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IPDET 2018


From July 16 to 27, 2018 IPDET has been implemented by the Center for Continuing Education (ZUW) at the University of Bern and the Center for Evaluation (CEval) in partnership with the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank for the first time at the University of Bern: 150 participants from 67 countries exchanged experiences and learned together during the one-week core course and the workshops in the following week covering topics like Evaluating SDG’s, Private Sector Evaluation, Case studies in program evaluation, Quantitative Impact Evaluation, Quantitative Data Analysis, Evaluation Design Matrix, Results-Based Monitoring & Evaluation, Theory-based evaluation, Evaluation for Middle and Upper Management, and Utilization-focused evaluation.


Evaluations provide the systematic data basis that is necessary to make sound decisions for the future in programs, projects, activities and processes, with findings from the past and present. “This has become its own area of work in authorities, institutions and organizations, with increasingly complex requirements. This requires qualified experts all over the world,“ explains Verena Friedrich, Head of the Department of Evaluation at ZUW. IPDET contributes to this, as a globally recognized continuing education program for over 15 years.

Reinhard Stockmann (CEval) indicated in his opening keynote speech that evaluation is currently undergoing a worldwide boom; nevertheless, it is confronted with massive challenges due to global changes. Often evaluations are used as management instrument, to make projects and program more efficient and effective, and as accountability instruments, to legitimize the own work. Seldom evaluations are used as «elucidation instrument» to evaluate sensitive political areas independently. However, sustainable development processes depend especially on this evaluation function.

As IPDET aims not only at individuals who want to gain more knowledge in evaluation to carry out evaluations, but also at parliamentarians and decision-makers in organizations who demand and/or use evaluations, IPDET strives for a broader understanding of the different evaluation functions.


Alongside the courses, the participants also enjoyed a varied framework program: from the tour through Bern old town up to the 2,200m high Stockhorn, from the morning Qigong to the brown bag lunches, panel discussion and graduation dinners with keynote speeches by renowned international evaluation experts.

“So many experts from such varied private and public fields of activity in one place that you can talk to, that is unique,“ says Jahaziely Martinez from the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic. Sandra Ferreira, who works for a humanitarian foundation in Lisbon, adds: “You can read good books and learn from them. But this is much better: Here, I can get to know other experts in person, talk to them face to face, and benefit from the many individual experiences of the participants.” She also praises the flawless running that she puts down to the Swiss mentality: “The University of Bern gave us a very warm welcome. Everything is organized perfectly, everyone is friendly, reliable and punctual – that is so nice!”

Augustin Arcenas, Economics Professor at the University of the Philippines, wanted to include the topic of evaluation in his own courses. “What I learn here is a very important building block on the way to this.” He also liked the varying teaching methods: “The many different formats at IPDET, such as courses, workshops, lunch meetings, group projects and even the discussions on the fringes bring interaction, dynamism and variety into knowledge transfer.” Supriya Devasthali, who works for the Indian government, summarizes the impression of many: “IPDET is a great platform to share our knowledge and our best practices. It was an extremely enriching experience!“

A special highlight was the closing keynote speech of Michael Quinn Patton where he described the role of evaluation in a world endangered by humankind. He depicted impressively the global challenges of the future and demanded a transformative „Blue Marble Evaluation”, dealing with the problems faced by humankind. To the melody of “We are the World” everybody sang along:

“There comes a time

When we heed a certain call

When evaluation must evolve

The Blue Marble calls us

To do what must be done

The future of our planet must be won”.

Read the German article “Better than learning from books” about the IPDET 2018 program by the University of Bern here.

welcome speeches

Welcome address by Prof. Dr. Christian Leumann, Rector of the University of Bern

Welcome address by Nicole Ruder, Head of Global Institutions Division, Swiss Development Cooperation


Program opening keynote by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann, Director of the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University Graduation dinner keynote by Dr. Indran Naidoo, Director of the Independent Evaluation office Closing ceremony keynote by Michael Quinn Patton, independent organizational development and program evaluation consultant

brown bag lunch

BBL speech by Daniel Svoboda, Chairman of “Development Worldwide”

Read the document of BBL speaker Asela Kalugampitiya, President of Sri Lanka Evaluation Association and Asia Pacific Evaluation Association.


Panel discussion with Hon. Ananda Kumarasiri, Deputy Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament and Chair of the Sri Lanka Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation; Peter Bieler, Head of Evaluation and Controlling Department, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Adeline Sibanda, President of Afrea (African Evaluation Association); Stefan Rieder, Vice-President of SEVAL (Swiss Evaluation Society) and CEO of interface; Brenda Barbour, Head of Knowledge & Communications Department, IEG/WB. Talk by Dr. Stefanie Krapp, IPDET Head of Program, Center for Continuing Education, University of Bern, and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Stockmann, Director of the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University.