Politicians and administrators in different countries face similar challenges in setting up organizational structures for the evaluation of measures to prevent extremism. International comparative analysis of these structures and cross-national exchange can contribute valuable insights into the design of evaluation structures in Germany. This Spotlight presents initial findings from the country studies conducted as part of the PrEval project. The focus is on striking a balance between learning culture and accountability, as well as on issues related to funding and the implementation of fit-for-purpose evaluation formats.
Download pdf: Bressan, Sarah/Friedrich, Julia/Wagner, Marie (2021): Governing Evaluations. Internationally Shared Challenges to Organizing the Evaluation of Extremism Prevention, PRIF Spotlight 9/2021, Frankfurt/M.
This PRIF Spotlight has also been published in German. Download the German pdf: Bressan, Sarah/Friedrich, Julia/Wagner, Marie (2021): Evaluationsstrukturen gestalten. Herausforderungen in der Extremismusprävention im internationalen Vergleich, PRIF Spotlight 10/2021, Frankfurt/M.
The vast majority of German prevention practice in the field of Islamist extremism is generally open and positive toward the evaluation and scientific monitoring of measures. More than the question of “whether”, the focus is on “how”. There is a desire for more needs-oriented evaluation formats that are designed to systematically incorporate perspectives and experiences of the evaluated practice. This spotlight presents the first interim results of an extensive survey of evaluation experiences and needs that was conducted among measure providers in the field of prevention of Islamist extremism in Germany.
The prevention of right-wing extremism has developed into a multifaceted field of work and action. In the past decades, quality standards and comprehensive evaluation experiences have been developed. Based on a standardized survey as well as background discussions and workshops within the PrEval project, this Spotlight summarizes experiences and challenges reported by practitioners of prevention work. The resulting needs and requirements of practitioners should be taken into account when designing evaluations and quality management measures.
At the end of 2020, the “Kabinettausschuss zur Bekämpfung von Rechtsextremismus und Rassismus” adopted an extensive catalog of measures, which also recommends strengthening cooperation between security authorities and civil society. Although some successful approaches already exist, there still seems to be a need for development at this central interface of extremism prevention. Here, innovative evaluation projects can make an important contribution by helping to strengthen existing initiatives, overcome potential hurdles and at the same time provide the necessary space for clear demarcation between the groups of actors.
Download pdf: Ruf, Maximilian/Walkenhorst, Dennis (2021): Evaluation im Kooperationskontext. Chancen zur Gestaltung der Zusammenarbeit von Sicherheitsbehörden und Zivilgesellschaft, PRIF Spotlight 3/2021, Frankfurt/M.
In the public discussion of extremist attacks and terrorist acts, high expectations are often formulated for civic education as an instrument of prevention. However, this raises the question of what civic education can and should achieve. Civic education offers more than a handout for dealing with current challenges posed by political extremisms. Its core task is to support the active participation of all people in political and social life. In doing so, it also contributes to prevention. Civic education and prevention do not form a single unit, but together they generate added value for a society that protects itself from anti-human and anti-democratic extremisms.
Download pdf: Schlicht-Schmälzle, Raphaela/Kroll, Stefan/Theis, Désirée (2021): Mehr als Prävention. Politische Bildung und Extremismusprävention: Schnittmengen und Herausforderungen, PRIF Spotlight 02/2021, Frankfurt/M.
Extremism prevention in Germany is broadly based, with a large number of actors, approaches and measures. This diversity is a key strength. At the same time, it poses major challenges for quality management, for example in the form of evaluation, as it must combine a variety of perspectives. Evaluation can determine the impact of a prevention measure, but often also focuses on the management within a measure. In any case, evaluation supports the further development of measures on a scientific basis. However, this can only be achieved if the evaluators and the evaluated have a common understanding of the problem and the objectives, which includes both the needs of practice and scientific criteria.
Download pdf: Junk, Julian/Klöckner, Mona/Kroll, Stefan/Leimbach, Katharina/Schlicht-Schmälzle, Raphaela/Tultschinetski, Sina (2020): Evaluation in der Extremismusprävention. Chancen einer vielfältigen Landschaft nutzen, PRIF Spotlight 8/2020, Frankfurt/M.