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IED Accredited Courses and Qualifications

A programme of short courses is available through a range of providers and availability varies according to the time of year.

‘Why, and how, to evaluate (well)’, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

The What Works Centre host quarterly workshops in evaluation to help economic development practitioners think about how to evaluate their local economic growth policies more effectively. The open access workshops are open to individual Institute of Economic Development members, and employees of Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and Combined Authorities. Attendance at these workshops is targeted at policy and programme officers, monitoring and evaluation officers, procurement officers and strategic decision makers in LEPs and Local Authorities but it may also be of relevance to others.

You can access this workshop in one of two ways: either by arranging a bespoke, in-house session for between 6 and 20 individuals in your organisation (which, if you wish, can include your partner organisations and can be tailored to your areas of policy interest), or by sending individual or small groups of officers to one of our open access training sessions. If you would like to discuss which option would be better for you, please do get in touch {mailto:lynne.miles@arup.com}. The content and structure of the day will be broadly similar in either case.

The first aim of these sessions is to share knowledge we have gathered in the last three years from reviewing the evidence that already exists on the impacts of policies, programmes and investments aiming to drive local employment, productivity and prosperity.

Beyond that, we hope to ‘demystify’ evaluation to make policy makers more critical consumers of evidence and generators of new evidence, including:

  • how to design programmes so that they can be evaluated robustly;
  • how to think about a robust counterfactual across different types of policy or programme;
  • how to pilot new policy approaches and gain quick feedback to speed up the policy development cycle; and
  • how to be smart commissioners of evaluation so that the evidence you get back from consultants tells you something meaningful.

We will talk through case study examples of where local growth policies have been evaluated well, and what we know about where local areas have learned lessons in getting both large and small evaluations off the ground including lessons learned.

Finally, we will outline the support the WWCLEG can provide. Where there is a commitment to high quality evaluation we may be able to follow up with a range of support including:

  • advice on how to design programmes to allow for good evaluation,
  • support for developing evaluations (including terms of reference for outside contractors),
  • review of tender submissions,
  • participation on steering groups or peer review boards, and
  • analytical support to carry out evaluations directly.

We hope that in many cases the training workshop will be the starting point of a longer relationship as we aim to build a ‘coalition of the willing’ to expand our collective understanding of what works better to drive local economic growth.

Note: open access sessions will only run if the required minimum participants register.

Short courses run by EDAS

EDAS (the Economic Development Association Scotland) runs three one-day courses which are accredited by the IED. They are Introduction to Local Economic Development; Inclusive Growth and Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation. For more information visit the EDAS website here.


A number of Universities offer undergraduate and post graduate courses and include the Universities where there are IED Members on the staff or studying. An up to date list is being prepared currently and will be posted here soon. In the meantime, please get in touch for more information. Courses range from part time to full time and some are available as distance learning and you will need to contact the Universities for full details.

The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University offers two taught postgraduate degrees, an MA in Regional Development and Spatial Planning and an MA in Local and Regional Development (Research) More details here