Health

October 01, 2016

What is utilization-focused evaluation and how does EnCompass use this approach?

Utilization-focused evaluation, developed by evaluation consultant Michael Quinn Patton, is an approach to evaluation based on the principle that an evaluation should be judged on its usefulness to its intended user. In his seminal book, Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008), he argues that evaluations should be conducted in a way that engages the intended user throughout the evaluation to enhance the utilization of findings once the evaluation is complete. This includes facilitating the use of the evaluation by presenting actionable, evidence-based recommendations, as well as...

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November 30, 2015

This blog post was originally published by the USAID Assist Project.

As we work toward ending the global HIV epidemic by the year 2030, optimizing the health workforce has never been more important. PEPFAR 3.0 directs investment to target regions and services to achieve epidemic control. Yet, as countries strive to achieve more with less, what activities and approaches will best support and enable increased utilization of the existing health workforce to deliver and sustain quality HIV/AIDS services?

A recent investigation explores a...

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April 13, 2015
Biomarker specialists visit a Ugandan laboratory as an experiential activity.

Note: This post was originally published by The DHS Program.

In January, 2015, 11 biomarker specialists from eight countries met in Uganda to participate in the first-ever South-to-South DHS Program Biomarker Workshop. Participants all had previous experience with DHS surveys, either as consultants or as in-country staff. The objectives of the training were to emphasize mastery of technical biomarker content and training materials, strengthen consultants training and facilitation skills, and to pilot test the newly designed DHS Program Biomarker Curriculum. Ultimately, it is hoped that many of the participants from...

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February 10, 2015
A spray operator leaves for a day of work in the community, carrying her spray pump on the back of her bike

How do you define a successful malaria prevention project? One that achieves a 60% decrease in malaria cases? A 75% decrease? 80%?

What if I told you that a malaria prevention project in Uganda has achieved decreases over 90% in new cases, in some of the highest transmission areas in all of Africa? The Uganda Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) project has done just that, saving lives in hundreds of communities throughout Northern Uganda. This project, funded by USAID and implemented by Abt Associates, utilizes an insecticide sprayed on the interior walls of people’s homes which has been specially developed to kill the mosquitoes that spread malaria. In order to be effective, at least 85% of houses in a community must be sprayed in order to kill mosquitoes as they enter homes at night...

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September 22, 2014
Photo: © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank (via Creative Commons)

Everyone seems to be talking about “mobile health”, or mHealth, and exalting the power of ICT for health. Somehow, it seems that if we are not incorporating ICT in our health programs today, we have missed the train to successful health outcomes. So, after a three-year wait for USAID’s decision, I find myself as the manager of a newly-won TASC4-ICT for Health umbrella contract, or prequalification, for USAID. EnCompass is the prime contractor, and leads a partnership of superstar organizations that represent ICT excellence. In this introductory post, let me convey the wisdom of the team: ICT indeed holds incredible potential for improving health outcomes; and, to unleash that potential, it...

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March 14, 2014

“What We’re Reading” is a quarterly blog series that gives EnCompass staff a chance to share books you might find enjoyable. This installment features a selection from Vera Connolly, our Executive Officer for Training and Leadership. Please share your thoughts below, or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@EnCompass_World).

1. What are you reading?

“The Artist’s Way at Work: Riding the Dragon” by Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron, and Catherine Allen.

2. What inspired you to read this book?

As we explored the issue of work/life balance at our last company retreat, we were asked to...

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