IPDET is a globally recognized and highly respected player in advanced training in the field of evaluation. IPDET is a collaborative effort among three partners: The Center for Continuing Education at the University of Bern, Switzerland; the Center for Evaluation in Saarbrücken, Germany; and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. This partnership brings to the program long-standing roots in development evaluation and training, and strong faculty with in-the-field experience.
IPDET’s courses and workshops are tailored to the needs of development professionals who commission, manage, practice, and benefit from evaluations. IPDET’s on-site program in Bern, Switzerland, comprises two key components that enable participants to advance their knowledge and understanding of M&E:
Under GEI, IPDET will offer a blended program that includes the on-site program in Bern and online options. IPDET will also expand its program to provide in-person offerings outside of Switzerland.
PRiME is a global training and certification program in M&E with a focus on rural development, conducted with and jointly developed by the International Fund for Rural Development and CLEAR. Its main objective is to offer high-quality, global, and sustainable training and certification programs in M&E and impact assessment in rural development.
PRiME offers two thematic programs, “Fundamentals of M&E” and “Impact Evaluation”; to date, participants from more than 80 countries have been certified. The courses are open to the wider M&E community and provide participants with the necessary knowledge and tools to integrate M&E basics into their project planning and design. PRiME has also enabled its participants to commission or conduct evaluations and promote the use of evidence for policymaking in the rural sector.
Under GEI, PRiME will extend its curriculums to offer other advanced courses.
As a week dedicated to global M&E knowledge sharing, gLOCAL Evaluation Week features a wide range of events organized by governmental and nongovernmental M&E–aware institutions. Launched in 2019, the inaugural gLOCAL Evaluation Week took place with 177 M&E knowledge-sharing events in 38 countries. The 2020 iteration of gLOCAL—which was fully virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—included over 250 events hosted by 188 institutions in 40 countries.
This initiative will continue to grow under GEI, leveraging partnerships to reach more organizers in existing countries and expand to more regions.
PIFED is a well-established and internationally recognized French-language M&E training program. PIFED has trained more than 2,000 people, with over 70 percent of program participants coming from public administrations of francophone countries in Africa and Haiti. The program was developed by the École nationale d’administration publique in 2011, in collaboration with the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and with the financial support of Global Affairs Canada.
The objective of PIFED is to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in the field of evaluation, both at the individual and organizational levels. The program aims to foster an evaluative culture in developing countries—with a strong focus in francophone Africa and Haiti—through capacity building activities. PIFED plays a strong advocacy role for the institutionalization of evaluation in public administrations to promote evidence-based decision-making for better performance of public interventions.
PIFED consists of a range of capacity building and training activities, carried out by École nationale d’administration publique professors, evaluation professionals, and international experts, tailored to meet the needs of individuals. Under GEI, PIFED will connect with other ECD partners working in francophone Africa, such as the CLEAR Francophone Africa Center, to enhance offerings for local evaluators and development professionals. Further, PIFED aims to expand into Northern Africa with Arabic language training offerings to ensure that access to high-quality M&E training is available in both French and Arabic.