PrEval: Evaluation Designs for the Prevention of Violent Extremism

Rotmann 2020 Pr Eval

A permanent memorial to honor the victims of the December 2016 terrorist attacks at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in Berlin. Source: Shutterstock

PrEval (“Evaluation Designs for Prevention Measures – multi-method approaches for impact assessment and quality assurance in extremism prevention and the intersections with violence prevention and civic education”) is a research project focused on Germany’s evaluation needs and capacities in preventing violent extremism. The project aims at developing evaluation designs in close collaboration with its policy partners in the German federal government. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) from March 2020 to December 2021 with funds from the National Programme to Prevent Islamist Extremism” (NPP). The PrEval consortium consists of four research and practice institutions and two cooperating partners led by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF).

The project’s three main pillars are:

  • Monitoring of evaluation needs and mapping of evaluation capacities in Germany, as well as a survey and assessment of evaluation structures in other countries;
  • Development, testing and preparation of multi-method evaluation designs;
  • Dissemination of the findings.

GPPi contributes to the project’s first pillar with a comparative study of evaluation structures outside of Germany. In this study, we look at international experiences in organizing evaluations, with a focus on the institutional design of quality assurance and evaluation in extremism prevention, crime prevention, and civic education. The goal is to translate recent developments, innovations and international best practices into policy options for the German government.

Beyond PRIF and GPPi, the PrEval consortium includes the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF), the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University (IKG), and the Violence Prevention Network (VPN). Cooperating partners supporting the consortium include Dr. Matthias Quent, IDZ Jena and ufuq​.de e.V.. PrEval is conceived as a continuously expanded network of research and practice institutions.

More information on the project and network can be found on the PrEval website (in German).