IMPULSE offers support to public institutions, non-profit organisations, enterprises and individuals in the areas of
- evaluation and quality management
- organisational development
- internationale networking and cooperation
- project design and development
- training and moderation.
Here you can find an overview of the key areas of expertise
Evaluation and quality assurance in adult education
Introductory seminar to evaluation and quality assurance for the Master's programme Adult Education, bifeb) Strobl
Contents: What is evaluation? What can it be used for? Who evaluattes? What types of evaluation exist? What are important evaluation questions in adult education institutions? What are feasible and fun evaluation methods?
Evaluating the teaching and learning process, giving feedback and managing successful projects
Various seminars for schools offered through the KPH Wien, the University College of Teacher Education Vienna/Krems
More information (in German) here
How can we write clear and concise reports, adhere to external requirements and still enjoy it?
Seminar for the IAB, Linz
"Equity-focused evaluations" - online training course
An eight-week online training course on equity-focused evaluations is starting on Sept. 10, 2012. It is offered to evaluators around the world free of charge by UNICEF, Claremont Graduate University and IOCE, under the EvalPartners initiative, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with UN Women. More
Peer Review Impact Guidelines
The project Peer Review Impact (2009-2011) aimed to investigate the effects of Peer Review on institutions that had undergone a Peer Review. Based on the findings of this research, Peer Review Impact Guidelines were developed by a transnational expert team. The guidelines support vocational education and training institutions in their efforts to maximise the impact of Peer Review.
The Peer Review Impact Guidelines in English can be found here
Other language versions (including a German version) will be available soon.
an innovative study programme in practice
Evaluation of Computer-Science-Management (CSM) at the Hertha Firnberg Schulen für Wirtschaft und Tourismus, Vienna, 2010/2011
The aims of the evaluation commissioned by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture were to determine how CSM would succeed in practice, i.e. whether the underlying concept would qualify as suitable and capable of meeting expectations, and to document and analyse examples and recommendations for gender-sensitive instruction and school models.
The report in German language is available as well as an English summary:
Report Evaluation Computer-Science-Management 2010-11 (German, pdf 5,3 MB)
English Summary (pdf 82 KB)
Effective training provision -
Planning, implementing and evaluating training successfully
Article in weiterbildung aktuell 2011/2012
Companies invest considerable funds in continuing training, expecting employees to become or remain up-to-date in their professional qualifications. So what do they have to consider when choosing a training offer or a trainer? The article gives answers to these and other questions relating to the planning, implementation and evalation of training in companies.
The article in German can be downloaded here
Evaluation "Netbooks in schools 2010/2011"
After a first pilot in 2009/2010, the project "Netbooks in schools" has been extended to 24 schools comprising different school "types" - from elementary school to upper secondary education and training - from all over Austria. The aim of the project was to further develop the pedagogical potential of netbooks as versatile and mobile devices for enhancing learning in schools. Starting 2011/2012 the use of netbooks will be possible for a wide range of schools in Austria.
In the light of the intended roll-out of netbook use in schools, the Austrian Ministry of Education, Art and Culture (BMUKK) commissioned IMPULSE - Evaluation and Organisational Development to conduct an evaluation of the project in order to 1) come to a summative assessment of the experiences of the participating schools in the use of netbooks and 2) elaborate recommendations for the future broad deployment of netbooks in Austrian schools.
The report can be found here
Competencies of evaluators and didactics of evaluation
Presentation of the experiences of the Gesellschaft für Evaluation (DeGEval) concerning the definition of evaluator competencies and didactics of evaluation at the yearly conference of the Italian Evaluation Association on April 14, 2011 in Trento.
Evaluation of Change Management
How can evaluation create additional benefits and complement traditional systems of reporting, controlling and consulting in enterprises and corporation? In which areas can evaluation be applied? Which methods are suitable? These and other related topics will be investigated in a presentation by Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner. More (in German)
"3. Internationalen Symposiums für Berufs- und Betriebspädagogik" at the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Oct. 7, 2011
Further information is available here (in German)
Evaluation of the project "ÖGB KulturlotsInnen"
"Art and culture for everybody!"
The project "ÖGB KulturlotsInnen" aims to create an "appetite for art and culture". Through the use of the trade unions networks and by offering tailored programmes the participation of adults in Viennese cultural life is enhanced.
More (in German)
The unique project closes a gap in the promotion of art and culture for adults in employement. It was initiatied by the Verband Österreichischer Gewerkschaftlicher Bildung (VÖGB) and cofinanced by the city of Vienna. After a two-year implementation phase, the project underwent an external evaluation by "IMPULSE - Evaluation and Organisational Development" in order to reach a summative assessment of the project and to develop recommendations for its possible continuation.
The evaluation report can be found here (in German)
Offers for Pedagocial Universities / Schools of Education
IMPULSE - Evaluation and Organisational Development provides special offers for pegagogical universities in the following areas: internal and external evaluation, quality management, education and training in evaluation and QM , Peer Review and international collaboration in evaluation.
The offers can be found here (in German so far)
Didactics of education and training in evaluation
In the past two years, the working group on education and training in evaluation of the Evaluation Society (DeGeval) has developed recommendations for the didactics of education and training in evaluation. The recommendations were adopted by the members of the working group at the spring meeting in Marburg on March 25, 2011.
Didactics of education and training in evaluation
Recommendations of the working group on education and training in evaluation of the Evaluation Society – DeGEval e.V.
First edition (March 2011)
Authors: Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner, Jan Hense, Stefanie Kihm, Katrin Lüth und Heike Steckhan
Peer Review as an alternative to state-organised external evaluation?
Presentation and workshop at the yearly conference of the association of teachers at vocational schools of business administration in Nordrhein-Westfalen
March 18, 2011, Bochum
More (in German)
First analysis report QALLL - Quality Assurance in Lifelong Learning
The Project QALLL - Quality Assurance in Lifelong Learning aims to analyse, assess and further disseminate the results and products of projects dealing with quality assurance from the programmes Leonardo da Vinci (vocational education and training) and Grundtvig (Adult education).
A first, quantitative Analysis of 80 completed projects was carried out by a team of 7 experts coordinated by Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner in autumn 2010. The analysis report can be found here
Following activities of the project comprise a qualitative analysis of key issues in quality assurance of vocational education and training and adult education across Europe and the development of recommendations for future programmes. The project cooperates with EQAVET.
Peer Review Impact - Evaluation Report
The impact of Peer Reviews on institutions of vocational education and training participating in the "Peer Review Projects" (2004 to 2009) has been investigated and analysed in an international study.
The evaluation report is available from IMPULSE - Evaluation and Organisational Development upon request.