EnCompass Insights

March 28, 2017

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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June 01, 2016

Panelists prepare for discussion at the PEPFAR GBVI event

This post was originally published on The Pump.

One in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused at least once in her lifetime. And women who have experienced gender-based violence (GBV) can face up to three times greater risk for HIV compared to those who have not, according to UNAIDS. GBV is common, affecting both women and men. Children and key populations are also at high risk, and often don’t have access to the resources they need.

To address GBV as an underlying factor in the global HIV epidemic, the U.S....

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