Post Graduate Diploma in Development Evaluation Studies (PGDDES)

To increase the capacity of indigenous professional health and human development leaders to effectively participate in the creation, monitoring and evaluation of projects aimed at fulfilling the Millennium Development goals. After completion of the program, we believe the graduate should be defined by the following:


Enlightened professionals and leaders, who will not only do their professional work, but do it with dedication and integrity. He/she should be a person who displays a pro-poor attitude towards their communities. She/he should be compassionate and sensitive to community needs. The graduate should have the spirit of servant hood and use Christian values as his/her guiding tool.

The professional or leader should have the enthusiasm to improve the development and management of rural and urban areas thus able to adapt to the changing development context. They should also be leaders who will not just think about their own well-being but also that of the communities they serve.


He/she is able to plan, monitor and evaluate a development proposal in relation with the likelihood that the proposal will address the real need in their community, that the planned activity will result in identifiable and desirable outcomes from participating groups and that the identified outcomes are positive for the local community with minimum negative consequences.

The graduate should have the ability to monitor the operations of a development project in relation to; timelines and budgets, outcomes against goals, outcomes and unsought real consequences and how to sustain gains and minimize losses. He/she should be able to analyze problems; big or small and convert them into project ideas.

A PGDDES graduate should be able to use technology in documenting, accountability, use of time management techniques and documenting any diversions from the plan. This person should also have the ability to carry out social enquiry (social research), determine and conduct a needs assessment considering the role of objective setting and is able to apply theoretical knowledge into practice.


The graduate is knowledgeable of the Christian world view and is able to relate it to other world views for development.  This person should have an overview of the meaning of and aspects of development to enable them identify changes in society that qualify as development. 


A PGDDES graduate should have project evaluation skills like data management, data interpretation, learning from success, learning from failure and building sequential Vs iterative development projects.

This graduate should be skilled in planning, social enquiry (Research), team building and leadership, problem assessment and critical analysis, mobilization (resource both financial and human), advocacy and problem analysis.

He/she should also have the skills to promote community participation as an integral activity of the development process. This person should have the skills in information technology especially in this globalization era. He/she should be skilled in integrative, interdisciplinary and continuous planning process and evaluation.

The graduate should also have skills to collect relevant and accurate information that can be used for both planning and evaluation process and most importantly, skills in project proposal writing.


Should be a person committed to serve people in all settings. He/she should be both self driven and self motivated to empower others. This person should respect people from different ethical and ideological leanings. Last but not least, he/she should have the spirit of transparency and accountability.

Provider - Uganda Christian University

Format - Face to face

Cost - Not specified

Duration - 24 months

Focus areas - Data Analysis

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