Certificate Program in Evaluation

Enhancing the evaluation capacity of government and private sector partners is a vital aspect of strengthening developing countries’ efforts to lead and manage their own development. Since 1997, MSI has graduated over 400 developing country professionals through the MSI Certificate Program in Evaluation. Approximately 200 additional graduates were direct hire staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S. government agencies.

MSI’s Certificate Program in Evaluation provides participants with the basic skills and knowledge needed to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of donor and country-financed development programs, as well as projects developed and managed by local non-governmental organization (NGOs). Practical evaluation experience provided through the course makes it ideal for government and NGO evaluation managers, as well as individuals seeking to establish themselves as independent and professional program evaluators.

MSI’s Certificate Program in Evaluation is the equivalent, in hours and coverage, to a one-semester course at the graduate level at a U.S. university. It is designed for professionals who wish to build their evaluation skills without being absent from their normal work for an extensive period. The course includes two classroom phases, punctuated by fieldwork on a practical application. The average class size is 24.

The program has three phases that you can read about in the CEC pdf.

The MSI Certificate Program in Evaluation has been presented for NGOs in Russia, Malawi, Armenia, and South Asia. The course has also been given for USAID local hire and American staff in Eastern Europe/Central Asia, East, Southern and West Africa, Jordan, Uganda, the Philippines, Tanzania, South Sudan and Pakistan.

Modules from the course have been adapted for shorter orientation and training programs for the International Labor Organization, the U.S. Department of Labor, the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank.

The coverage and approaches used in MSI’s Certificate Program in Evaluation are consistent with the precepts of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action. The course is also compatible with the U.S. Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 and the 2011 USAID Evaluation Policy.

Follow-up surveys of graduates were conducted in 2002 and 2007, showing that most are using their evaluation skills to set up evaluation systems in their organizations or to conduct project or program evaluations for organizations in their region. Most survey respondents stated that they had participated in at least one evaluation since completing the course, and a number of respondents had been involved in several evaluation studies. Some graduates are even teaching evaluation to others in their communities.