What Is IPDET?

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 program 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.

We find that many IPDET graduates return to the program in subsequent years for continuing professional education. IPDET alumni occupy senior- and mid-level evaluation, audit, and management positions in developed and developing country governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and the private sector.

Take a look at the 2016 catalogue for more information.

IPDET Objectives

IPDET strives to provide a program in which participants:

  • 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
  • create networks for future collaboration and knowledge sharing.