A joint approach
The dialogue-based structure of the association and its network support the development of a joint approach by the various participants of the field of prevention. On this basis, the PrEval association will create operative value for a range of stakeholders. For specialised professionals, it organises pilot studies focusing on the development of multimethod evaluation designs and closes research gaps in the development of cross-phenomenal and interdisciplinary evaluation studies in the field of prevention. For political decision-makers, administrative authorities and security agencies, its research insights inform the advancement of existing quality assurance and improvement plans in the field of prevention.
Consolidating research, practice and policy
The joint research project is coordinated by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). It is implemented in collaboration with additional partners and carried out on a dialogue basis at the interfaces of research, practice, policy, administration and security. Apart from Violence Prevention Network, the association consists of the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF), the Global Public Policy Institute Berlin (GPPi) and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG).
The project is divided into three pillars:
- monitoring of evaluation requirements, mapping of evaluation capacities and structures
- development and initial testing of multimethod evaluation designs
- knowledge transfer
The association strives to ensure that its network and analyses meet the requirements of all relevant phenomena equally and tentatively expand its focus to additional fields. This involves the analysis of international evaluation structures in order to generate impulses for the debate in Germany; it also requires taking relevant experiences from other policy areas into account. To this end, the PrEval association maintains an exchange with DEval, the German Institute for Development Evaluation and other partner institutions.