Institut für Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement
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Evaluating Sustainable Development

The need for evalu­ations in­creases for several reas­ons. First, de­cision-­makers are in­ter­ested in the views of vari­ous stake­hold­ers. Second, by striv­ing for ef­fi­ciency, the pub­lic sector in­creases the read­i­ness for learn­ing through feed­back. Third, reg­u­la­tions and bans are in­creas­ingly re­placed with vol­un­tary agree­ments, sub­sidies, in­form­a­tional and con­sult­ing pro­grams. Evalu­ations meas­ure not only the ef­fect­ive­ness of a policy or a pro­gram, but they also fa­vour sys­tem­atic learn­ing for all par­ti­cipants in­volved in the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment pro­cesses. In our the­or­et­ical re­search pro­jects we develop in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary meth­ods of evalu­ation in the con­text of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. In ap­plied pro­jects we con­duct evalu­ations of policies, pro­jects and pro­grammes for mu­ni­cip­al­it­ies, counties and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. By fos­ter­ing an in­ter­na­tional re­search net­work, we want to in­crease the schol­arly ex­change on meth­od­o­lo­gical is­sues as well as develop in­nov­at­ive pro­jects.