- Coaching and consultancy on theories of change
- Formulation and classification of indicators
- Identification of data sources
- Development of adequate data collection methods
- Analysis and processing of data
- Development of dissemination and reporting strategies
Vision and services
We aim at making a difference by enabling organisations to increase the impact of their interventions and reduce the complexity of programme implementation with our expertise in monitoring, evaluation and digitalisation.
Mainlevel provides an innovative approach to digitalisation and to monitoring & evaluation to a wide range of organisations in the development, academic, humanitarian and private sectors. We conduct evaluations, establish learning-oriented monitoring & evaluation systems and develop targeted digital solutions that help our clients to:
- manage complex programmes based on solid evidence;
- improve collaboration between stakeholders;
- efficiently collect and learn from robust data;
- manage knowledge and turn it into action.
Our team of skilled consultants supports your interventions with short-term assignments, long-term technical assistance and IT development.
Monitoring & evaluation
We develop coherent mechanisms for monitoring & evaluation, ensuring improved reporting capabilities and evidence-based decision-making. Wherever it is suitable or required, we enhance the usability and effectiveness of monitoring & evaluation systems through digital solutions. Our M&E services are based on solid Theory of Change based models.
Services for monitoring
Mainlevel provides consultancy services for monitoring of projects, programmes, intervention strategies and organisational performance. We are experts in developing monitoring systems that include the following elements:
"In our multi-stakeholder education initiative we are now able to collaborate and report efficiently based on a commonly agreed monitoring system developed by Mainlevel"
Services for evaluation
Mainlevel independently evaluates projects, programmes, intervention strategies and organisational performance in a way to support the derivation of lessons learnt and formulation of pragmatic recommendations. We are able to base our evaluations on:
- Complex theory of change models specifying the logic of an intervention
- Existing methodologies used by OECD-DAC, EU, GIZ, World Bank, SDC, etc.
- Experimental and quasi- experimental designs
- Psychological and sociological approaches (e.g. behavioural theories)
Digitalisation & IT solutions
We provide digital strategies and IT solutions that support more efficient project management, monitoring and collaboration. Our tools and strategies aim at bridging the gap between project stakeholders and between implementation and management. Our digital services are based on user-centric, agile approaches.
Mainlevel develops and implements digital strategies for any kind of intervention on national, regional and organisational level. Our solutions refer to a wide range from individual digital components to a holistic digital platform including the following services:
- Analysis of existing processes, structures and tools in terms of efficiency
- Assessment and definition of “digital needs” and requirements
- Recommendations on technological opportunities
- Design of a holistic digital strategy aligned to the specific context
- Development of sub-strategies for communication, social media and capacity development
- Coaching and training on the use of digital solutions
"The digital framework designed and currently implemented by Mainlevel leads to increased civic participation through better access to information and improved dialogue between government and citizens."
Facilitating programme management
The increased focus on achievements, transparency and accountability in the humanitarian, development, academic and private sector requires efficient ways for collaboration, reporting and decision-making. There is a common understanding that this can be facilitated by the use of modern and user-friendly digital solutions covering the following aspects:
- Multi-channel approach (web and mobile access)
- Central data storage (single point of truth)
- Flexibility and scalability (modular architecture)
- Cost-efficiency (open source)
IT solutions for monitoring & evaluation
Facilitating data collection
Mainlevel provides smart data collection solutions. They simplify and improve evidence-based data collection based on:
- Indicator-based data collection
- Customised questionnaires via advanced survey editor
- Qualitative and quantitative data entering
- Online and offline data collection
Improving data analysis and reporting
Mainlevel enables its clients to extract valuable information from the gathered data, to compile robust statistics, and to visualise them in a digestible and automated manner. Our digital solutions for data analysis and reporting include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Online dashboard
- Real-time information
- Data aggregation via modern database technology
- Automated reporting
Improving collaboration and knowledge management
Mainlevel provides solutions that allow for accessing and disseminating information efficiently to support collaborative processes and change management. Among others, our modular solutions include the following functions:
- Online workspaces for project teams including chats and discussion blogs
- Collaborative document management
- Indicator management
- Digital Theory of Change models
Dr. Felipe Isidor-Serrano
Felipe is a founding member of Mainlevel and an internationally well-recognised senior expert and team leader in monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
He has conducted numerous short and long term M&E-missions on behalf of several organisations (e.g. EU, Worldbank, BMZ, GIZ, SDC, DFID, DANIDA) in different sectors.
David is a founding member of Mainlevel and a management consultant with 14 years of experience in developing digital frameworks, platforms and solutions, both for the private and the public sector.
He has proven experience in leading teams in complex IT projects in the field of international development cooperation.
Olaf is a founding member of Mainlevel and an experienced business analyst with profound knowledge in project management and design of web-tools in the private, academic and development sector.
In his former position as managing director of the NGO Sport Unites, he was responsible for designing and implementing aid programmes in the Middle East.
Being responsible for IT and software development, Nicolas brings a wealth of experience. He worked as a senior enterprise architect with over 10 years of experience in the information technology and services industry. He is skilled in Software-, System and Cloud Architecture, Project Management, Agile Development, Big Data Technologies and Microservices.
Francesco is an experienced consultant in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and project management.
Being a team member since the foundation of the company, Francesco is currently involved in various M&E assignments and projects worldwide.
Anna Patzke Salgado
Anna is an experienced consultant in the field of evaluations and gender studies with regional experience in particular in Africa and India.
Lukas von Petersdorff-Campen
Lukas is an experienced evaluation consultant with regional experience in South-East Asia and Africa.
Before joining Mainlevel, he has gained significant evaluation experience as consultant for the KfW and the evaluation unit of GIZ.
Alice van Caubergh
Alice is an experienced consultant specialised in governance and rule of law.
In her assignments, mostly in the ACP region, she provided support to democratization, judicial reform, and protection and promotion of human rights programmes.
Daniel is an internationally well-recognised consultant for digital solutions and communication with seven years of experience in leveraging the potential of social media and ICTs for international development cooperation (e.g. for GIZ, the EU and various NGOs).
Lena Siemon Marques
Lena is an internationally experienced consultant and trainer in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and gender mainstreaming with regional experience in Rwanda and Cape Verde. She has worked across several sectors in development cooperation and also has solid experience in civic education, policy advice and research.
Dario is an experienced consultant for conceptualizing and developing digital solutions with a focus on mobile applications. He has an interdisciplinary background in sport and information sciences. Before joining Mainlevel, he gained experience in the project management of an EU-funded project as well as in conducting scientific research.
Judee has gained competence as a consultant and instructor in the field of market expansion, cultural studies, and digitalisation in Asia, Europe, and North America. Considering her academic and professional experience, she has supported various intercultural projects from both public and private sectors within these regions.
Building up his skills as software developer, project manager and IT consultant on various fields over the last 10 years makes Dietrich an experienced consultant and issue solver for digital solutions.
Tsuinyane is an experienced consultant in project management, monitoring and social media with technical expertise in HIV/AIDS, gender mainstreaming and decentralisation. He is based in Maseru, Lesotho, where he works as social media manager for our digitalisation assignment for the Participatory Initiative for Social Accountability (PISA).
Ivana is an experienced software engineer specialised in mobile applications, currently also responsible for Mainlevel’s mobile application for gathering, entering and analysing monitoring data on smartphones and tablets.
Jasmina is an experienced frontend software developer currently also responsible for developing intuitive and user-friendly forms and interfaces for our web-based monitoring solutions.
News & Projects
Join us for our first Open Day!
GIZ Evaluation Report 2017: “Know, What Works” Event
Mainlevel endorses Principles for Digital Development
EVZ: Evaluation of Political Education Projects
DSW: Feasibility Study for the “Zukunft Sichern” programme in Uganda
Bread for the World: Evaluation of the “Churches helping Churches” Programme
GIZ: Developing an IT solution for Cambodia’s Poverty Identification System
ASPR: Enhancing Human Security in West Africa
Training: Monitoring & evaluation in practice (9 April – Eschborn)
ADC: Mid-term review of the Kosovo Country Strategy 2013-2018
GIZ: Improving research instruments to support youth employment in Uganda
DAAD: Evaluating behavioural effects of ‘Study in Germany’ campaign
GIZ: Development of an IT tool for collecting aggregated results data
UNRWA: Evaluating Palestine refugee project in Lebanon and Jordan
Mainlevel in Berlin: New office opening
We are hiring: IT developers and digitalisation consultants
GIZ: Developing a Results Communication Toolkit for the governance sector
C40 Cities Finance Facility: Establishing an efficient M&E system
K to 12 PLUS Project: Implementation of tracer studies (Philippines)
SDC: Evaluating the Regional Cooperation Strategy Middle East 2015-2018
DAAD: Mid-term evaluation of the international P.R.I.M.E. programme
PISA: Development of a digitalisation strategy and framework for GIZ (Lesotho)
K to 12 PLUS Project: Development of a monitoring system (Philippines)
Evaluation of the German contribution to the Global Monitoring
Mainlevel Consulting AG
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Vorstand: Dr. Felipe Isidor-Serrano, David Haasner, Olaf Haasner
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In this policy, the term “personal data” refers to data that relates to an individual and identifies this person either directly or indirectly (in conjunction with other information that may be likely to come into the possession of Mainlevel), such as your name, email address or telephone number.
Collection of personal data
In general, you can access Mainlevel’s website without providing any personal information. Your browser transmits information to our server which are technically necessary for display our website and to ensure stability and security. These are IP address, date and time of the request, time zone difference to GMT, content of requests, access status / http status code, amount of data transferred, webpage that the request comes from, browser, operating system and its interface and language and version of the browser software.
To access some areas of our website, for example to apply for a position or get in touch with us, we may need to obtain personal data from you. The entering of personal data in such cases is voluntary, and you are explicitly requested to provide such personal data and informed about the intended use of such personal data. If you do not provide us with the required personal data, you may won’t be able to use some functions offered by our website. The typical reasons for us collecting personal data are listed below, along with a brief description of how your personal data is treated in each case.
- Communication with you. We will respond to any comments and requests that you submit to us through our website, such as online enquiries, comments, or registration to attend an event. This may involve calling you on the telephone or sending an email to you.
- Creating aggregated statistics regarding the use of our website.
- Your personal data will be stored accordingly on our systems.
Particularly sensitive personal data
As a rule, Mainlevel does not obtain any “particularly sensitive personal data” via its website. “Particularly sensitive personal data” includes personal data concerning race, political opinion, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health or sex life. By voluntarily providing us with particularly sensitive personal data (such as by submitting your CV or applying for a job online), you expressly consent to the use of your personal data as described in this policy.
Disclosure of your personal data
Mainlevel is a global organisation. Our internal processes and infrastructures are therefore international in their nature and scope.
Accordingly, you should be aware that we may share your personal data with third parties, for the purpose of processing it on our behalf. We require that third parties treat the personal data they receive in accordance with Mainlevel’s Data Privacy and Security Policies.
Your personal data may therefore also be subject to cross-border disclosure. Cross-border disclosure of your personal data will be conducted only (i) to countries with equivalent data protection standards, or (ii) on the basis of officially recognized data protection agreements, or (iii) on the basis of officially recogniz ed standard data protection clauses.
Below you find more detailed information on your rights regarding the processing of your personal data under the General Data Protection Right (GDPR):
I. Right of access
As a data subject, you have a right to obtain access and information under the conditions provided in Article 15 of the GDPR. This means that you have the right to obtain confirmation from us as to whether we are processing your personal data. If so, you also have the right to obtain access to the personal data and the information listed in Article 15 paragraph 1 of the GDPR. This includes information regarding the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data that are being processed and the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed (points (a), (b) and (c) of Article 15 paragraph 1 of the GDPR). You can find the full extent of your right to access and information in Article 15 of the GDPR, which can be accessed using the following link.
II. Right to rectification
As a data subject, you have the right to rectification under the conditions provided in Article 16 of the GDPR. This means that you have the right to receive from us without undue delay the rectification of inaccuracies in your personal data and completion of incomplete personal data. You can find the full extent of your right to rectification in Article 16 of the GDPR, which can be accessed using the following link.
III. Right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”)
As a data subject, you have a right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”) under the conditions provided in Article 17 of the GDPR. This means that you have the right to obtain from us the erasure of your personal data and we are obliged to erase your personal data without undue delay when one of the reasons listed in Article 17 paragraph 1 of the GDPR applies. This can be the case, for example, if personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed (point (a) of Article 17 paragraph 1 of the GDPR). If we have made the personal data public and are obliged to erase it, we are also obliged, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, to take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform controllers which are processing the personal data that you have requested the erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of those personal data (Article 17 paragraph 2 of the GDPR). The right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”) does not apply if the processing is necessary for one of the reasons listed in Article 17 paragraph 3 of the GDPR. This can be the case, for example, if the processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (points (a) and (4) of Article 17 paragraph 3 of the GDPR). You can find the full extent of your right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”) in Article 17 of the GDPR, which can be accessed using the following link.
IV. Right to restriction of processing
As a data subject, you have a right to restriction of processing under the conditions provided in Article 18 of the GDPR. This means that you have the right to obtain from us the restriction of processing if one of the conditions provided in Article 18 paragraph 1 of the GDPR applies. This can be the case, for example, if you contest the accuracy of the personal data. In such a case, the restriction of processing lasts for a period that enables us to verify the accuracy of the personal data (point (a) of Article 18 paragraph 1 of the GDPR). Restriction means that stored personal data are marked with the goal of restricting their future processing (Article 4 paragraph 3 of the GDPR). You can find the full extent of your right to restriction of processing in Article 18 of the GDPR, which can be accessed using the following link.
V.Right to data portability
As a data subject, you have a right to data portability under the conditions provided in Article 20 of the GDPR. This means that you generally have the right to receive your personal data with which you have provided us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from us if the processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6 paragraph 1 or point (a) of Article 9 paragraph 2 of the GDPR or on a contract pursuant to point (b) of Article 6 paragraph 1 of the GDPR and the processing is carried out by automated means (Article 20 paragraph 1 of the GDPR). You can find information as to whether an instance of processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6 paragraph 1 or point (a) of Article 9 paragraph 2 of the GDPR or on a contract pursuant to point (b) of Article 6 paragraph 1 of the GDPR in the information regarding the legal basis of processing in Section C of this Data Protection Information. In exercising your right to data portability, you also generally have the right to have your personal data transmitted directly from us to another controller if technically feasible (Article 20 paragraph 2 of the GDPR).
You can find the full extent of your right to data portability in Article 20 of the GDPR, which can be accessed using the following link.
VI. Right to object
As a data subject, you have a right to object under the conditions provided in Article 21 of the GDPR. At the latest in our first communication with you, we expressly inform you of your right, as a data subject, to object. As a data subject, you have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of your personal data which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6 paragraph 1, including profiling based on those provisions. In the event of an objection relating to your particular situation, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. You can find the full extent of your right to objection in Article 21 of the GDPR, which can be accessed using the following link.
VII. Right to withdraw consent
Where an instance of processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6 paragraph 1 or point (a) of Article 9 paragraph 2 of the General Data Protection Regulation, as a data subject, you have the right, pursuant to Article 7 paragraph 3 of the General Data Protection Regulation, to withdraw your consent at any time. The withdrawal of your consent does not affect the legitimacy of the processing that occurred based on your consent until the withdrawal. We inform you of this before you grant your consent.
VIII. Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
As a data subject, you have a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority under the conditions provided in point (f) of Article 57 paragraph 1 of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Duration of retention
Your personal data will only be retained, as long as is necessary, for the intended processing. In addition, legally required retention periods remain reserved.
Reorganization of the company
As is the case with many other organizations, Mainlevel may reorganize its business units either as a result of the acquisition of new entities or the disposal or merger of existing entities. If this is done, personal data may be disclosed to potential or actual purchasers of parts of our business or personal data may be obtained from potential sellers. In doing so, we strive to ensure that confidentiality is suitably maintained for personal data that is disclosed in the course of such transactions.
Data security and integrity
Mainlevel takes various technological and procedural security measures to protect the personal data we collect, use or transfer against loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. However, please note that, due to the openness and insecure nature of the internet, Mainlevel cannot take responsibility for the security of the transmission of personal data over the Internet.
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This policy was last updated on May 18, 2018. Please consult this page regularly to see if this policy has been changed.
Data Protection Officer:
Member of the Executive Board
Tel.: + 49 (0)69 153 240 920
We endeavour to respond promptly to enquiries, but a reasonable handling time must be expected.
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