How do evaluators arrive at their assessments? They can apply any of the re­cog­nised evaluation methods such as empirical social re­search, organisational assess­ment or calculating cost-effectiveness. There is an emerging agreement in the evaluation community that a mixture of quantitative and qualitative analysis produces the best results. Care is taken to ensure that data and sources of in­formation are al­ways cross-checked and the principle of multiple scrutiny is applied.

Working papers on methodology

The Evaluation Working Papers that are published at irregular inter­vals include discussions about the methods and approaches adopted in individual evaluations and about overarching aspects of metho­do­logy. The BMZ publishes these work­ing papers in order to make it easier for those interested to find out about the ongoing inter­natio­nal dis­cussion in this field and to read about practical examples from German development cooperation. This information does not imply a recommendation by the BMZ that specific methods should be used – the "right" method is always the one that is appropriate for the questions being considered. The Evaluation Working Papers are published either in German or in English.

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