EnCompass Insights

May 04, 2017

What is the future of evaluation in Africa? This is a question on many minds as evaluation professionals ponder global trends in their industry. Participants at the 2017 African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) International Conference in Kampala, Uganda, discussed cultural context at length and generally agreed that increasing African-led evaluations in Africa should be a priority. Kelsey Simmons, Evaluation Specialist at EnCompass, participated in these discussions, where she learned that EnCompass’ efforts to build a partner- or mentorship-style relationship with African evaluators in order to strengthen their capacity were both needed and appreciated.

We sat down with Kelsey upon her return to learn more about her experience at the AfrEA International conference.

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March 28, 2017

PFA Course

The sound of a helicopter chop fills the room. The participants rush to the window of the hotel-meeting-turned-class-room to see who has arrived. They quickly realize it’s just the First Lady of Kenya dropping by to ensure that all is ready for the art exhibition being held at the hotel that evening. This is one of many unexpected and exciting moments that can happen during an overseas delivery of the USAID Programming Foreign Assistance course.

As exciting as a visit from the First Lady can be, the real power of the course is what happens in the classroom. Two facilitators guide approximately 25 USAID staff from missions around the world through five days of learning all about USAID systems and processes. Between the facilitators’ development experience and the participants’...

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January 03, 2017

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Wishing our partners and friends a very happy new year!

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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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July 11, 2016

Administrator Gayle Smith suggests that we live in a time of extraordinary development achievements and gains, and as such we need to be flexible and turn all available resources to the advantage of producing better development results. With that in mind, the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) convened development partners on June 2 to explore how to best leverage evidence, innovation, and partnerships.

With regards to partnerships, our community recognizes the value of bringing together the private sector with governments, civil society, scientists, and academia to achieve development goals. SDG #17 and...

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