Right from the project planning stage Welthungerhilfe takes into consideration the outcomes it would like to achieve and how these should be measured. It is not merely a case of building wells or collecting rainwater, but is crucial that a consequence of drinking clean water should be a reduction in diarrhoeal diseases. In addition, monitoring should take place to assess whether, alongside the planned outcomes, unplanned and potentially negative impacts also arise. In such cases, in collaboration with project partners and local people, the reasons for this will be analysed and corrective measures developed.
Examination through independent evaluators
Through evaluations, Welthungerhilfe allows regular investigation and assessment of the quality and outcomes of sections of its project and programme work, by means of two to three-week local field visits. The evaluation thereby constitutes, on the one hand, a component of its professional accountability but, on the other hand, primarily provides the opportunity to learn systematically from field practice.
The "Internal Audit und Evaluation" staff unit is responsible for evaluations, is independent of the Programmes and Projects division and reports directly to the Secretary General. Independent evaluators are deployed who are proven experts in their field, are inter-culturally experienced and also possess an in-depth knowledge of the country. The deployment of teams (e.g. a European evaluator alongside an evaluator from the partner country) is particularly desirable and advantageous.
The guiding criteria for the project and programme evaluations are:
- Relevance (Suitability of the development measures with regard to the needs of the target population and partners, in view of, where applicable, changing basic conditions.)
- Effectiveness (Has the outcome, or whatever was planned, been achieved?)
- Efficiency (Could the same outcome have been achieved with less effort or fewer resources?)
- Impact (Will the outcomes be utilised? Are there short- or medium-term, intended or unintended impacts?)
- Sustainability (Will the positive effects of the development measures continue after completion? Will it lead to actual further development?).
Transparency and Accountability
On the basis of these five criteria compiled by the OECD Development Assistance Committee, expert project recommendations are drawn up. These recommendations are then critically examined together with the relevant parties, partners and local employees, as well as by the specialist departments at head office and, where possible, will be immediately implemented and integrated into future project planning. The summaries of the final evaluation reports (from 2006 onwards) are published here on the website in order to afford transparency and accountability to our work.