EnCompass News

November 07, 2016

We are pleased to announce the release of a new white paper, Evaluating Our Way to Smarter Organizations, authored by EnCompass CEO Tessie Catsambas and Vice President, Dr. Lynne Miller Franco. The paper was presented at the USAID Africa Bureau Evaluation Summit and the 2016 American Evaluation Association annual conference in Atlanta. 

Evaluating Our Way to Smarter Organizations targets nonprofit organizations and advocates the value of creating evaluation plans for social programs. “A robust evaluation system that prioritizes learning and reflection supports more strategic thinking within organizations, and helps nonprofits tell their stories of success more effectively through clear presentation of the evidence base,” said Ms. Catsambas. 

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October 16, 2016

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2016 marks the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 30th Annual Conference, which will be held on October 24-29 in Atlanta, Georgia. Through this year’s conference theme, “Evaluation + Design”, participants will consider the integration of design and evaluation in three areas: program design, evaluation design, and information design.

As big believers in the idea of evaluation and design as parts of a whole, EnCompass is honored to contribute to a number of presentations and discussions at this year’s conference. We hope you’ll join our staff at the following sessions:

Wednesday, October 26th

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August 23, 2016

For Immediate Release: EnCompass LLC has been awarded a five-year contract from USAID for the Global Health Professional and Organizational Development (GHPOD) II program.

GHPOD’s role is to strengthen USAID health sector staff capacity to lead and manage programs, equipping them to meet the challenges of a continuously changing sector. Through the GHPOD mechanism, EnCompass will provide a variety of professional development activities to build health sector staff skills and competencies in health sector technical areas, program management, leadership, and personal and team effectiveness and staff performance management. GHPOD also provides organizational development activities, such as retreats and strategic meetings.

“This work is especially...

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June 17, 2016

Through a new contract awarded by the Department of State, EnCompass and its subcontractor Camris International will conduct a two part evaluation of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) Global Equality Fund and the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program.

The Global Equality Fund is a private-public initiative that provides emergency, short-term, and long-term support to various programs that advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Dignity for All assists LGBTI human rights defenders with emergency, security, and training needs as well as providing advocacy rapid response grants.

Our team is excited to “contribute to the critical work of LGBTI human rights defenders around the world, drawing from our expertise in...

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May 23, 2016

New Directions for Evaluation journal cover

We are pleased to share a recent chapter from the New Directions for Evaluation journal, written by EnCompass CEO/CFO Tessie Catsambas!

This chapter, entitled “Facilitating Evaluation to Lead Meaningful Change”, explores the significant overlap between evaluator and facilitator competencies, and argues that:

“Transformational evaluations call for significant self-development and strengthening of leadership competencies. Through development and use of facilitation tools and techniques, facilitation can be used to enhance the effectiveness and use of an evaluation.”

The full article is now available to rent or buy through the

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April 12, 2016

While attending the Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando, our Instructional Technology Specialist Nina Talley took some time out to talk with Noel Wurst for an episode of his podcast "SkyTap". As Noel explains:

"We talk all the time about the real cost of poor quality software making it to production, but what about the equally negative impact that poor quality can have in the delivery of virtual training? Nina sat down with us to share some actions that can—and should—be taken before your next virtual class begins in order prevent the pitfalls that can negatively impact learners’ experience or even your business as a whole."

You can listen to the full interview (or read the transcript) here:...

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March 24, 2016

On Monday, March 21, EnCompass CEO/CFO Tessie Catsambas and President Sherry Rockey joined a breakfast meeting with the new USAID Administrator Gayle Smith. The breakfast was organized by the Professional Services Council’s Council of International Development Companies.  The Administrator shared her intention to continue on a steady path of implementing her predecessor’s initiatives and policies including climate change, humanitarian policy, Power Africa, and Global Health Security. She also talked about aligning USAID’s portfolio with the Sustainable Development Goals, and pursuing strong public-private partnerships to achieve them. We wish Administrator Smith good luck in her leadership of USAID, and remain committed to support her in any way we can. Over the last few years,...

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