Principles & Standards

Evaluation Principles and Standards

The proven organisational skills of our employees, as well as their expertise in external quality assurance, is what we make available to the client, the members of the unit to be evaluated and if necessary, the chosen auditors.

Our goal is to devote time, human resources and financial resources in appropriate balance to the results of the procedure. This makes it important to have a thorough clarification of the assignment at the beginning of the procedure. Only then is it possible for an evaluation to provide the service that is expected in that particular case: e.g. demonstrate potential and improvements, establish transparency and confidence, take stock.

General Evaluation Standards

As a member of the Society for Evaluation (DEGEVAL e.V.), we align our standards to theirs and also to the belief that evaluations should illustrate the four fundamental qualities:

  • usefulness
  • feasibility
  • fairness
  • precision

The principle of evidence-based evaluation shapes our approach: for every evaluation, we search for suitable evidence (supporting documents) together with the client. This may be quantitative, but quality issues in educational processes are usually of a qualitative nature.

Specific Standards for Evaluations

To what extent we use pre-defined quality criteria as evaluation parameters, depends on the choice of type of evaluation that we offer: