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EVALUATION OF PROJECTS

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We offer evaluation services of various types based on the needs of the client. Evaluation services are intended for those who implement projects and need to learn about results, impacts and assessments of strategies taken in implemented projects.

High-quality evaluation helps project staff and managers get arguments on the meaningfulness and results of supported projects. At the same time it offers them recommendations on how to make the project better.

In evaluation contracts, we pay great attention to clarifying the following conditions and aspects of evaluation:

  • Reasons for evaluation and suitable types of evaluation.
  • Formulation of terms of reference.
  • Well-done evaluation plan which is realistic in terms of capacity and time.
  • Adequate methods (most frequently we use: specially designed questionnaires, structured and semi-structured interviews, focus groups, the Delft method, surveys, study of materials but also making use of a control group or a discussion forum).
  • Evaluation report (most frequently in writing with charts, or verbal feedback and a group discussion, along with an analysis of the presented report with the client).

PDCS conducted over 80 evaluations of short-term and long-term projects as well as evaluations of organizations and partnerships in Slovakia and abroad. Examples include:

  • Human resources and content audit of Timus company (2008 – 2009)
  • Evaluation of information and advisory centers for the Roma (Open Society Foundation Slovakia), 2005 – 2006
  • Evaluation of the Carpathian Foundation focused on future direction of its programs in Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and Poland (Bardejov, 1997, Romania 2000)
  • Evaluation and strategic planning for Partners Baltic, Vilnius, (2001)
  • Evaluation of CEEN program design in Serbia and Montenegro, Belgrade, (2003)
  • Assessment of the long-term PACT program supported by the Council of Europe in 11 countries of the Balkans (2005)
  • Analysis and/or evaluation of four dialogues on public policies. ÚVSK SAV (2013)
  • Evaluation of activities of IOM (2012)

CONSULTANTS

  • Dušan Ondrušek

    Chairman of the Board, Trainer, Consultant

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    CV: Ondrusek_CV_ENG.pdf

     

    What he works on in PDCS:

    Examples of training courses

    • Another look at communication - how to avoid myths and communicate without prejudices
    • Creativity and innovation in projects and managemet
    • Negotiation and conflict resolution

    Examples of services

    • Medication of public conflicts
    • Consultancy and coaching
    • Designing and conducting meetings

    Examples of projects

    • Student Simulations Saturday
    • Long-term education of consultants for the nonprofit sector in Czech Republic and Slovakia
    • Increasing capacities of teachers from the Mathare slum in Nairobi (Kenya)

     

    In 1991, while still at the Comenius University, he launched the program of conflict prevention and resolution which later transformed into the PDCS nonprofit organization which he led and developed for the next more than 20 years. PDCS makes effort to cultivate the space for dialogue, disseminate knowledge and build skills for alternative conflict resolution, particularly in community and public conflicts.

    A psychologist by profession, he worked as an advisor and therapist for people who needed help in difficult life circumstances or felt they needed to develop on their life journey. He conducted research of altruism and effectiveness of various training methods. Since 1990, as a trainer and consultant, he has been focusing primarily on organization development, alternative ways of conflict resolution, international development issues and non-violent communication. He has rich international experience with implementing programs of conflict prevention and resolution. As a trainer and facilitator he has delivered over 1200 training courses in forty countries. In 2012 he became the Chairman of the Board of PDCS. In addition to providing specialized training courses, he no works more on international programs, development of process-oriented experts (trainers and consultants) and undertakes analytical and publishing activities. As an external speaker he has lectured at several universities - in recent years mostly at the Comenius University, the University of Economics in Bratislava, UUD in Pilsen, and VŠUP in Prague, and previously also at the European Peace University in Schleining and the Donau University in Krems.

    He is the author and co-author of 11 books and many papers published in Slovakia and abroad, including the publication "Čítanka pre neziskové organizácie“, "Tréning? Tréning", "Konflikt, zmierovanie, zmierovacie rady", "Komunikácia v terénnej sociálnej práci" and "Peacework". From his travels, he regularly publishes "traveler's notes" on how conflicts are being transferred in various countries and what happens when different cultures meet - e.g. in books "S tekvicou priviazanou o nohu" or "Sop-sum-sum". 

  • Karolína Miková

    Director of PDCS, Trainer and Facilitator

    tel.: +421 2 5292 5016 
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    CV: Mikova_CV_EN.pdf

     

    What she works on in PDCS:

    Examples of training courses

    • Facilitation
    • Evaluation - how to measure outputs and impact of projects
    • Citizen participation

    Examples of services

    • Mediation of public conflicts
    • Designing and conducting meetings
    • Evaluation of projects

    Examples of projects

    • Long-term education of consultants for the nonprofit sector in Czech Republic and Slovakia
    • PrieStory
    • European Citizens’ Consultations

    She has worked in PDCS (with short interruptions) since 1996, starting as a volunteer, then a project manager, trainer and facilitator and today as executive director.

    She studied urban planning at the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava and took a one-year study programme at the Institute for Public Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, USA. She completed PhD studies at the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Comenius University in Bratislava.

    In 2011/2012 she worked as the head of the Office of the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for the Development of Civil Society.

    As an expert she deals mostly with public conflict resolution and prevention, citizen participation in public issues decision-making, the development of civil society, deliberative democracy, community development and cross-sector cooperation. She has trained and consulted internationally in over 30 countries.