Monitoring and Evaluation
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The DFG has established a reporting system that allows regular monitoring and analysis of its funding activities. The DFG Funding Atlas, which is geared primarily to DFG member universities, provides comprehensive information on the subject and topic priorities of individual locations and regions. Helpful tools for the DFG’s internal monitoring are periodic surveys of Collaborative Research Centres and Research Training Groups, on topics such as the promotion of young researchers, gender equality, and international collaboration. One-time evaluation studies examine individual funding instruments in order to evaluate programmes, while others look at certain issues across programmes, e.g. by analysing DFG funding data in terms of gender equality.
A key principle of these activities is transparency. Consequently, the DFG publishes not only the actual studies but also summaries in the form of DFG Infobriefs as well as its statements on the studies. The studies are done jointly with institutes that specialise in monitoring and evaluating research and its funding.