Evaluation of the State Program “"Cosmopolitan Saxony —for Democracy 				and Tolerance”"

Short description
The state coalition government of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats elected on September 19, 2004, launched a program to promote democracy, tolerance, and a open-mindedness in the state of Saxony. In pursuit of its overall goal of strengthening a culture of democracy, the program set itself five objectives:

- To highlight extremism, racism, and anti-Semitism as central social issues
- To strengthen democratic values in an active civil society
- To mobilize Saxon citizens against totalitarian thinking and for tolerance and solidarity
- To provide training and consultation to those dealing with violence and extremism in a professional capacity
- To protect victims

The evaluation concept pursued by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at the University of Bielefeld and proVal described and analyzed funding decisions at the program level and investigated how program goals were realized via the funded measures.

At the project level the concepts for and execution of twelve projects were evaluated and six projects subjected to an impact analysis. The projects were selected for evaluation according to project type—networking, communication of democracy, training of multipliers, or promotion of tolerance.

The evaluation served to optimize the conception and execution of certain types of project. Research support and monitoring allowed the overall program to be improved and its concept optimized. The evaluation was based on the standards of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Evaluation (DeGEval 2004) (German Evaluation Association).
Duration
01.12.2007-31.12.2008
Staff
Herr Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer
Herr Dr. Rainer Strobl
Herr Dr. Kai Unzicker
Herr Olaf Lobermeier
Cooperation partners
Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung
proVal - Gesellschaft für sozialwissenschaftliche Analyse, Beratung und Evaluation