If we want sustainability we strive for beauty, not efficiency.
Nicolás Gómez Dávila

"Supporting innovative projects"

IMPULSE offers support to public institutions, non-profit organisations, enterprises and individuals in the areas of

  • evaluation and monitoring
  • quality management of projects and organisations
  • project design and project development
  • learning from evaluations and organisational development.

The focus lies on evaluation, be it "classical" external evaluation or support for internal or self-evaluation or peer review. 

Additionally, consulting and workshops/trainings in evaluation are offered.

An overview of the key areas of expertise can be found here



Enhancing commitment to use of internal evaluations

Symposion of the fteval, ­30.11.2020 (venue in Vienna or online)

According to common wisdom internal evaluations are used to bring about improvements and development more often and to a higher degree than external evaluations. After all, the evaluation has been "commissioned" and conducted by the organisation itself. Yet, how strong is the commitment to following-up on internal evaluations in real organisations? And how can the use of results be enhanced?

The Austrian Plattform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation fteval will dedicate its annual symposion to delving into the matter. In the conference different starting points and stumbling blocks for internal evaluations will be discussed from different perspectives.

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner will facitlitate the event, which will be held on-site in Vienna or online (depending on the Covid-19 situation).

Registration here


"Evaluation and Organisational Development"

Course in the Master of Evaluation/Professional studies programme at the University of Bern

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner gave a course on Evaluation and Organisational Development at the University of Bern on Oct. 18-19.

Informationen on the course and the programme can be gleaned from the homepage of the Zentrum für Weiterbildung ZUW of the University of Bern here


Qualität ist kein Zufall

Wie kommt die Qualität zum Lehren und Lernen?

Der im ÖGB-Verlag erschienene Band "Qualität ist kein Zufall" befasst sich mit der Evaluation und Qualitätssicherung von Lehr-/Lernprozessen durch die Lehrenden selbst.

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiners Beitrag "Wie kommt die Qualität zum Lehren und Lernen?" befasst sich mit den Herausforderungen, denen sich Lehrende, aber auch die Bildungseinrichtungen als Ganze stellen müssen, um eine lehr-/lernorientierte Qualitätsentwicklung zu implementieren.

Gutknecht-Gmeiner, Maria (2019): Wie kommt die Qualität zum Lehren und Lernen? In: Qualität ist kein Zufall, hrsg. von Schratter, Daniela, Steinklammer, Elisabeth; Taucher, Philipp, Wien: ÖGB Verlag, 26-41.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier


Peer Review für Anbieter von Validierungsverfahren von non-formalem und informellem Lernen

Das Projekte Peer Review VNFIL Extended wurde erfolgreich zu Ende geführt. Es ermöglichte erstmals einen grenzüberschreitende Pilotierung von Peer Review als entwicklungsorientiertem Evaluationsverfahren. Teilgenommen haben Validierungseinrichtungen aus den Niederlanden, Portugal, Frankreich, Österreich, Slowakei und Litauen.

Die offiziellen Projekt-Webseiten sind

www.peer-review-vnfil.eu (österreichische Homepage in deutscher Sprache)

www.peerreview.work (Projekthomepage in englischer Sprache)


Qualitätskriterienkatalog für die Validierung von informellem und non-formalem Lernen in Österreich

Eben wurde der Kriterienkatalog zur Förderung der Qualität von Validierungs­verfahren im Bereich der Berufs­- und Erwachsenenbildung in Österreich veröffentlicht.

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner erarbeitete die wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen für den Kriterienkatalog durch umfassende nationale und internationale Recherchen, moderierte die für die Entwicklung einberufene ExpertInnengruppe, entwarf die Struktur des Katalogs und verfasste die Texte.

Hier geht's zum Kriterienkatalog


Qualität in Bildungseinrichtungen: Wie kommt die Qualität zum Lehren und Lernen

Vortrag auf der Tagung "Qualität ist kein Zufall" am 22. März 2018

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner hielt auf der von AMS Österreich, AK/VÖGB ReferentInnen Akademie, GPA-djp und abif veranstalteten Tagung "Qualität ist kein Zufall. Aus der Praxis lernen" am 22. März in Wien die Keynote zum Thema "Qualität in Bildungseinrichtungen: Wie kommt die Qualität zum Lehren und Lernen?

Die Präsentationsunterlagen finden Sie hier



Workshops "Developmental Evaluation, 23.1.2014, Bonn

1) Workshop for the evaluation units of the German political foundations
2) Workshop at the annual meeting of the evaluation units of the German organisations for development cooperation

On January 23, 2014, Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner gave two workshops on "Developmental Evaluation" (Michael Q. Patton).


Launching Conference Erasmus+, 22.1.2014, Hofburg Wien

Round-table discussion "Thematic Forum 1: Mobility under Erasmus+ following European and national political goals - Mobility for all"

On January 22, 2014, Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner took part in a round-table discussion on mobility under Erasmus+. During the discussion, experiences of different educational sectors with the "Lifelong Learning Programme" were reflected and the opportunities and challenges of the new programme highlighted.

Information on the Launching Conference Erasmus+ in Austria  more


Presentation on "Cross-border Peer Learning"

"Peer Learning in Local Youth Work and Policy" 
2nd InterCity Conferenc in Helsinki 

On December 9, 2013, Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner gave a keynote on "Cross-border Peer Learning" at the second InterCity Conference in Helsinki.

The presentation can be found here


Workshop "Evaluation" for Team Focus, Fonds Soziales Wien

On November 13, 2013, Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner gave a workshop on evaluation for  Team Focus, a department of the "Fonds Soziales Wien", who conduct community and neighbourhood analyses commissioned by the city of Vienna. 

The workshop tackled the question how evaluation differs from the usual studies and analyses of  Team Focus, in what areas these studies already encompass evaluative elements and how their services can be developed further with a view to evaluation.


Computer-Science-Management: Tentative "final" evaluation

During the third and fourth year of the implementation of Computer-Science-Management (CSM) at the Hertha Firnberg Schulen the evaluation and process facilitation by IMPULSE continued.

Special foci were: effects of CSM on school development, the planing the continuation within the framework of the new curriculum "Communication and Media Design" (Kommunikations- und Mediendesign) and the information and recruitment of the target group. In addition, a comprehensive analysis of all data since the beginning of the study programme in 2010/11 was conducted including time series.

The report is available upon request: contact


Presentation on the "Europeanisation of Austrian education and educational policies", 5.11.2013, Linz

Lecture series at the pedagocial university Upper Austria on the Austrian National Education Report 2012

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner gave a presentation on the "European chapter" of the National Education Report 2012 on November 5, 2013 at the Pedagogical University of Upper Austria

The presentation was recorded, the video can be found  here


Gender mainstreaming of evaluations

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner is member and co-speaker of the Topical Interest Group on Gender Mainstreaming in the DeGEval (Gesellschaft für Evaluation; German-Austrian Evaluation Society).

For the revisions of the "Standards of Evaluation", the Topical Interest Group developed a paper delineating the consideration of Gender Mainstreaming in the standards. A short report on this topic has now been published in the "Zeitschrift für Evaluation" (Evaluation Journal):

Gutknecht-Gmeiner, Maria; Wotha, Brigitte, Wroblewski, Angela (2013): Considering Gender. Qualitätsvolle Evaluierung durch Einbeziehung der Geschlechterperspektive in Evaluationen, In: Zeitschrift für Evaluation, Jahrgang 12, Heft 2, 349-352. (Considering Gender. High-quality evaluation through integration of a gender perspective in evaluation)


Peer Evaluation: Are Peers evaluators?

If yes, what kind of competences and training do they need?

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner has spent the past years investigating the evaluation competencies of "peers" who assume the role of external evaluators in peer evaluations/ peer reviews. In the last issued of the "Zeitschrift für Evaluation" an article on this topic was published:

Gutknecht-Gmeiner, Maria (2013): Experten, Gutachterinnen oder Dilettanten: Welche Evaluationskompetenz und Schulung benötigen Peers? In: Zeitschrift für Evaluation, Jahrgang 12, Heft 2, 235-256. (Experts, Reviewers or Amateurs: What Kind of Competence and Training in Evaluation Do Peers Need?)

Zeitschrift für Evaluation: Information on the volume can be found  here
Download Abstract (English) here


Presentation "Dealing with uncertainty - experiences with Developmental Evaluation"

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner put up for discussion her experiences with "Developmental Evaluation according to Patton as an approach for coping with uncertainty and complexity in evaluations". The presentation took place in the session of the Topical Interest Group on Vocational Training during the yearly conference of the DeGEval on September 13, 2013.

Further information and the presentation are available (in German) here


Seminar: Gender Mainstreaming of evaluations – how to "gender" evaluations

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner gave a seminar on gendering evaluations at the 16th Conference of the DeGEval in Munich on September 11, 2013.

Further information (in German) can be found  here


Internationalisation of Austrian schools

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner conducted an explorative study on the internationalisation of Austrians schools commissioned by the Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. The study was carried out together with Katharina Novy in 2012/13.

Gutknecht-Gmeiner, Maria; Novy, Katharina (2013): Bericht zur Internationalisierung der österreichischen Schulen - eine qualitative Untersuchung, i.A. des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur, Wien.

A comprehensive report is available upon request: Contact

In addition, Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner wrote an article on internationalisation for the anthology "Schule grenzenlos" (School without frontiers):

Gutknecht-Gmeiner, Maria (2013): Internationalisierung der österreichischen Schulen, In: Gesslbauer, Ernst; Großruck, Ursula; Siegele Petra (Hg.): Schule grenzenlos. Erfahrungen und Herausforderungen im 21. Jahrhundert, Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 36-48.

Information on the publication can be found  here


"Youth in action" Conference in Bonn, May 7-8, 2013: Workshop on Peer Learning

"Europe - A place of learning" was the title of a workshop which focused on "cross-border peer learning as an instrument to professionalise youth policy and youth work practitioners". The workshop explored different perspectives and approaches to peer learning on the European level. 

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner from IMPULSE gave an overview of cross-border Peer Learning, offering definitions, presenting formats and discussin challenges and opportunities. The presentation can be downloaded here 



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Enhancing commitment to use of internal evaluations
fteval conference, 30.11.2020
Further information and registration here


Evaluation of meta-level evaluations
for the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V.,  
Brot für die Welt


Evaluation "Stadtgrün - Artenreich und Vielfältig"
(Enhancing urban biodiversity) 
Kick-off  more


Evaluation "Weltumspannend arbeiten"
"working globally", an awareness-raising and policy project of the Austrian Trade Union Federation
Final presentation  more


Evaluation "Richtig fit für ASVÖ-Vereine"
Rrganisational development for Austrian sport clubs
5th project cycle more


Evaluation and Organization Development (OD)
Course for the Master of Evaluation, University of Bern
Evaluation training offer at University of Bern