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The Board is elected by the General meeting and has an integrative function and represents the society to the outside according to the objectives of DeGEval – Evaluation Society.

Members of the Board are:

  • Jan Ulrich Hense

    Jan Ulrich Hense

  • Christiane Kerlen

    Christiane Kerlen

  • Marianne Lück-Filsinger

    Marianne Lück-Filsinger

  • Stefan Schmidt

    Stefan Schmidt

  • Sonja Sheikh

    Sonja Sheikh

Jan Ulrich Hense

Jan Ulrich Hense


Dr. phil.

Professor for Higher Education Learning and Evaluation,
Department of Psychology and Sports Science,
Justus-Liebig University Gießen

Jan Hense studied school psychology and English and worked thereafter at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Institute for Empirical Education and Educational Psychology (2000-2013). In 2005 he graduated summa cum laude with his thesis on success factors and effects of self-evaluation in schools. While working at the LMU he was involved in more than 20 evaluation projects– from municipal to European level. Jan Hense was elected Professor for University Didactics and Evaluation, Department of Psychology at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen in 2014 . In Gießen Jan’s main focus is on the design of teaching and learning processes and evaluation at university level. He is particularly interested in the question of designing evaluations in such a way that they contribute effectively to quality development of teaching. Further research topics are the implementation of innovative teaching and learning forms at universities, learning with digital media as well as game-based learning and gamification. As guest lecturer at the University of Bern (Master/ Diploma of Advanced Studies in Evaluation) Jan is responsible for courses on  “Program theories in evaluation” and “Knowledge management and evaluation”.

Jan Hense has been an active DeGEval member since 2003 and speaker of the work group “Teaching and Training of evaluation” since 2008. His main interest is the professionalization of evaluation and the transdisciplinary exchange  about evaluation. He was the regional organiser of the DeGEval – Evaluation Society annual meeting 2013 in Munich and he is an active member of the work group for the revision of the “Standards for Evaluation”.
He is a member of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), the German Society for Higher-Education Didactics (dghd) and the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

Jan Ulrich Hense has been a Board Member of DeGEval – Society for Evaluation since 2015. He was elected as President of the DeGEval – Society for Evaluation in 2017.


Christiane Kerlen

Christiane Kerlen


Dipl.-Ing., Dr. phil.
Independent Evaluator

Christiane Kerlen studied industrial engineering at the TU Berlin with focus on electrical engineering (communication technology). From 1995 – 1997 she was responsible for projects on business and organisation development for a management consultancy in Saarbrücken. Next she joined the Social Science Research Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB) to focus on problem definition in organisational learning processes  in an empirical research project.

In 2002 she received her PhD in sociology from TU Berlin. From 2001 – 2011 she worked at VDI/VDE-IT focussing on economic and societal topics. She was spokeswoman for the evaluation department of the Institute for Innovation and Technology, an independent organisational unit within the VDI / VDE-IT. In 2011 Christiane Kerlen and her family relocated to Scotland. Since then she has been working as an independant evaluator and consultant in Edinburgh.Focus of her work is evaluation consultancy as well as evaluation of projects and programmes in organisations and in the field of research, technology and innovation policy, inter alia in the sectors information and communication technology, aviation, marine technology, automotive.

Since 2002 Christiane Kerlen is active in DeGEval. She is founding member of the working group evaluation in economy (“Evaluation in der Wirtschaft”) and was speaker in this group from 2007 – 2011. She contributed to the guideline “Evaluation in der Wirtschaft” and to the recommendations for clients. From 2009 to 2011  she carried out the cash audit for the association. Christiane Kerlen is also member of the UKES – United Kingdom Evaluation Society and of ees – European Evaluation Society.

Christiane Kerlen has been member of the Board of DeGEval – Evaluation Society since 2011. She is vice-president of the society since 2015.


Marianne Lück-Filsinger

Marianne Lück-Filsinger

Dr. phil.; Sociologist, M.A. phil.; First State examination secondary education;

Marianne Lück-Filsinger studied at the University of Education in Heidelberg and Rheinland, department Neuss, to become a teacher (secondary level, chemistry and catholic theology) after an education as laboratory chemist at the BASF Ludwigshafen.
After the First State examination she studied sociology, educational sciences and catholic theology at the Wilhelms-University Münster in Westfalen und finished her studies with a Magister Artium (equivalent Master of Arts). Afterwards, she obtained her doctoral degree (PhD equivalent) from the Johannes-Gutenberg-University with her qualitative-empirical thesis on "Child and Youth Reporting in the German States".

Marianne Lück-Filsinger carried out different research, evaluations and development projects during the past 15 years, which included especially projects on (district-wide) youth work, municipal youth policy, social work at schools and town, urban district and neighborhood development. Since 2009 she has been managing the research group "Educational, Evaluation and Social Studies” (ForBES) at the University of Applied Sciences of Saarland (“Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes, HTW).
She has been an active lecturer at different universities in Berlin and Saarbrücken for more than 20 years. For more than 10 years her main focus of teaching has been on qualitative data collection and evaluation methods in the study program (BA) "Social Work and Infant educa-tion" and in the Master program "Evaluation" at the University of Saarland in cooperation with the HTW.

Marianne Lück-Filsinger has been active in DeGEval – Evaluation Society since 2009, in the beginning mainly in the working group "Social Services". During the period 2010- 2014 she was one of the speakers in this working group. In 2016 and 2017 she was a member of the program committee for the annual conference.

Marianne Lück-Filsinger has been Board Member of DeGEval – Society for Evaluation since 2017.

Stefan Schmidt

Stefan Schmidt

Graduated Social Worker
Master of Organizational Psychology

Self-employed evaluator
schmidt evaluation (Cologne)

Starting from applied child and youth welfare Stefan Schmidt found his way to the field of evaluation. He graduated as social worker from the University of Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe with a diploma thesis in 1996 on the implementation of output-oriented management of youth care and has managed a municipal youth center in Bochum since 1998. He performed goal clarification processes in the center and implemented regular self-evaluations. He completed his Master in Work and Organisation Psychology as vocational education at the University of Hagen in 2004 with an evaluation of the organizational development process on the merging of work and social administration based on the introduction of the Second Book of the Social Code (SGB II). His master thesis was completed during a practical internship at Univation (Cologne). Since end of 2004 Stefan Schmidt is independent evaluator and manages "schmidt evaluation (Cologne)".
One main focus is on the evaluation of external programmes and projects for public clients (regional, national, EU), foundations and other organisations. Based on child and youth welfare the company opened up on further topics and meanwhile carries out evaluations in different fields including labour market, education, democracy, economy and health/nutrition. schmidt evaluation cooperates with different partners in projects and on different topics and fields to be able to carry out also comprehensive and long-term evaluations.
Stefan Schmidt is also active in consulting and accompanying regional and municipal networks in the field of education, early education and integration. He advises and qualifies decision-makers, managers and skilled workers on impact oriented control, internal evaluation, self-evaluation and quality development.
Since 2014 Stefan Schmidt has been teaching quality management in pedagogic institutions within the study programme "Early Childhood Education and Family Studies (Bachelor's program) at the TH Köln (Technology Arts Sciences).
Stefan Schmidt has been a member of DeGEval – Evaluation Society since 2004 and has since then been active in the working group "Social Services". He was speaker of the working group from 2012 until 2016. His main topic during this period was the use of evaluations in political decision processes. He has been Board Member of DeGEval – Society for Evaluation since 2017.


Sonja Sheikh

Sonja Sheikh

Dipl. Ök., Dr. rer. soc. oec

Deputy Director of the Austrian Institute for SME Research
Sonja Sheikh studied economics at the Justus-Liebig University Gießen in Germany where she also worked as scientific tutor at the Institute for Statistics and Econometrics. In 1999 she graduated with a phd in economic theory and policy from the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna.

From 1997 to 2004 she worked as a researcher at the Austrian Institute for SME Research and since 2004 as deputy director of the Institute. Since 1997 she has been responsible for the business area "evaluations" as well as studies and analyses in the field of "innovation and technology". Sonja Sheikh is specialised in the evaluations of projects, programmes and institutions in the area of research, technology and innovation policies and is involved in the further development of evaluation methods. Furthermore, she is regularly involved in evaluations in the field of labour market and social policy as well as economic policy (programmes on enterprise promotion with focus on SMEs).She holds regular trainings in the field of evaluation for different stakeholders of RTI policy and is juror for several support measures and prizes in Austria

Sonja Sheikh is member of the Board of the Platform Research & Technology Policy Evaluation (platform fteval) in Austria, member of the European Evaluation Society (EES) and was speaker of the working group "Research, Technology and Innovation Policy" of the German Evaluation Society (DeGEval).

Since 2012 Sonja Sheikh has been Board member of DeGEval – Evaluation Society.