Indicators for Development (ES)

The online instructor-led courses are offered in a personalized mode with no more than 30 students in each class. Start and finish dates are clearly marked. Besides the online tools used for interaction in the virtual environment, courses provide students with continuous support from a technical assistant, the tutor and a program coordinator, who are experts in the course topics, and are able to offer effective feedback in all course activities and promote relevant discussion.


In the interests of supporting the performance of public managers, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has developed an initiative – supported by a joint project of the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – with the objective of contributing to the Methodological Update for Evaluating Development Goals. This course is part of an initiative developed jointly by the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) and the Inter-American Institute for Social Development (INDES) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to support professional capacity building in the field of statistics of many public and private organizations involved in development processes. Although the content has been updated and redesigned, this course has been offered through INDES since 2007. It attempts to: raise awareness about the importance of setting targets for long-term development, as were the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and are now the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS); discuss their role in the design and implementation of public policies at the national and sub-national levels; train those involved in developmental processes in the use of such goals, targets and indicators. Ultimately, the intention is to increase the availability of quality statistical information to facilitate the design and implementation of evidence based public policies.

This course is intended for public officials and leaders of NGOs who are responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating social policies and programs. People who work in areas of social communication or budget allocation for social programs, parliamentary advisors, professionals who work in international organizations or cooperation agencies would also benefit from this course.
The full fee for this course is USD$200.00. This course is almost fully subsidized by IDB (Inter-American Development Bank). We offer a 50% discount for an early bird payment done by August 4th. Early bird fee is USD$100.00. After August 4th, the full fee will be charged. Participants will pay the corresponding amount to register in the course (no refunds), which will allow them access to the INDES (Inter-American Institute for Social and Economic Development) virtual classroom, to its resources, to ongoing mentoring by the teachers/tutors, technical support for the virtual platform and a certificate of course completion, for those participants earning a point total of 65 or more. Each participant is responsible for his or her own costs for Internet access. It should be emphasized that this fee does not cover the entire cost for the course; IDB, through its regional technical cooperation program, covers the balance of the applicable fees.
10 Hours per week
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N°1. Development as a concept and a practice
N°2. National Plans, Strategies and Poverty Reduction Long Term Objectives
N°3. The overall objectives and the policy cycle
N°4. Systems Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies
N°5. Where are the indicators?
N°6. Chains of objectives and indicators
N°7. Transforming information on indicators
N°8. Data sources and metadatay metadata
N°9. Understanding the statistical error
N°10. Using indicators to reflect diversity

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