Training and formal education


Formal courses can be a useful way to develop people’s knowledge and skills in conducting and/or managing an evaluation. 

Courses range from one day introductory short courses to complete doctoral programmes in evaluation.

Individuals can sign up to existing courses or organisations can develop and deliver or commission customised courses which prepare people to work within their particular organisational processes and structures.

Formal courses can be delivered face to face or virtually through webinars, self-study or online learning.

Ideally, courses provide opportunities for participants to link what they are learning to their existing knowledge, to discuss how to apply what they are learning to their situation, and to practise the skills they are learning.

The links below provide information about a variety of training courses with a focus on evaluation:

Short Courses (face to face)

  • Summer Institute – American Evaluation Association and the Centers for Disease Control. Atlanta, USA July each year.  Features keynote addresses and then rotations of three-hour training sessions over 4 days. Held in Atlanta, July. 
  • Building Skills to Evaluate Development Interventions: A training program from the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) that involves a two week residential and runs annually in Ottawa, Canada. 
  • Many organisations offer short courses in the lead up to their conferences- for example, the African Evaluation Association conference.
  • The University of East Anglia offers two short courses on impact evaluation - Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Policy in Development, which covers experimental and quasi-experimental research designs, and Beyond Surveys and Experiments - Other Approaches to Impact Evaluation, which covers rigorous non-experimental approaches to impact evaluation, including QCA, process tracing, realist evaluation and outcome mapping.

Short Courses (distance)

University Programs

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