Latin America and the Caribbean

Gender-based Violence Analysis for USAID/Honduras

Under the USAID ADVANTAGE IDIQ contract, EnCompass and consortia partner Counterpart International worked with USAID/Honduras to produce an in-depth analysis of GBV issues to inform the Mission’s development objective of increasing citizen security for vulnerable populations in urban, high-crime areas.  EnCompass conducted primary research in the field, including survey research, focus groups, and individual interviews to identify and analyze the most common forms, incidences, and causes of GBV in target communi

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Grantee Partners' Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

EnCompass worked collaboratively with the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to support their Relief and Resilience International Program. This program is focused on the community level, supporting vulnerable populations in low-attention disasters, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation in the Sahel, Central America, and South and South-East Asia. EnCompass helped the Foundation refine the program’s theory of change and formalize a robust monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan.

Independent evaluation of Núcleo Ciência pela Infância

Núcleo Ciência pela Infância is a collaborative initiative of six partners working to build the evidence base, disseminate findings, and prepare leaders to inform policy on early childhood development in Brazil. EnCompass completed an evaluation that explored the strengths, achievements, and challenges of the collaboration to inform its future directions.

USAID, Evaluation of Quality Assurance/Workforce Development

As a subcontractor to University Research Corporation, EnCompass designed and implemented the evaluation of the quality improvement methodology, the improvement collaboratives model. This innovative rapid improvement approach to healthcare planning and delivery is focused on monitoring, knowledge sharing, and the refinement of standards to address local operational obstacles. The evaluation team documented the collaboratives model in 14 countries as applied to maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and hospital-based pediatrics.

USAID, Health Care Improvement Initiative, Leadership Study

Recognizing that leadership is likely instrumental in achieving successful quality improvement (QI) initiatives, USAID’s Health Care Improvement Initiative was interested in a better understanding of how leadership impacts QI program effectiveness. EnCompass conducted a study to identify the leadership traits and behaviors associated with effective and sustainable implementation of quality improvement in health care delivery in Honduras and Niger.

USAID, Health Care Improvement Project, Cost-Effectiveness Studies

As a subcontractor to University Research Corporation, EnCompass designed and implemented 17 field-based studies to understand and document costs, and to assess and improve the cost-effectiveness of specific quality improvement approaches and methodologies applied by improvement collaboratives in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Studies focus on HIV/AIDS and maternal, child, and neonatal health initiatives.

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USAID, Mid-term Evaluation of the PEPFAR Caribbean Regional Program

USAID launched this evaluation to determine the long-term success of the Caribbean Regional Program. EnCompass analyzed whether the program is helping countries reach a sustainable national HIV program model; identified key factors contributing to or impeding project results; and, made recommendations for program adjustments. EnCompass utilized existing quantitative data and collected primary qualitative data using a desk review, interviews with interagency teams and in-country counterparts, and field visits to five countries.

USAID, Policy Planning and Learning Bureau (PPL), Evaluation of Policies and Reforms

USAID’s PPL seeks to link policy, planning, learning, evaluation, research, donor coordination, and innovation through science and technology. In collaboration with USAID PPL, EnCompass designed and conducted an evaluative process that explored how well USAID’s Program Cycle has been understood, implemented, supported, and integrated into the organizational culture among missions and in USAID Washington.