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The IPDET 2024 On-Site program will take place from July 15 to 26, 2024!

The 2024 On-Site program in Bern took place from July 15 to 26, 2024. Participants could attend the entire 2 weeks or just parts:

  • Week 1, Core Course: July 15 – 19, 2024
  • Week 2, Workshops: July 22 – 26, 2024

IPDET`s 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.

Core Course: a solid foundation in Evaluation

IPDET`s one-week Core Course provides the fundamentals of evaluation. As an introductory course, participants gain a comprehensive overview of evaluation and on how to do it. The course is designed for those with no or little prior experience in evaluation, as well as for those seeking to refresh and update their basic knowledge.

In 7 modules, the participants learn about the key concepts and approaches, methods, processes, standards and tools for planning, implementation, and utilization of evaluation. The interactive learning environment combines theory and practice through modern didactics.

Workshops: deepen, explore and specialize

The second week provides two streams of in-depth workshops and allows participants to customize their schedule according to their background, particular needs, and interests.

• Consolidation stream: solidify and deepen conceptual knowledge and enhance practical skills of evaluation basics as follow-up on the core course.
• Specialized stream: explore methodological and thematic topics on introductory, intermediate and advanced level including cutting-edge and current development issues.

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.

Space for exchange and networking

The Participant Forum, Peer-to-Peer Sessions, meeting areas and more are a great opportunity to connect with other participants and network. Keynote speeches from leading personalities in relevant organizations provide further possibilities of learning and exchanging with experts in the field.

Participants can attend any combination of weeks and individual workshops.


IPDET workshops are tailored for continuous learning. IPDET participants are encouraged to come back in following years to continue their professional development and specialize.