Sub-Saharan Africa

Mother and children on porch

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.

Resource Center Group photo

WHO established a Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help contain the tobacco epidemic in Africa.  EnCompass provided support to WHO in the selecting the host organization, Makerere University in Uganda, and assisted the new Centre in articulating a vision, as well as developing its business plan and a robust monitoring and evaluation system.

image of children in zambian community school

EnCompass worked to improve the evidence base for community school-based education in Zambia in order to ultimately improve early grade literacy. EnCompass built evaluation and research capacity of Zambian institutions, including the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education, Examinations Council of Zambia and institutions of higher learning, conducts evaluation and research, and provides technical expertise. EnCompass implemented baseline, midline, endline and two performance evaluations, and conducted case study research.

Women Selling Produce

EnCompass was the evaluation partner for this initiative that promotes increased, high-quality reporting on agriculture and rural development and gender equity in African newsrooms. Evaluation activities included: facilitating evaluation capacity-building sessions; developing evaluation plans for the duration of the project; and assessing effectiveness of in-house training activities, coverage of agriculture and women in selected media organizations in Africa, and the overall coordination and management of the project.

Gathering of men, West Africa

EnCompass conducted a mid-term evaluation of the Peace Through Development Program, which seeks to dissuade marginalized populations from joining extremist organizations by using community-based, youth-based, and media outreach efforts. The objective of the evaluation was to gain a deeper understanding of the counter-extremism initiatives that have been effective and to incorporate these findings into the next phase of the program. The evaluation included fieldwork in Chad and Niger.

image of two nurses

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.

Photo c/o USAID via Creative Commons

Girls Working in a Field

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.

Group of South Sudanese Trainees

EnCompass conducted an evaluation for the USIP that assessed the effectiveness of a program to train new South Sudanese diplomats, and to build capacity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do the training in the future.  Data collection in the field included interviews and focus groups with trainers, alumni, and government officials.

Photo c/o U.S. Institute of Peace via Creative Commons

Woman praying

EnCompass conducted a mid-term evaluation of LWR’s five-year strategic plan. The team analyzed the effectiveness of implementation and management of the plan, whether the staff embraces the plan, and the extent to which the plan reflects work being done in the field. The evaluation process included a staff survey, interviews, an appreciative workshop and virtual focus groups with field teams, conducted via Adobe Connect. The analysis used outcome mapping to assess LWR’s logic model and the cohesion of various plan components.

Botswana Youth

EnCompass provided technical assistance to the Government of Botswana’s Ministry of Education and Skills Development to support the implementation of a curriculum to build life skills for school-going youth. The curriculum, Living Skills for Life: Botswana’s Window of Hope, is part of a major HIV prevention effort that targets every primary and secondary school student in the country.

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