Publications

Would you like to learn more about Syspons and our services? In our publications you will find a selection of assessments and studies as well as numerous documentations of our work.

Evaluation of the Participation and Integration Law of the Federal State of Berlin

The Participation and Integration Law of the Federal State of Berlin (Partizipations- und Integrationsgesetz des Landes Berlins [PartIntG]) which was passed in 2010, was the first of its kind. After almost 10 years of application, the evaluation should prepare the amendment of the law, which the governing parties provide for in their coalition agreement for the current legislative period. For this reason, the evaluation is highly informative and focuses on the further development potential of the law.

Berlin Senate Department for Integration, Labour and Social Affairs

Scientific Monitoring and Evaluation of the Project "Entry Point German"

Within the framework of the "Einstieg Deutsch" (Entry Point German) project, adult education centres, associations and other organisations throughout Germany are implementing learning opportunities for initial language orientation. The German Adult Education Association (DVV) has commissioned Syspons to scientifically monitor and evaluate the project. In cooperation with the University of Paderborn, Syspons identified critical success factors, areas of improvement and challenges. The presentation gives an insight into the results.

German Adult Education Association (DVV)

Program-Level Mid-Term Evaluation „Powering Agriculture – An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC)”

The Challenge Fund Powering Agriculture is a multi-donor initiative of USAID, Sida and GIZ. It aims to promote sustainable innovations for accelerating the use of renewable energies in agricultural value chains and increasing agricultural productivity in developing countries. In the evaluation, Syspons analyzed the structures and processes of the Challenge Fund and its initially attained impacts. Moreover, it developed recommendations for the future strategic direction of the Fund.

German Corporation for International Development (GIZ)

Impact evaluation of the Belgian university development cooperation

The Special Evaluation Office of the Belgian Development Cooperation commissioned Syspons and Nuffic with an impact evaluation of the Belgian university development cooperation. The focus was on developing a methodology that was as robust as possible and appropriate to the topic, e.g. to measure the impact of scholarship programmes. To that effect, Syspons and Nuffic carried out a detailed evaluability analysis. Based on their findings, the partners evaluated the Belgian university cooperation using a novel mix of methods and a quasi-experimental design.

Special Evaluation Office of the Belgian Development Cooperation

Final Report of the Evaluation of the "One-World Promoter"-Programme

The "One-World Promoter"-programme provides, among other things, education on development politics in Germany. Syspons evaluated the programme according to the OECD/DAC criteria. The final evaluation report summarises the impacts achieved and recommendations for further development of the programme.

One-World Network of Federal States (agl) e.V. and the Foundation North-South-Bridges (SNSB)

Measuring the Safeguarding of Children's Rights in Refugee Accommodation in Germany

Save the Children supported six collective accommodation facilities in Germany in improving the conditions for children and families who have fled to Germany. Syspons helped Save the Children develop quality criteria and indicators for appropriate and resource-conscious refugee social work. The linked report "Accommodation TÜV" (Inspection) by Save the Children and Syspons elaborates on the said quality criteria.

Save the Children

Berlin Industrial Master Plan 2018-2021

In 2010, the Berlin Senate adopted its industrial policy strategy, the "Berlin Industrial Master Plan". It was developed by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Enterprises (SenWEB) together with chambers, associations, trade unions and other partners. Syspons designed and moderated the participatory process of updating the master plan from 2017 onwards. The master plan linked here is the result of this process and documents measures in four fields of action. For the strategic governance of the implementation process, Syspons also developed an integrated project management and transferred it to the master plan management office.

Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Enterprises (SenWEB)

Engaged City - Impact Observation by Syspons

Since 2015, the "Engaged City" program has been supporting the establishment of lasting civic engagement in cities and municipalities in Germany. Syspons has accompanied and helped to shape the development process of the participating cities, as well as preparing an impact analysis for the entire programme for the period 2015-2017. This video summarizes the results of an online survey from spring 2017 and indicates options of action for the participants in the engaged cities.

Körber Foundation

How can a robust measurement of the impact of scholarships be achieved when a panel survey is not feasible? Answers from an evaluation of the Belgian university development cooperation

In this article for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Syspons scrutinised how the impact of scholarships can be measured when a long-term study is not feasible. Syspons describes an alternative method for the evaluation of higher education cooperation, which generates robust results.

Special Evaluation Office of the Belgian Development Cooperation

Evaluation of the South-North Component of the Development Volunteer Service "weltwärts"

Syspons evaluated the three-year pilot phase of the North-South component of the programme "weltwärts", a development volunteer service for young people. Among other analyses, the North-South component was compared with similar programmes in Germany and abroad. Building on the evaluation results, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was able to improve and further develop the programme component.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Evaluation of the Model Project "Initial Orientation and Transmission of Values for Asylum Seekers"

The voluntary humanitarian organisation Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. (Die Johanniter) offers initial orientation courses for asylum seekers. These courses have been further developed by Die Johanniter with a focus on conveying values and fundamental rights. Syspons evaluated this model project. The report serves the purpose of learning as well as the measurement of impact and legitimation of the project towards the public.

St. John Accident Assistance (JUH)

Strategic Corporate Evaluation (USE) of the GIZ Gender Strategy

The gender strategy of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) addresses the issues of corporate culture, gender equality, gender competence, processes and accountability in the work of the GIZ. Syspons evaluated the strategy on the basis of an impact model developed jointly with the GIZ. The report summarises the evaluation results and illustrates them using tangible examples.

German Corporation for International Development (GIZ)

Strategic Corporate Evaluation (USE) of Co-Financing

In view of the steadily increasing number of co-financing cooperations with other donors, the German Corporation for International Cooperation's (GIZ) Executive Board commissioned a strategic evaluation on co-financing. Syspons was charged with carrying out the evaluation and analysed a number of aspects, such as transaction costs and scaling up. In their report, the GIZ incorporated a management response which specifically addresses the recommendations of the evaluation.

German Corporation for International Development (GIZ)

Evaluation of the Integrated Programmes

The Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - WOTRO Science for Global Development launched an "Integrated Programmes" scheme in 2007-2010. It serves to support problem-centred, interdisciplinary research in the Global South. Syspons evaluated this component through analyses, surveys and interviews using the OECD/DAC criteria. The report presents the results of the evaluation in detail.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - WOTRO Science for Global Development

Guiding Principles and Agenda for Germany as an Immigration Society

In 2016, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) convened a commission of experts consisting of representatives from politics, administration, business and society. The Commission was tasked to draw up guiding principles for Germany as a country of immigration. Syspons moderated the process of developing these guiding principles on behalf of the foundation. The final report contains the jointly developed guiding principles. Based on this output, Syspons moreover developed event formats for the dissemination of the guiding principles.

Friedrich-Ebert Foundation (FES)

Overview of integration offers for refugees and their family members in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)

Syspons analysed all integration offers for refugees and their family members in Schleswig-Holstein with regard to which groups of persons (differentiated according to residence status) have access to which of these offers. The results were presented in an overview table.


Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of the Interior, Rural Areas and Integration

Who decides? The second glance

Syspons accompanied the ABCami project on literacy and basic education in mosque communities. Part of the support was the coordination of the cooperation between the Design Akademie Berlin and the project. In various seminars, the students discussed the topics of education, written language and mosque communities as places of learning. Many different products resulted from this process, among them several videos. The visual poem “Who decides? The second impresion” was recognized as the best video (Students: Nathalie Araya, Onur Fis, Mane Friedrich, David Heuer, Sara Schwab, Alissa Verj).

Association for Intercultural Coexistence (Gesellschaft für interkulturelles Zusammenleben e.V.)

Evaluation of Low-Threshold Women's Courses

On behalf of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Syspons evaluated the so-called accessible women's courses. These low-threshold courses aim at encouraging immigrant women and at helping them integrate. The evaluation provides the BAMF with a detailed analysis of the effects of the courses and a series of concrete recommendations.

German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Meta-Evaluation of Project Evaluations (PEV)

The project evaluations (PEV) of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) were examined by Syspons in a meta-evaluation. The quality of the evaluations was systematically assessed using a detailed analysis grid. The results of the resultant report were presented at international conferences.

German Corporation for International Development (GIZ)

Improvement of the Local-Level Integration Processes in the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein

Syspons supported the Ministry of the Interior of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein with the integration-focussed reception of refugees. The aim of the project was to improve the cooperation between the actors and to develop processes. As a pivotal product, Syspons conceptualized and graphically prepared ideal-typical support processes for linguistic and labour market-oriented integration. The linked presentation interactively presents these model support processes.

Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of the Interior, Rural Areas and Integration

Report about consultancy services in the context of the process development of integration-oriented admission of refugees in districts and autnomous cities of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)

Syspons has supported all districts and autonomous cities of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein in optimizing their processes of integration-oriented admission of refugees. The processes have been visualized by flowcharts. The final report presents an overview of the results in all eight fields of action. Many of the administrative districts and cities have published their processes online (search for: „Integrationsorientierte Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen“).

Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of the Interior, Rural Areas and Integration

Learning in religious places

Syspons accompanied the ABCami project on literacy and basic education in mosque communities. The article on religious places as special places of learning was developed within the framework of this project.

Association for Intercultural Coexistence (Gesellschaft für interkulturelles Zusammenleben e.V.)

Engaged City - Impact Observation by Syspons

Since 2015, the "Engaged City" program has been supporting the establishment of lasting civic engagement in cities and municipalities in Germany. Syspons has accompanied and helped to shape the development process of the participating cities, as well as preparing an impact analysis for the entire programme for the period 2015-2017. This video explains the role of impact and impact monitoring in the programme, how impact-oriented work works and how Syspons intends to evaluate the process.

Körber Foundation

Departure into the Engaged City

Since 2015, the "Engaged City" program has been supporting the establishment of lasting civic engagement in cities and municipalities in Germany. Syspons has accompanied and helped to shape the development process of the participating cities, as well as preparing an impact analysis for the entire programme for the period 2015-2017. In this video, the interim results of an online survey and from the 1st Engagement Forum 2016 are presented and, based on these results, advice is given regarding the approach proven to be favorable.

Körber Foundation