Evaluation Fundamentals Certification Programme

Advanced Evaluation Certification Programme (NEW)

Evaluation Fundamentals Certification Programme

26 February–11 April 2024
The course is available in English, Français
Introduction to the course

This certification programme offers the opportunity for evaluation commissioners, managers and evaluators to reflect on the current debates among evaluation communities of practice. Based on a literature review and presentations discussed at a number of recent evaluation conferences, it sistematizes practical insights on the use of methods and techniques for complex evaluation interventions, particularly in the realm of SDGs; how to deal with different types of evaluation constraints; and the role of technology in evaluation practice. The course will make use of case studies and evaluation reports from different UN organizations, stressing the importance of compliance with ethical guidelines, norms and standards during the various phases of an evaluation process.

Who attends this course?

This certification programme is intended for a wide range of actors in the field of evaluation, in particular commissioners, managers and evaluators, but it is also suited to a wider audience of technical specialists responsible for programming and monitoring, and officials working in the public sector, the United Nations and NGOs. The programme is also designed to meet the needs of the social partners and other decision-makers involved in the design and evaluation of public policy. Members of the research community involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of development programmes are also invited to participate.

Why should I join?
  • The programme was developed and is implemented by evaluation experts and practitioners, researchers and development cooperation managers
  • The course will take advantage of case studies and evaluation reports from different UN organizations, stressing the importance of compliance with ethical guidelines, norms and standards during the several phases of an evaluation process
  • Successful participants receive a professional certification attesting their capacity to effectively design, manage or conduct an evaluation
  • Receive individualized feedback and tutoring, while building your international networking
  • This course is delivered through distance learning and deployed on the ITCILO e-Campus. It frees you from the classroom and gives you the flexibility to complete the learning modules at your own pace, within the module and course timeframe, and to carry-through weekly assignment within your schedule
  • Participants keep access to the e-Campus course training materials and references
What topics does this course cover?
  • Actors, roles and interests in the evaluation process
  • Stakeholder’s analysis
  • Evaluability assessment
  • Theory of Change
  • Evaluation questions and criteria
  • Evaluation approaches
  • Data constraints and challenges during data collection and analysis
  • Ethical dilemmas in evaluation 
  • Quality assurance mechanisms
  • From reporting to uptake
How will I learn?

Course Methodology

This course is designed to provide comprehensive support for your learning journey. It includes seven self-paced modules, as well as knowledge tests, a debate forum, and weekly individual assignments that use a case study approach created by the course team.

A tutor will provide you with individual feedback on your assignments, and a synchronous learning space will be created during the weekly online webinars, which last approximately 90 minutes. We believe that this combination of self-paced modules, interactive activities, and individual support/coaching will help you to gain practical competencies to manage and conduct evaluations.

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