The International Program for Development Evaluation Training Returns to Carleton University for its Second Decade

More than 200 professionals from around the world who are involved in development evaluation and programming will gather at Carleton University from June 13 to July 8 for the 11th year of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET).

“This unique program is incredibly popular and attracts people from countries such as Ghana, Uganda, Vietnam and Ethiopia ,” says Deborah McWhinney, IPDET’s manager. “I think that’s because the word is out that we offer an essential service to people working in this area who need and want accountability in their programs.”

To date, the program has trained over 3,000 professionals.

Media are invited to meet the organizers and participants at the opening reception on Monday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Galleria on the 4th floor of the University Centre.

The program equips participants from more than 70 countries with the information and skills they need to evaluate development initiatives which, in turn, helps governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations and graduate students report on the results of development initiatives to citizens and donors.

IPDET consists of two major components: a core course in the first two weeks and specialized workshops in weeks three and four. This year, the program is introducing several new workshops to reflect the changing needs of the development population.

At this year’s session, Bernard Wood and Michael Q. Patton, renowned evaluators, will discuss the global evaluation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The third round of monitoring of the declaration was completed this past spring.

Thanks to support from the governments of Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, as well as international and multilateral organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund and the International Development Research Centre, IPDET has awarded more than 80 scholarships this year to candidates from governments and non-governmental organizations in the developing world.

IPDET was founded by Ray Rist and Linda Morra Imas of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank and is run collaboratively with Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs.

A detailed schedule of the four-week program is available at


For more information:

Brittany Dale
Communications Co-ordinator
+1-613-520-2600, ext. 8856

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