Int. Program for Development Evaluation Training

IPDET Evaluation Reports

Annual evaluations

The evaluation framework developed for IPDET involves the annual collection, review, and reporting of data from the program by an outside evaluator. Annual evaluations have shown consistently positive results using a variety of tools including knowledge tests for learning effectiveness, plus student evaluations for the core course, weeks 3 and 4, and for each workshop. The majority of data gathered corresponds to what is commonly understood as level 1 evaluation, focusing on participant reactions and satisfaction with the program experience. In addition, pre- and posttests measure actual cognitive development of participants as a result of their participation in the program.

IPDET strategic review, abridged public version (July 2016)

Carleton University, which offered the IPDET Program until 2016 and the World Bank Group recognized the significance of internal and external changes and the importance of further developing the IPDET brand. In recent years internal changes (governance and management) and external changes (market and competitive landscape) have taken place and it was agreed to engage EnCompass LLC in May 2015 to conduct a strategic review of IPDET. The review’s purpose was to understand the current IPDET program’s relevance and sustainability, its audiences’ demands and needs, and the opportunities and risks associated with its model and current approach. The review, designed to highlight key issues related to IPDET’s future, was not intended to be a full market study.

IPDET tracer study (November 2015)

IPDET implemented a survey in November 2015, the first one of its kind, to measure the performance of IPDET training by looking at the experience of alumni 1.5 years after attending the program to see how their capacities to do evaluation-related tasks have changed, and how this affects decision making. The findings from this first survey are as follows:
Sixty-six percent of respondents said that they have applied the knowledge gained from IPDET in their work very frequently, and a large majority (72 percent) stated that the evaluation-related work they have done since IPDET has very frequently contributed to their decision making. Eighty-five percent of the respondents continue to actively follow the IPDET listserv, primarily to gather or share new information, look for job opportunities, and network or stay connected. An even larger proportion, 89 percent, feel connected to a global community because of the IPDET listserv.