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Professional learning and development courses

We provide world-class, tailored and supportive professional development learning opportunities for those working in non-governmental organisations, governments, multilateral agencies and research institutions to develop and put into practice the individual and organisational skills and expertise critical to realising transformative social change.

Our track record

Established in 1966 as Britain’s first international training Institute, we have extensive experience in facilitating high quality executive education and learning programmes. Together with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS World University Rankings.

Our professional development facilitators bring a unique expertise in designing and facilitating interactive and supportive learning environments which are shaped by participants needs and designed to promote mutual learning and exchange.

Our professional development and learning programmes

Our professional development learning portfolio includes:

  • Open-application Short Courses based at IDS such as the Transforming Nutrition short course.
  • Bespoke courses delivered for clients in other venues around the world such as the applied Multi-Methods Research Course that IDS developed with the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR).
  • Summer Schools based at IDS such as the STEPS Centre Summer School.
  • Learning journeys that offer thematic training over a period of time and are a key component of our Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme.
  • Online and blended learning such as the Mhealth, Health Systems and Development course.
  • Bespoke learning activities developed with partners, based on their professional development learning needs.

Our clients

Our clients include governments, UN agencies, philanthropic organisations, non-governmental and civil society organisations. See a selection of our clients

Contact us

For more information contact Leah Plati

 

Upcoming courses

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Professional development course

Contribution Analysis for Impact Evaluation

Short course to equip individuals and organisations to more effectively design impact evaluations using a contribution analysis framing.

From 13 January 2020 until 17 January 2020

Professional development course

Contribution Analysis for Impact Evaluation

Short course to equip individuals and organisations to more effectively design impact evaluations using a contribution analysis framing.

From 16 September 2019 until 20 September 2019

Professional development course

Working together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Professional short course where participants can share and learn from real-life contemporary country experiences of the SDGS and other UN goals, adding focused economic and social analysis of key issues and earlier historical experience and evaluation of efforts to implement UN goals. 

From 9 September 2019 until 13 September 2019

Professional development course

Engaging Evidence and Policy for Social Change

Short course for professionals. Gain the skills and knowledge required to operate effectively at the interface between policy and evidence.

From 24 July 2019 until 26 July 2019

Professional development course

Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes

Learn and network with leaders in nutrition policy and practice to develop more effective approaches to eliminating malnutrition in all its forms. You’ll be guided through cutting-edge knowledge and evidence on nutrition globally. Using an interactive diagnostic approach, you’ll learn to...

From 15 July 2019 until 19 July 2019

Professional development course

Social Protection: Policies, Programmes and Evidence

Further your knowledge of approaches to social protection and gain the skills to improve policies and programmes for positive social change. Get up to speed with current knowledge, evidence and practice of social protection. You will broaden your knowledge base of approaches to social...

From 1 July 2019 until 4 July 2019

Professional development course

STEPS Summer School 2019

An immersive course on theories and practical approaches to sustainability, through creative, interactive and participatory learning.

From 13 May 2019 until 24 May 2019