PrEval – Evaluation Designs for Preventative Measures

Multimethod approaches to impact assessments and quality assurance in extremism prevention and at its interfaces with violence prevention and political education

PrEval is a collaborative project aimed at advancing quality assurance structures in German extremism prevention and at its interfaces with crime prevention and political education. Its methods include analysis, monitoring and mapping formats, multimethod pilot studies and conferences. The project was set up to improve the quality and effectiveness of preventative measures across Germany on a permanent, long-term basis. PrEval covers a broad spectrum that includes religious as well as political forms of extremism.

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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).


Concrete measures

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.


Violence Prevention Network gGmbH
Alt-Reinickendorf 25
13407 Berlin

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The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community.