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Two levels of workshop cater for the needs and interest in fundamentals of evaluation and advanced, cutting-edge topics, theoretical issues and practical application. The workshops have a duration of 2 or 2 ½ days. Participants may attend the whole week or register for single workshops.

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Workshop requirements and expectations

The workshops will take place in the second week of the On-Site program in Bern:

  • Session one: July 17-19, 2023
  • Session two: July 20-21, 2023

There will be 6 parallel workshops in each Session. Therefore, only one workshop can be booked per Session.

The workshop week consist of two levels:

Consolidation level: Solidify and deepen conceptual knowledge and enhance practical skills of evaluation basics as follow-up on the core course. Please see the topics in the blue boxes.

Specialized level: Explore methodological and thematic topics on introductory, intermediate and advanced level including cutting-edge and current development issues. Please see the topics in the yellow and orange boxes.

The descriptions of each single workshop contains clearly defined objectives and requirements. Please read them carefully and take them into consideration when selecting the workshops!

It will not be possible to change the workshop selection during the program!


Participants will be awarded an official IPDET workshop participation certificate.


You are interested in the IPDET On-Site workshops? Please watch this video from our 2023 Kick-off to get more insights:

Session 1
in week 2 | July 17 - 19 | 2.5 days long
I-a: Qualitative Research Methods for Evaluation
What are the ‘rules of the game’ in drawing on qualitative research methods for evaluation? The workshop covers a range of qualitative methods, including in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, participation observation, participatory tools and Photovoice, and discusses how these methods can be used to improve the impact, quality and accountability of development Programmes.
Instructor(s)Anuprita Shukla
Recommended forEvaluators, Policy Makers, Practitioners
I-b: Designing Evaluations
An evaluation is an assessment of a policy, program or project and serves the purposes of learning and accountability. To achieve these purposes, evaluations need to be purposely designed to enhance their potential utility while at the same time ensuring rigor. This workshop will discuss the foundations of evaluation design. Participants will develop a sound understanding of the building blocks of evaluation design on the basis of structured discussions and exercises around real-world evaluation examples.
Instructor(s)Jos Vaessen
Recommended forEvaluators, Commissioners, Management, Practitioners
I-c: Communication and Reporting: How to increase the impact and utility of your Evaluation
Participants learn about the essential elements that underpin effective evaluation communication, dissemination and reporting, using real examples and case studies. The workshop focuses on strategies and tactics that increase the likelihood that key stakeholders will absorb and act on evaluation findings.
Instructor(s)Allison Malkin, Joseph Mouanda
Recommended forEvaluators, Management, Policy Makers, Practitioners
I-d: Theory-based causal Analysis: Process Tracing, QCA and Pattern-Matching in practice
This workshop covers the following topics: review of various causal theories and their affili-ated theory-based evaluation methods; fundamentals of designing a theory-based case-based causal analysis; applications using within case causal analysis such as Process Tracing; and applications to enhance generalizability of causal claims through cross-case causal analysis (including brief introduction of QCA).
Instructor(s)Estelle Raimondo
Recommended forEvaluators
I-e: Evaluation for social justice
The workshop addresses paradigms, assumptions and individual perspectives on social justice and transformation, explores different justice-oriented evaluation types and methodologies, discusses new approaches to evaluation practitioners’ roles and competencies, and provides different practical tools to mainstream a social-transformation approach throughout all phases of an evaluation.
Instructor(s)Silvia Salinas Mulder
Recommended forEvaluators, Management, Social Scientists, Activists
I-f: Evaluation at the Nexus of Environment and Development
For evaluation to remain relevant in today’s world, it must recognize the interconnectedness of the human and natural systems. As evaluators, we must see the larger picture in which the interventions we evaluate operate. We can no longer evaluate projects and programs in isolation, based only on their internal logic, as if they existed in a vacuum.
Instructor(s)Juha Uitto, Geeta Batra
Recommended forEvaluators, Commissioners, Parlamentarians, Policy Makers, Practitioners, Activists
Session 2
in week 2 | July 20 - 21 | 2 days long
II-a: Quantitative Data Collection: Planning and implementing surveys
How to plan and implement a survey? What are the challenges and pitfalls and how can you overcome them? In this workshop, you will enter the world of quantitative data collection. You will learn how to set up a survey, design a questionnaire, and yield valid and reliable results. You will be provided with a basic method knowledge, real-world examples and hands-on practical group works. So, if you plan to conduct a survey anytime soon, be sure to check out this workshop!
Instructor(s)Stefan Silvestrini
Recommended forEvaluators, Commissioners, Policy Makers
II-b: Computer-Assisted Qualitative data analysis: A Primer
Evaluators, join us for a hands-on workshop on computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Discover new ways to organize, code, and analyze mixed-methods data in a hands-on tutorial. Whether you are new to computer-assisted qualitative data analysis or looking to expand your skills, this workshop is for you.
Instructor(s)Ariya Hagh
Recommended forEvaluators, Policy Makers, Practitioners
II-c: Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in Organizations
An M&E system within an organization aims at ensuring the quality of the work of the organization and to increase its overall steering capability. The workshop covers the necessary requirements, like M&E policy, a structural anchoring of M&E, a regulatory framework, quality assurance, a budget, qualified personnel, defined mechanisms for stakeholder participation and for the use of evaluation results.
Instructor(s)Reinhard Stockmann, Wolfgang Meyer
Recommended forManagement, Practitioners, Commissioners, Evaluators
II-d: From Data to Decisions: Integrating Machine Learning in Evaluation
The workshop introduces the fundamentals of integrating big data science and machine learning algorithms into your evaluation approach. You'll learn about Bayesian theory, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and how to address selection and algorithmic bias. You will be guided through an interactive step-by-step process of building evaluation models with primary and secondary datasets using an open-source, no-cost, no-code visual-based analytics platform.
Instructor(s)Peter York
Recommended forEvaluators, Practitioners
II-e: Evaluation in the UN
This workshop will outline the core principles for UN evaluations and how UN values (Leave no One behind, Gender equality and human rights) shape evaluative practice in the UN and UNDP. The workshop will go into detail on the implementation approaches and standards across UNDP and the challenges faced in ensuring this. The workshop will offer practical approaches throughout, including reflections on what UNDP has learnt from undertaking evaluations in fragile settings and during the pandemic.
Instructor(s)Richard Jones, Vijaya Vadivelu
Recommended forEvaluators, Commissioners, Policy Makers
II-f: Evaluation of climate change and development
Based on current concepts and frameworks, practical examples and interactive group work, the workshop covers methods and tools for the evaluation of climate finance and development impact, including evidence reviews, SDG evaluation, advanced case studies analysis, vulnerability assessments and geospatial evaluation.
Instructor(s)Sven Harten, Martin Noltze, Dirk Hoffmann
Recommended forEvaluators, Commissioners, Activists