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
  • Gender/diversity/equity 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

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

    member of the  topical interest groups (TIG) on
    - Vocational Education and Training
    - Gender Mainstreaming (co-speaker 2011-2016)
    - Professionalisation
    - Environment

  • Member of the AEA "American Evaluation Association"

  • Former member of the EES "European Evaluation Society"

  • Monitoring expert for the Initiative Erwachsenenbildung (Initiative for Adult Learning Austria: Austrian programme for literacy, key competences and skills for all) (2012-2017)

  • 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 (since 2012)

  • 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

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: modern dance (Limon, Graham, axis syllabus, Horton technique; training at Tanzquartier Wien), ballet, pointe technique, salsa, samba ...

  • Member of the lay choir Kammerchor Dornbach (high soprano, but - after some recent vocal training to sing low notes - also willing to join alto or tenor)

  • Zealous but patient gardener with 2 balconies, a terrace, a back-yard and garden. Former chairperson of the first self-governing neighbourhood garden project "Nachbarschaftsgarten Heigerlein" ( BlogVideo)

  • Fashion designer (trading licence as tailor/dressmaker; training at the Viennese guild and at the University of Applied Arts Vienna) Instagram: undress.thelabel



Dr. Maria

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

UID: ATU 65417159








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