Profile Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner

Committed evaluator   

Passionate educator

Advocate of the „art of cooperation“

Supporter of European integration and
international cooperation


Interests and specialisations

  • Evaluation, qualitative social research, educational research
  • Formal and informal organisational structures and rules,
    management culture, „art of cooperation“
  • Making sense of quality and knowledge management
  • Complex projects & interventions in(to) social systems
  • International cooperation, networking,  policy consulting
  • Equality policies

Approaches and values

  • Systemic, constructivist approach
  • Resource orientation
  • Esteem for people and impartiality
  • Methodological accuracy
  • Scientific basis

Work experience

  • Management (deputy director) and research at a
    non-university research institute in Austria
  • International networking and project coordination
  • Evaluation and organisational consulting
  • Training and moderation

Memberships and expertise

  • Expert for the Lifelong learning programme (evaluation of project proposals and programme evaluations) both in Austria and on the European level since 1996

  • Expert for the European Network on Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (ENQA VET), now EQAVET

  • Member of the DeGEval "Gesellschaft für Evaluation"
    ("Evaluation Society")

    member of the  topical interest groups on
    - Vocational Education and Training
    - Gender Mainstreaming
    - Education and Training in Evaluation and
    - Evaluation in the private sector
    Co-speaker of the TIG Gender Mainstreaming

  • Member of the AEA "American Evaluation Association"

  • Member of the EES "European Evaluation Society"

  • Certified Quality Manager (ISO 9001), Certified Auditor (ISO 19011)

  • Certified EFQM European Excellence Assessor

  • Participation as assessor in the "Austrian Quality Award" (Business Excellence Award) "Staatspreis Unternehmensqualität"

  • Certified mediator 

Recent professional training


  • PhD in educational sciences/evaluation
        University of Klagenfurt 2006

  • History/Latin Master‘s Degree in Education/Teacher Training
        University of Vienna 1993

  • Studies and research semester
       University of California, Santa Barbara 1990-1992


  • Enthusiastic dancer: axis syllabus, Modern Horton, Salsa, Samba ...

  • Zealous but patient gardener with 2 balconies, a terrace, a front-yard and a membership in a self-governing neighbourhood garden project "Nachbarschaftsgarten Heigerlein" ( BlogVideo)



Dr. Maria

Dr.-Josef-Resch-Pl. 14/3
1170 Wien, Austria
T: +43 (664) 23 65 980

UID: ATU 65417159

ANKÖ Certificate 58692







"Developmental Evaluation"
Workshop for evaluation units of organisations for development cooperation,

Peer Learning
2nd InterCity Conference, Helsinki

Evaluation competencies and training of Peers 
Zeitschrift für Evaluation 2/2013

"Developmental Evaluation"
Session DeGEval Conference 2013, Munich

"Internationalisation of Austrian Schools
Qualitative Study

Study Visit "Peer Review" 
Peruigia, Italien

Seminar: "Gender Mainstreaming of Evaluations"
DeGEval-Conference 2013