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.


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.

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

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.


Evaluating P/CVE: Institutional Structures in International Comparison

Preventing and countering violent extremism (P/​CVE) is an emerging field with a wealth of experience but few proven recipes for success. Do we know if existing measures are effective?

Evaluating the Humanitarian System’s Response to the Drought in Ethiopia

GPPi is undertaking an inter-agency humanitarian evaluation (IAHE) of the emergency response to the droughts in Ethiopia since 2015. The IAHE independently assesses the extent to which the collective results of the humanitarian response met their objectives and the needs of affected people. Using stakeholder interviews, a survey of and focus group discussions with people affected by the drought, document review, data analysis, and an aid worker survey, this is the first IAHE to assess the humanitarian system’s response to a slow-onset, recurrent disaster.

More about this project


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.