Monitoring & Evaluation

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) helps organizations to learn and holds them accountable for their actions and achievements. At GPPi, we conduct research on which M&E systems work best, and when. We help organizations develop the M&E system that best suits their needs. We also conduct evaluations, designing them to be as useful as possible by: designing evaluations together with clients; involving key stakeholders throughout the process; approaching each subject with an open mind; using state-of-the-art methods; working with clients to fine-tune recommendations; writing as clearly as we can; spending time to discuss findings and; and returning later to discuss and track follow-up.


Close the Gap: How to Leverage Local Analysis for Stabilization and Peacebuilding

Without a granular understanding of the political dynamics at work in places where violence occurs, even the best-intentioned stabilization efforts may go wrong. Local analysis can help, but using it requires sustained investment.


Whose Bright Idea Was That?

How do think tankers know if they are making a difference? The short answer: most don’t, even though many think tanks are doing more to try to measure their effectiveness and impact. We propose a framework that can help organizations like ours better assess and perhaps even improve their work.

Project report

Doubling Down on the Nexus

How does UNHCR cooperate with its development partners? And how does their partnership affect refugees? This report offers findings from a three-year-long first phase (20182021) evaluation with the International Security and Development Center.


Technologies for Monitoring in Insecure Environments

Insecure environments are unlikely settings for innovation, yet they have produced several new approaches. In these settings, technologies like mobile phones, radios and GPS trackers are sometimes the only way to send and receive vital information, or track the movement of goods.

Select Projects


PrEval: Improving Violent Extremism Prevention Through Evaluation

Together with the PrEval consortium, we are developing evaluation designs to assess Germany’s needs and capacities in preventing violent extremism.


Evaluation: UNHCR and Humanitarian-Development Cooperation

We took stock of UNHCR’s level of cooperation with development actors, assessing the effects of this cooperation, and supporting UNHCR in refining its strategy and operational approach.

Evaluation report

Evaluation of WFP Policies on Humanitarian Principles and Access in Humanitarian Contexts

This report assesses how the World Food Programme applies the humanitarian principles and negotiates access, and offers recommendations for improvement.

By Julia Steets, Alexander Gaus, Claudia Meier, Janika Spannagel, Mark Bui, Adele Harmer, Abby Stoddard

Evaluating the Humanitarian System’s Response to Droughts in Ethiopia

Between 2015 and 2018, Ethiopia saw severe droughts that triggered a large-scale international humanitarian response. But did it meet its objectives and the needs of affected people?


Andrea Binder

Non-Resident Fellow

Sarah Brockmeier

Non-Resident Fellow

Katrin Kinzelbach

Non-Resident Fellow

Julian Lehmann

Project Manager

Philipp Rotmann


Janika Spannagel

Non-Resident Fellow

Sarah Bressan

Research Fellow

Alexander Gaus

Project Manager

Susanna Krüger

Non-Resident Fellow

Claudia Meier

Non-Resident Fellow

Elias Sagmeister

Non-Resident Fellow

Julia Steets


Funding & Contact

Our funders and clients include the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UK Department of International Aid (DFID), and the German Foreign Office.

For more information, please contact Julia Steets.