Earn your Ph.D. in evaluation


Are you serious about evaluation? If so, the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IPDE; https://wmich.edu/evaluationphd) program at Western Michigan University (WMU) might be for you.

Dr. Brandy Brown, an IDPE alumni, recently remarked, “In many educational fields of study, you’re kind of boxed in. The interdisciplinary nature of this program gave me more choice and made me much more invested in what I was learning and wanting to do it well, and it certainly helped me understand how to increase my productivity and efficiency.” Read more about her experience at https://wmich.edu/news/2019/08/54503.

Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the IDPE is the only program of its type in the world. As an interdisciplinary program, it is housed in The Evaluation Center (https://wmich.edu/evaluation) administered by the Graduate College, and offered by the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Development, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Health and Human Services. Each student’s doctoral degree is conferred by their home college rather than by a department in a college or The Evaluation Center.

In the IDPE, each student’s curriculum is tailored to their unique needs, interests, and aspirations. With the assistance of an advisor, students select courses across a variety of disciplines.

The mission of the IDPE is to develop evaluation scholars and practitioners who have a deep knowledge of evaluation theory, methodology and practice as well as superior critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Learn more about what IDPE graduates do with their degrees by visiting our alumni page at https://wmich.edu/evaluationphd/alumni.

Notable IDPE alumni include, but are not limited to:

Dr. Tererai Trent, who was named by Oprah Winfrey as her all-time favorite guest (http://www.oprah.com/world/tererai-trents-inspiring-education) and one of the most influential female scholars in the world (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48678923). Oprah donated $1.5 million to Trent’s home village in Zimbabwe to build and support a new school. Dr. Trent also recently published the highly-acclaimed book “The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams” (https://www.amazon.com/Awakened-Woman-Remembering-Reigniting-Sacred/dp/1501145665).

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen, who has published numerous books on data visualization and reporting for evaluation, including “Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact” (https://www.amazon.com/Presenting-Data-Effectively-Communicating-Findings/dp/1506353126/ref=sr_1_2?crid=20ZAD2Y9YXU8F&keywords=stephanie+evergreen+books&qid=1568146346&s=gateway&sprefix=stephanie+eve%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-2) and the recently published 2nd edition of “Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data” (https://www.amazon.com/Effective-Data-Visualization-Right-Chart/dp/1544350880/ref=sr_1_1?crid=20ZAD2Y9YXU8F&keywords=stephanie+evergreen+books&qid=1568146252&s=gateway&sprefix=stephanie+eve%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1).

Dr. Michele Tarsilla, International Rotary and Fulbright Scholar joined the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) faculty in 2014 and he lectures on evaluation in a number of universities around the world. For more than 10 years, he has been conducting evaluations of projects funded by the World Bank, FAO, WFP, DfiD and USAID, in a variety of sectors (including education, health, agriculture and food security). He has worked in over thirty countries, is proficient in six languages, serves as a member of the African Evaluation Journal (AEJ) editorial team.

Dr. Brandy Brown, who was recently named climate and energy advisor to lead the charge on climate change by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (https://wmich.edu/news/2019/08/54484?fbclid=IwAR0Gch3FjiMLb7BnKSAARcdeV35n-eSV7B-h-idd7BGKyhPAAWvkBntKyis).

For more information or to apply, please contact the Director of the IDPE by e-mail at [email protected] or visit https://wmich.edu/evaluationphd