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Alexander Erich (GIZ Evaluation Office): Fostering change in GIZ through evaluation management


Title of the case
Fostering change in GIZ through evaluation management

Subject of the monitoring and/or evaluation:
From 2006 to 2014 GIZ implemented annual cycles of evaluations of projects in different sectors (portfolio evaluations), including peace and conflict, vocational training, health and education, among others. Evaluation findings were synthesised for each sector and a process initiated for individual and institutional learning from evaluation. While a fairly standardised system was put in place, the different cycles were characterised by specific dynamics regarding the use of evaluation findings and their utility for promoting change. Shaping utility-oriented evaluation processes in light of institutional structures, organisational culture and sometimes diverging stakeholder interests makes evaluation management an intricate and intriguing task. The case of GIZ’s portfolio evaluations provides and illustrates a conceptual framework composed of different approaches – from organic to planned processes and from agent provocateur to consensus-oriented models - employed in practice to foster the use of evaluation findings in a large implementing agency.


Name of case owner:
Alexander Erich

GIZ Evaluation Office

HQ, Germany

Current function:
Evaluation Officer

Your role in this Utilisation case:
Manager in charge of evaluations presented

Other relevant experiences/background:
Alex has worked in international development for the past ten years, including as technical advisor and consultant in several countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He has managed evaluations for various international agencies, including the World Bank, SDC and Sida. In the GIZ Evaluation Office he has recently coordinated evaluations of projects in education and rural development, as well as evaluations of the organisation’s policies and strategies. His keen interest is on how to shape effective stakeholder involvement in evaluations.