Change with and of evaluation

The German Evaluation Society (DeGEval) organised a panel on September 16, 2021 to dis-cuss the role of evaluation research in times of societal transformation. Our colleague Anita Thaler was invited by the board of DeGEval to discuss this topic with Sandy Taut (Bayerisches Landesamt für Schule), Udo Kelle (Universität der Bundeswehr, Hamburg) and Ruppert Pichler (Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technol-ogy (BMK), Vienna).

Anita Thaler pointed out the specific role of monitoring and evaluation in projects focussing on structural change, ranging from sustainable food systems to gender equality in science and research.
For the evaluation of mandatory gender equality plans in the European Commission’s Hori-zon Europe research funding programme Thaler expects a respective evaluation strategy, which needs more evaluators with explicit gender expertise.