The International Program for Development Evaluation Training returns to Carleton University for 10th year

More than 200 professionals directly involved in development evaluation and programming at global, regional, national and community levels will gather at Carleton University from June 7 to July 2 for the 10th year of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET).

Founded by Ray Rist and Linda Morra Imas of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank and run collaboratively with Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs, the program equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate development initiatives. Their work helps governments, international agencies and not-for-profit organizations report on the results of development initiatives to citizens and to donors, as well as help people understand how change occurs in different contexts.

While G8 and G20 leaders will meet in June to discuss making development co-operation more effective, IPDET participants will be learning how to better measure and evaluate these initiatives, combining practical in-class learning with the unique opportunity to share knowledge with colleagues from more than 70 countries.

IPDET consists of two major components, a core course in weeks one and two and specialized workshops in weeks three and four. The curriculum constantly evolves to reflect the changing development agenda. This year, the IPDET program is introducing several new topical and timely workshops, including Governance, Corruption and Development Evaluation and Evaluating Humanitarian Assistance.

Thanks to the support from international development agencies such as IDRC, CIDA, the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Swedish International Development Agency, as well as the Dutch and Norwegian governments, IPDET has awarded more than 50 scholarships this year to candidates from governments and not-for-profit organizations in the developing world.

In celebration of IPDET’s 10th anniversary, this year’s program will feature several high-profile events, including panel discussions and presentations from visiting scholars and evaluators.

A detailed schedule of the four-week program is available at http://www.ipdet.org/.

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For more information:
Toni Petter
Communications Co-ordinator
IPDET
Tel: +1 (613) 520-2600, ext. 8856
toni_petter@carleton.ca

Lin Moody
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8705