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International Program for Development Evaluation Training 2016: Building Skills to Evaluate Development Interventions

The International Program for Development Evaluation Training is an executive training program that features a two-week Core Course, followed by two weeks of 26 in-depth workshops, taught by a dynamic group of renowned international faculty drawn from organizations around the world. The program is highly responsive to the changing international environment, addressing the requirements of new development policies and delivery mechanisms that favor local ownership, increased national accountability, and partnership. Similarly, the curriculum is designed to reflect the international shift in focus from project evaluation to more complex program-, policy-, country-, and even global-level evaluation.

6th June, 2016 to 1st July, 2016
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Founded in 2001, the International Program for Development Evaluation Training is an executive training program that aims to provide managers and practitioners with the generic tools required to evaluate development policies, programs, and projects at the local, national, regional, and global levels. An intensive and unique training initiative of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank and Carleton University, it is best known for its flagship training program offered each summer in Ottawa, Canada.

The IPDET program aims to:

  • develop knowledge of development evaluation concepts, processes, and methods (Core Course);
  • increase or upgrade their current depth or level of evaluation knowledge and skills (workshops);
  • enhance specific skills in designing and conducting evaluations of development programs;
  • meet people from around the globe who are engaged in development evaluation; and
  • network for collaboration and knowledge sharing.


View the course guide with dates and workshop descriptions

IPDET workshops allow participants to delve into specialized topics. In the two weeks following the Core Course, participants may choose from 26 workshops on a variety of methodological and thematic topics. IPDET 2016 will feature the successful workshops and instructors from 2015, as well as some new or updated workshops (pp. 21–45). Participants can attend any combination of weeks in the program or individual workshops. The Core Course or equivalent is a prerequisite for all workshops:

  • Core Course only (2 weeks)
  • Individual workshop (2 or 3 days)
  • Either or both of the workshop weeks
  • Entire four-week program

Core Course

  • Module 1: Introduction to Development Evaluation
  • Module 2: Understanding Issues Driving Development Evaluation 
  • Module 3: Building a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System
  • Module 4: Understanding the Evaluation Context and Program Theory of Change 
  • Module 5: Considering the Evaluation Approach
  • Module 6: Developing Evaluation Questions and Starting the Design Matrix
  • Module 7: Selecting Designs for Cause and Effect, Normative, and Descriptive Evaluation Questions


Qualitative Methods

  • III-b Case Study Methods for Development Evaluation
  • IV-a Software for Development Program Monitoring and Evaluation
  • IV-d Qualitative Methods and Analysis for Development Evaluation

Quantitative Methods

  • I-c Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis
  • II-g Sampling Techniques for Development Evaluation
  • I III-a Sampling Techniques for Development Evaluation II
  • III-c Intermediate Quantitative Data Analysis
  • IV-c Quantitative Impact Evaluation Data Collection Methods
  • IV-d Qualitative Methods and Analysis for Development Evaluation

Emerging Practices in Evaluating Development Policies and Programs

  • I-f Innovations in Evaluation Methods
  • II-b Applying Process Tracing and Bayesian Probability to Evaluations
  • II-e Global Systems Evaluation
  • II-f Value Chains and Evaluation in the Private Sector
  • III-d Developmental Evaluation: Applying Systems Thinking and Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use
  • IV-b Challenges in Evaluating the Sustainability of Development

Impact Evaluation

  • IV-c Quantitative Impact Evaluation
  • IV-e Dealing With Complexity in Development Evaluation

Managing Evaluation

  • I-b Assessing Organizational Performance
  • III-f Both Sides Now: Methods and Approaches for Planning and Conducting Complex Evaluations Involving External Consultants
  • III-g Managing an Evaluation Unit 

Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation (Performance Management)

  • I-a Designing and Building Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Systems
  • II-c Logic Models in Development Evaluations

Evaluation in the Public Sector

  • I-b Assessing Organizational Performance
  • I-e Building Evaluation Capacity within Ministries: Lessons Learned and Good Practice in Industrialized and Developing Countries
  • II-a Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Part I
  • III-g Managing an Evaluation Unit III-h Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Part II

Human Rights/Governance

  • I-d Evaluating Humanitarian Action
  • II-d Evaluation, Development and Human Rights
  • III-e Monitoring and Evaluating Governance in Africa