanz, Effektivität, Effizienz und Nachhaltigkeit und stellt das Ergebnis in einer Übersicht dar.  

Die Methode wurde unterdessen von unabhängigen Experten überprüft und grundsätzlich als zweckmässig und ökonomisch bewertet und mit einigen Anpassungen zur weiteren Anwendung empfohlen. 
teamimgMarkus Engler
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0102030405
2019 - 2020
Der Verein artlink ist mit den Zielen gegründet worden, den kulturellen Austausch zwischen der Schweiz und dem Süden und Osten einerseits zu fördern und andererseits die Öffentlichkeit in der Schweiz für entwicklungspolitische Themen zu sensibilisieren.

Seit 2008 wird artlink in erster Linie durch einen Strukturbeitrag der Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA) sowie kleinere weitere Beiträge finanziert. Die von KEK - CDC durchgeführte Evaluation analysiert die Zusammenarbeit der DEZA mit artlink für die Periode 2010 bis 2018. Dabei wird auf die Kriterien Relevanz, Wirksamkeit und Effizienz fokussiert und ermittelt, inwiefern die unterstützten Aktivitäten von artlink zur Erreichung der DEZA-Ziele im Bereich «Kultur und Entwicklung» beigetragen haben.

KEK - CDC formulierte in seiner Evaluation sieben Empfehlungen für eine allfällige Optimierung der weiteren Zusammenarbeit.

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teamimgRoman Troxler
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teamimgDr. Kathrin Frey
E-MailPhone
010203040506
 2019

SDC Cooperation Office Kosovo

Mid-Term Review of the "Enhancing Youth Employment Project" in Kosovo

#vocationaltraining #employment  #evaluation 
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The overall goal of the Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE) project, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by a Helvetas/Management and Development Associates consortium, is to contribute to a dynamic and socially inclusive labour market that provides more and decent jobs (including self-employment) to young people in Kosovo. 

As the project has reached the second half of its phase two, KEK CDC was commissioned by the SDC Cooperation Office in Kosovo to conduct a mid-term review in order to assess the project‘s progress in relation to the expected outcomes of the phase and to provide recommendations for the remaining two years of the project. Moreover, it was asked to give a preliminary outlook beyond 2020. 

The mid-term evaluation report formulates three strategic and two operational recommendations to SDC and to EYE project team. It has strongly contributed to the reorientation of the project and to important portfolio development considerations of the SDC.  

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teamimgFranz Kehl
E-MailPhone
teamimgRoman Troxler
E-MailPhone
01020304050607
 2019

Swiss Embassy Bishkek on behalf of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

End of Phase Evaluation of the Project “Promotion of Sustainable Economic Development in Jalal-Abad province", (Kyrgyzstan)

#economy #regionaldevelopment #evaluation
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Since 2016, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) contributes to the Sustainable Economic Development project (phase 1) in the Jalal-Abad province of Kyrgyzstan, which is part of a country-wide programme implemented by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).  

The Swiss funded project implemented by GIZ engages existing service providers while setting-up new and solid structures in better organizing farmers in two specific value chains: vegetable production in Burgondu and dried plum production using an organic certification scheme in Jerge-Tal in Southern Kyrgyzstan.  

In 2019, KEK-CDC was mandated by the Swiss Embassy in Bishkek and conducted an evaluation to assess achievements of the project goals and outcomes in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability in line with the OECD/DAC guidelines. 

The evaluation report finally provides Swiss development cooperation with an external assessment of the project and some key recommendations for a possible second phase. 
teamimgCarsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
02030405060708
 2019

Swiss Embassy Kyiv on behalf of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC

Evaluation of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Ukraine 2015-2019

#regionaldevelopment #strategicdevelopment #expertadvice #peace&security
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From 2015 - 2018, the Swiss Embassy in Kyiv was involved in the implementation of more than 100 projects as Switzerland’s support to the transition in Ukraine with an estimated budget of 142 Mio CHF. 

KEK - CDC was entrusted by the Swiss Embassy in Kyiv to evaluate the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine 2015-2019, jointly prepared by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Human Security Division. 

KEK - CDC together with two peers from SDC and SECO and supported by a national consultant conducted this evaluation with the aim, to assess the strategic orientation of the Swiss involvement in Ukraine in all areas of intervention.  

The evaluation included concrete recommendations for the new strategy 2020 – 2023 of the Swiss Confederation in Ukraine and has been published with a Management Response by the involved Federal Offices. 

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teamimgCarsten Schulz
E-MailPhone
03040506070809
2018 - 2019

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC Global Programme Health

External Evaluation of Global Malaria Technical & Training Support Package

#health #evaluation
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The efforts made to scale-up malaria control measures, have reduced the number of malaria cases and especially the number of malaria deaths. Still, around 220 million people fall ill of malaria annually and 435’000 people, mostly in Africa, die because of the disease.  

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is supporting malaria control efforts through various contributions (e.g. to the WHO and the Medicine for Malaria Venture), the SDC Global Programme and at country level. Since 2013, SDC has mandated the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute with the implementation of the Global Malaria Technical & Training Support Package (GlobMal). This aims to strengthen WHOs normative role, to support working groups as multi-stakeholder platform and capacity development for malaria experts. The purpose of the evaluation made by KEK CDC was to assess the results and the institutional set-up of GlobMal.  

KEK CDC concluded that GlobMal support provided to the Roll Back Malaria Initiative has been relevant in general, very effective and efficiently managed while impact was difficult to gauge and sustainability was found to depend on the role of the different working group leaders.

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teamimgDieter Zürcher
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teamimgDr. Kathrin Frey
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04050607080910
2018 - 2019

Bundesamt für Gesundheit

Evaluation of the National Dementia Strategy 2014-2019

#health&socialpolicy #evaluation
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The Confederation and the cantons implemented the "National Dementia Strategy" (NDS) in 2014-2019 with the aim of reducing the burden associated with dementia and promoting the quality of life of those affected.

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) commissioned KEK - CDC (management and main responsibility) together with B,S,S. Volkswirtschaftliche Beratung in 2018 to conduct an external evaluation. The aim of the evaluation was to provide a decision-making basis for further action in the field of dementia after 2019.

As part of the evaluation, KEK - CDC together with B,S,S, examined the implementation of the NDS projects and the effects of the NDS among the actors who are active at the cantonal level in the field of dementia care. Based on the evaluation results, we recommended that the FOPH and the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Health Directors should continue their joint commitment in the field of dementia and renew the strategic foundations.  

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teamimgDr. Kathrin Frey
E-MailPhone
050607080910
2017 - 2019

Bundesamt für Gesundheit BAG

Evaluation of the Human Research Act

#socialpolicy #evaluation
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The Human Research Act (HRA) has been in force since January 1, 2014 and aims to protect human beings in research. In addition, it is intended to create favorable framework conditions for human research and to help ensure the quality and transparency of human research.

In order to take initial stock of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the HRA five years after its entry into force, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) commissioned the Institute of Political Science at the University of Zurich and KEK - CDC to evaluate the HRA. As part of the evaluation, we considered the perspectives of stakeholders in human research, used a variety of methods, and analyzed extensive data. 

We found that the enforcement of the HRA is basically appropriate and that the approval procedures for human research projects are proving successful. Based on survey and interview data, we concluded that the protection of research participants has been strengthened by the HRA. However, we identified some potential for optimization and formulated recommendations accordingly.
teamimgDr. Kathrin Frey
E-MailPhone
0607080910
2017 - 2018

Staatssekretariat für Migration SEM

Evaluation of integrated border management

#migration #evaluation
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The "Integrated Border Management" strategy and the "Integrated Border Management 2014-2017" action plan have been used by the federal and cantonal authorities to jointly combat illegal migration and cross-border crime. At the same time, the strategy also serves to ensure smooth legal entry.

On behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), KEK - CDC in cooperation with TC Team Consult realized an evaluation, which provides a sound basis for the assessment of the elaboration, the implementation and the impact of the strategy and the action plan. The evaluation results and the resulting recommendations served the SEM and the extended 'Steering Group Border' to design the next strategy phase in the field of integrated border management.

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teamimgDr. Kathrin Frey
E-MailPhone
teamimgFranz Kehl
E-MailPhone
07080910