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of the DeGEval - Gesellschaft fΓΌr Evaluation e. V.

Β§ 1 Name, office and purpose

1. The association is registered as DeGEval - Gesellschaft fΓΌr Evaluation.

2. The association is headquartered in Mainz.

3. The association pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes which are "Tax-privileged purposes" according to the German Tax Code. The association is selflessly active; it does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes. The association's funds may only be used for statutory purposes. Members do not receive any benefits from the association's funds. No person may benefit from expenses that are alien to the purpose of the association or from disproportionately high remuneration.

4. The calendar year is the financial year.

Β§ 2 Objectives

The DeGEval - Evaluation Society has the following objectives:

1. to support and improve the theory, practice, methods, understanding and usability of evaluation and its contribution to shaping public opinion

2. to introduce, update and support a continuous development process of evaluation practice and standards that supports the interests of users, stakeholders and evaluators

3. to increase the acceptance of evaluations through appropriate principles of practice

4. to represent and disseminate professional evaluation standards to the outside world

5. to support the exchange between members with similar evaluation interests and between different evaluation traditions and disciplines

6. to improve education and training in the field of evaluation

7. to promote research on evaluation

8. to promote international exchange with other evaluation associations

Β§ 3 Membership

1. The following may become members of the association

  • legal entities
  • natural persons

who, by virtue of their education, experience and achievements in research and practice, are capable to promote the implementation of the association's objectives.

2. The Board decides on admission as a member.

3. Membership shall expire by written notice of resignation with three months' notice to the end of the year or expulsion for good cause by resolution of the Board. Expulsion shall take effect upon notification of the decision to the expelled member. An appeal against this decision may be lodged in writing within a period of 14 days, on which a final decision will be made by the General Assembly.

4. Termination of membership does not release the member from their obligations up to the date of termination.

5. Membership fees shall be charged. The General Assembly shall decide on the amount.

Β§ 4 Organs of the association

The organs of the association are

1. the General Assembly

2. the Board

Β§ 5 General Assembly

1. The General Assembly has the following tasks:

  • Election of the Board
  • Recommendations to the Board for the preparation of the research and scientific event program
  • Approval of the annual report and the annual accounts
  • Election of the auditors
  • Discharge of the Board
  • Resolution on amendments to the Statute
  • Resolution on the dissolution of the Association.

2. An ordinary general assembly shall take place at least once a year. It is convened by the Chairperson of the Board or, if they are unable to do so, by their deputy. An extraordinary general assembly must be convened if the Board or at least 20% of the members request so.

3. General assemblies must be convened in writing or by email, stating the agenda, with at least three weeks' notice. The general assembly can decide on changes or additions to the agenda by a majority of those present; this does not apply to amendments to the Statute, changes to membership fees and the dissolution of the association.

4. Resolutions are passed by a simple majority of the members present. Minutes shall be taken of the resolutions of the general assembly, which shall be signed by the secretary and the Chairperson of the Board or the representative. The secretary shall be appointed by the general assembly.

5. The Chairperson of the Board or, if they are unable to attend, their deputy shall chair the General Assembly.

6. A resolution can also be passed without a meeting if the majority of members agree in writing to a written resolution and the proposed resolution within a reasonable period of time, which may not be less than two weeks. The deadline must be specified by date. The vote must be submitted to the Board. The votes are counted by the Chairperson of the Board or by a member of the Board appointed by them. The result must be recorded in writing and communicated to the members in a suitable form.

7. Amendments to the Statute and the dissolution of the association can only be decided at a general assembly with a three-quarters majority of the members present.

Β§ 6 Board

1. The Board is elected by the General Assembly. It consists of at least three members. The General Assembly elects the Chairperson, their deputy and other members of the Board by a majority of votes. Re-election is permitted in all cases.

2. The term of office of the Board is two years; it ends with the election of a new Board. The election of additional members of the Board during the current term of office is possible.

3. If a member of the Board resigns prematurely, a successor may be elected for the remainder of the term of office.

4. The Board represents the association in and out of court according to Section 26 (2) sentence 1 BGB in such a way that the Chairperson and their deputy are authorized to represent the association jointly or one of them together with another member of the Board.

5. The Board is responsible for passing resolutions on

  • the preparation and control of the research and scientific event program in accordance with the objectives under Β§ 2,
  • the preparation of the business plan, the annual accounts and the annual report,
  • decisions on the admission of new members,
  • hiring and dismissing employees.

6. A Board meeting is held at least twice a year, to which the Chairperson or, if they are unable to attend, their deputy, issues invitations in writing or by email, stating the agenda and giving at least three weeks' notice. Resolutions are passed by a simple majority of the members present. Resolutions can also be passed by way of circulation, unless a member objects to this procedure. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson has the casting vote.

7. Resolutions must be recorded in the minutes, signed by the Chairperson or their representative and forwarded to the other members of the Board. Objections must be communicated to the Chairperson within one month of receipt of the minutes. If the Chairperson does not wish to take them into account, the Board shall decide on this at its next meeting.

8. The members of the Board do not receive any remuneration for attending meetings. Expenses incurred shall be reimbursed in accordance with the German Federal Travel Expenses Act.

Β§ 7 Finances

1. The association's financial needs shall be covered by membership fees, third-party contributions and donations.

2. In the event of the dissolution of the association or the discontinuation of tax-privileged purposes, the assets of the association shall pass to the German Research Foundation (DFG), which shall use them directly and exclusively for a charitable purpose in accordance with Β§ 2. The members shall have no right of disposal over the association's assets.

Brunswick, 26.11.1997

- last amended on 27.09.2006 in LΓΌneburg -


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