IPDET codirectors, lead core instructors and workshop providers program manager
Linda G. Morra Imas
Dr. Linda G. Morra Imas is one of the creators of IPDET and has more than 30 years of experience with private and public sector evaluation and training in monitoring and evaluation throughout the world. She is the coauthor, with Ray C. Rist, of the comprehensive text, The Road to Results: Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations (published by the World Bank in 2009). Formerly the chief evaluation officer and advisor of Evaluation Capacity Development at the Independent Evaluation Group, the World Bank Group, Dr. Morra Imas now consults and trains on monitoring and evaluation for organizations and national governments. She is the former director of Education and Employment Program Evaluation for the U.S. Government Accountability Office and has taught program evaluation at George Washington University as an adjunct professor.
Ray C. Rist
Dr. Ray C. Rist is one of the creators of IPDET and president of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). Since retiring from the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, Dr. Rist has continued to advise organizations and national governments throughout the world on how to design and build results-based monitoring and evaluation systems. His career includes 15 years in the U.S. government with senior appointments in both the executive and legislative branches. He has held professorships at Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, and George Washington University and been a Fulbright Fellow at the Max Planck Institute. He has authored or edited 32 books, written more than 140 articles, and lectured in more than 85 countries. Dr. Rist serves on the editorial boards of nine professional journals and chairs an international working group that collaborates on research related to evaluation and governance.
Program manager until 2017
Julia Thompson is a social policy specialist with a masters in social policy and planning from the London School of Economics. She has over 15 years of experience in international development, most of which were spent in East and Southern Africa focusing on organizational development, leadership development, and process facilitation. For a number of years, T was the chief executive officer of Common Purpose South Africa, and she subsequently consulted in Southern Africa for a range of clients. Prior to working at IPDET, Julia was a governance advisor at the Canadian International Development Agency. Julia continues to act as a close adviser during the IPDET 2.0 transition.