The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation approved its first strategy on gender equality in 2017. Among other elements, the strategy includes a major focus on self-help groups (SHGs) as a tool for fostering women’s economic empowerment. Due to the growth of mobile and digital technologies in Africa and India, the Foundation is interested in the current and potential use of such technologies to support SHGs. They contracted EnCompass to conduct a landscape analysis of technologies, actors, innovations, and trends in technology-enabled SHGs.
The Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation Phase IV project is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s flagship mechanism for strengthening health information systems in more than 30 developing countries. USAID/Washington contracted EnCompass to conduct a midterm performance evaluation of MEASURE Evaluation to examine how effective the project has been in meeting key stakeholders’ needs.
EnCompass conducted an external performance evaluation of Empowering Girls through Education and Health (ASPIRE), a 4-year USAID activity implemented by Save the Children in Malawi. ASPIRE, which began in 2014, aims to improve girls’ academic achievement and empowerment through innovative, cross-sectoral interventions addressing education, health, and structural and cultural factors that influence girls’ performance. ASPIRE will reach 182,000 girls aged 10 to 19.
In this expanded role under USAID’s AIDSFree program, EnCompass provides technical assistance to USAID’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs. VMMC is a highly effective procedure in reducing the spread of HIV and increasing the accessibility of HIV testing services for males.
EnCompass conducted the midterm evaluation of USC Canada’s Seeds of Survival program. USC Canada promotes vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world, by focusing on activities that build food and livelihood security for small-scale farmers, and preserve the agricultural biodiversity necessary to feeding a growing and changing planet. Its core program, Seeds of Survival, works in partnerships with farming communities in 12 countries around the world.
EnCompass supports the MacArthur Foundation’s Big Bet On Nigeria program as its Evaluation and Learning partner. The On Nigeria program focuses on reducing corruption in the country by encouraging accountability, transparency, and good governance in many sectors of society, including electricity distribution, universal basic education, home grown school feeding, criminal justice, and media and journalism.
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 Southeast Asia. EnCompass helped the Foundation refine the program’s theory of change and formalize a robust monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan.
EnCompass co-facilitated a skills-based, practical training course providing USAID staff with guidance on implementing the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, in order to identify best practices and lessons learned in integrating gender considerations across USAID’s Program Cycle.
EnCompass is responsible for multiple capacity building activities for the Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) II program. Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is a highly effective tool in reducing malaria transmission. This program is part of the President's Malaria Initiative, which helps 19 host-countries in Africa and one region in Southeast Asia implement IRS programs and assess their effectiveness.
EnCompass served as an evaluation partner for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Maternal Health Accountability Grants in Nigeria as part of its Population and Reproductive Health Programs since 2013.