What Is IPDET?

IPDET Interview with Ray C. Rist, Co-Founder of IPDET

IPDET Interview with Linda Morra Imas, Co-Founder of IPDET

Founded in 2001, the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is an executive training program that aims to provide managers and practitioners in evaluation with the generic tools required to evaluate policies, programs, and projects at the local, national, regional, and global levels as well as to commission, manage and especially use those evaluations for decision-making. Until 2016, it was implemented at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. During the 16 years, more than 3,500 participants from 125 countries from all over the world benefited from IPDET.

After a break in 2017, IPDET 2.0 moved to the capital of Switzerland, Bern in 2018 and is implemented since then in partnership between the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern (ZUW), the Center for Evaluation at the Saarland University in Germany (CEval), and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank (IEG). ZUW and CEval are two key European evaluation hubs, both offering the longest-standing demand-oriented master’s and continuing education programs in evaluation.

A revised IPDET 2.0 featured in the 2018 program comprised of a one-week core course, followed by one week of diverse workshops; taught by an experienced group of renowned international faculty drawn from organizations around the world. The 140 participants from all over the world helped make IPDET 2018 a great success and rewarding experience for all. During the 2 weeks, participants gained in depth knowledge about evaluation processes, methods and standards and became part of the large IPDET community that has grown for almost two decades.

To further improve the program, post the 2018 delivery, participant feedback was considered in the forms: core course and workshop assessments, and input from various stakeholders (i.e. experts and representatives of evaluation associations). The following main objectives for improvement were identified: further integration of perspectives from the South, a more diversified faculty, integration of the latest developments in the field, greater focus on practice, and a diversified approach for target groups on different levels.

As of 2019, our long-term vision includes integrating e-learning formats, implementing specific activities in cooperation with local partners in different regions of the world, and linking IPDET elements with academic degree programs.

IPDET objectives

IPDET aims to:

  • develop knowledge of development evaluation concepts, processes and methods;
  • gain or enhance specific skills in commissioning, managing, designing, conducting, and using evaluations of development programs and/or programs as part of national development plans and national monitoring and evaluation Systems;
  • develop a systemic perspective on evaluation capacity development;
  • enable peer-to-peer learning between people from around the globe who are engaged in evaluation and deepen networks for collaboration and knowledge sharing.