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A combination of self-evaluation and external evaluation can be termed a hybrid evaluation. This combines the advantages of a self and an external evaluation. The focus of this approach is a systematic process of self-evaluation assisted by an independent evaluation team. The evaluation team supports the project managers for the self-evaluation and the critical evaluation of the project. The data and information on which the evaluation is based are verified by the evaluation team, thereby bringing up additional questions and posing alternative hypotheses for data interpretation. This method guarantees that the evaluation is closely aligned with the needs of the project team, while still maintaining the necessary distance.

Information can be made available for the project at the right timeRoles not always clear
Atmosphere focused on learningTakes time for everyone to get used to their roles


Hybrid evaluations are suitable both for learning and for legitimising. A hybrid appraisal is the best option if the organisation’s own resources are tight or if there is little evaluation know-how available internally, and yet it does not wish to lose the advantages of a self-evaluation.

The purpose and the questions to be asked during the evaluation must be clearly defined. The choice of suitable external evaluators is decisive for the success of the evaluation. Special attention should be paid to allocating roles and defining responsibilities.