Scientific evaluation

More insights, more impact 

d|part is a think tank for polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion. With our research, we want to con­tribute to  social devel­op­ment that enables all peo­ple to have a voice and par­tic­i­pate. There­fore, we sup­port civ­il soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions and polit­i­cal insti­tu­tions with applied research and sci­en­tif­ic exper­tise to fur­ther devel­op their projects and pro­grammes in this direc­tion. In doing so, we incor­po­rate our many years of expe­ri­ence in research and project work on par­tic­i­pa­tion process­es. Through sci­en­tif­ic eval­u­a­tions, our coop­er­a­tion part­ners gain a deep­er under­stand­ing of the effects, exist­ing strengths, weak­ness­es, chal­lenges and devel­op­ment poten­tial. Our aim is to strength­en our part­ners in their work by expand­ing their knowl­edge and increas­ing the impact of their projects. 

Our methodological toolbox for scientific evaluation 

We involve our coop­er­a­tion part­ners and their stake­hold­ers through­out the entire process in order to strength­en the inter­est and rel­e­vance of our sci­en­tif­ic eval­u­a­tion with­in the organ­i­sa­tion and the project. Togeth­er we design a cus­tomized con­cept for the sci­en­tif­ic eval­u­a­tion, tak­ing indi­vid­ual needs and spe­cif­ic require­ments into account. Our tool­box includes a wide range of meth­ods such as quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive sur­veys, impact mea­sure­ment, ana­lyis of empir­i­cal mate­r­i­al and data, work­shops, focus groups and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry obser­va­tion of events. This enables us to con­duct com­pre­hen­sive and in-depth analy­ses of a high sci­en­tif­ic qual­i­ty. We want our research to have an impact. That is why we also sup­port our part­ners in com­mu­ni­cat­ing the results with­in their orga­ni­za­tion and, on request, help them to extravert the find­ings to the gen­er­al pub­lic or oth­er tar­get groups. Shar­ing and dis­cussing the results beyond one’s own orga­ni­za­tion can make an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to bet­ter under­stand­ing, devel­op­ing and strength­en­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion. 

Strengthening democratic organizations 

We are a non-prof­it, inde­pen­dent and non-par­ti­san think tank. We have par­tic­u­lar exper­tise in work­ing on the socio-polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion of groups that are often polit­i­cal­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed. Our sci­en­tif­ic eval­u­a­tion is aimed at polit­i­cal or civ­il soci­ety foun­da­tions, think tanks, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, asso­ci­a­tions or ini­tia­tives as well as insti­tu­tions and admin­is­tra­tions at local, state and fed­er­al lev­el. 

Our coop­er­a­tion part­ners to date include the project „JUGENDSTIL* — Teil­habe und Mit­gestal­tung junger Migrant*innen in Ost­deutsch­land” from the Cit­i­zens for Cit­i­zens Foun­da­tion, the Kon­rad-Ade­nauer-Foun­da­tion and their pro­gramme „Gemeinsam.Demokratie.Gestalten.” and the non-prof­it Her­tie-Foun­da­tion. For their pro­gramme “Jugend entschei­det”, we were able to show through an impact mea­sure­ment how youth par­tic­i­pa­tion changes the atti­tudes and actions of both the munic­i­pal admin­is­tra­tions and the young peo­ple involved.

For enquiries or an exchange of infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Dr. Sascha Nicke. He is the coor­di­na­tor for sci­en­tif­ic eval­u­a­tions.