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The 2022 On-Site program in Bern took place from July 11 to 22.

After two years of waiting, we as IPDET, implementing partner of the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI), were again able to hold our On-Site program in Bern/Switzerland between July 11-22, 2022 and welcomed 137 participants from 57 countries.

During our two-week program, we place a great emphasis on connecting with the working practice of our participants and offer a broad approach to target groups from different organizations and sectors that play different roles in the evaluation process.

Watch the Interviews with IPDET participants and instructors and see further IPDET On-Site impressions below:

We asked the participants for their summary / perception of the first week of the IPDET 2022 On-Site. This is what they said:

To acknowledge and make use of this heterogeneity, we have come up with two special community events: the IPDET Participant’s Forum and the IPDET World Exhibition.
The IPDET Participants Forum

The IPDET Participants Forum takes advantage of the vast expertise of participants and provides space to share, discuss, network and (further) collaborate. This gives our participants the opportunity imparting their own knowledge and get feedback and advice from others on evaluation related questions.

In total, seven participants and three lecturers designed their own ‘market stands’:

1. Knowledge sharing:

  • ‘The role of politics in the evaluation field’ by Kenneth Otikal (Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries | UGANDA): Political leaders at various levels have in the past used evaluation to influence political discourse. Understanding the role of politics in evaluation is therefore key for its practitioners. Underpinning politics, at whatever level, provides a foundation for upholding important principles of the profession, most especially independence or ‘do not harm others’.
  • ‘Contribution of Evaluation for Good Governance and Democracy’ by Erdenechimeg Ulziisuren (Founder of Mongolian Evaluation Association | Cognos International LLC | MONGOLIA): Mongolia adopted a Law on Development Policy, Planning and its Management in 2020, and Mongolian Evaluation Association was founded in 2021 with a vision to promote and advance the theory, practice, use and institutions of evaluation in Mongolia. Both are central steps towards institutionalization of evaluation locally.
  • ‘Practical implementation of Evaluations for Non-Profits Organizations’ by Anniza de Wet (Valcare NPC | SOUTH AFRICA): Valcare activates and enables nonprofit organizations in the Western Cape in South Africa to implement certain key elements of the evaluation cycle to conduct regular self-evaluations to enable good governance and improved program delivery.
  • ‘Information on Evaluation Department at European Bank for Reconstruction & Development’ by Alejandra Palma (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development | UK): The independent Evaluation Department evaluates the performance of the Bank’s completed projects and programs relative to objectives. The overarching objective of each of EvD’s evaluations is to contribute to mutually reinforcing organisational accountability and learning, and through doing so empower evidence-based decision making and improve institutional performance.
  • ‘SAMEA Evaluation Hackathon’ by Eleanor Hazell (JET Education Services | SOUTH AFRICA): Inspired by the IPDET Evaluation Hackathon 2020, in 2021 people working in M&E joined a SAMEA Evaluation Hackathon to co-create solutions for South Africa’s challenges, in the process building M&E capacity, and strengthening the M&E community in South Africa.

2. Seeking for advice:

  • ‘Advise on: Evaluation Gender training with measurable achievements’ by Gabriela Rentaría (MEXICO): In particular, Gabriela was looking for ideas about alternative indicators or how to measure the training results, beyond the participants’ perception, on an evaluation of a training program with a gender perspective. The presentation allowed her to critically analyze not only this project, but others in her practice.
  • ‘Advise on: Evaluation from a cultural context in the public service sector especially in institutionalizing MEL in Government and Organization’ by Fiona Latoya Fandim (Pacific Community | PAPUA NEW GUINEA): One of the central aspects to strengthen MEL in institutions is to have capacity assessments within the organization and support with training programs and other career development programs that support MEL awareness and culture in the organization, as done with the Rebbilib which at SPC guides their MEL capacity building programs in the region.

3. Further training and cooperation:

  • ‘Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation (MABLE)’ by Wolfgang Meyer (Center for Evaluation (CEval) – Saarland University & IPDET | GERMANY):
    The MABLE program provides students with qualifications for scientific or professional work in the field of evaluation. The program is offered in cooperation between the Saarland University and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, both located in Germany.
  • ‘IPDET Global Outreach’ by Laszlo Szentmarjay and Reinhard Stockmann (IPDET):
    To meet the needs of specific audiences in different regions, since 2021 IPDET Global Outreach focusses on awareness raising & building, evaluation management as well as practical conduction and/or use of evaluations with activities across the globe. A first activity with focus on parliamentarians and their research staff was conducted in 2022.
The IPDET World Exhibition
The IPDET Participants Forum was combined with a World Exhibition, for which numerous cultural and country related items were brought from home, viewed and exchanged among each other. This parallel activity had a focus on the cultural side of IPDET and the diversity of participants origin. It contributes to further exchange, which supports understanding and learning about other cultures. Both formats enable us to further unite and integrate participants from a wide range of countries and with diverse professional backgrounds in a powerful network. The unique experience that each individual contributes and the joint willingness to learn and grow, generates our vibrant IPDET Community.
IPDET encompasses all aspects of evaluation addressing both, the needs of professionals with no or only few prior knowledge and experience in evaluation, as well as the needs of experienced evaluators, commissioners, managers and policy makers in the field of evaluation.
IPDET is targeted at individuals from NGOs, Ministries and Public Administration Institutions, bi- and multilateral development partners, Think Tanks, Universities, private firms, as well as parliamentarians who are eager to drive development in projects, programs and policies on local, national and international level. Although the context of IPDET is development evaluation, it is not limited to that perspective.  It rather entails the whole range of work that participants perform in their countries in different organizations and positions to drive the overall development of a country. The program runs for overall three weeks, which participants can attend entirely or in parts:
  • Core Course: The first week is perfect for individuals with no or only little prior knowledge and experience in evaluation who want to get a comprehensive overview of what is evaluation and on how to do it.
  • Workshops: The following week provides a series of in-depth workshops. Those who just started their first steps in the evaluation field can solidify and deepen their foundations, and more experienced ones find a wide variety of specialized topics to accommodate their specific interest.
Our international faculty consists of highly experienced renowned instructors from around the world, representing diverse perspectives from academia and evaluation practice. The didactics of core course and workshops are designed in a highly participatory and practice-oriented manner to facilitate adult learning and ensure that the wide expertise of participants is valued. The interactive learning environment combines theory and practice through modern didactics.
“The willingness of workshop participants to share their experiences and provide information during in- and out-of-class sessions added to the atmosphere of openness and collegiality and helped to strengthen professional linkages.”
– Nandi Ogiste | Research officer | National Institute of Higher Education Research | Trinidad and Tobago | IPDET 2019