Evaluation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funds a portfolio of seven 3-year grants in Nigeria focused on government accountability to maternal and reproductive health. Awarded in 2013, the portfolio focuses on four accountability strategies–budget analysis, community mobilization, legal approaches, and maternal death audits–spans three government levels (federal, state, local), 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and five geopolitical zones. You can find more information about the project at this link.

This midline evaluation builds upon the...

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This brief illustrates EnCompass' evaluation of the Beyond Access and Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF) partnership with IREX to enhance access to technology in libraries across Myanmar. As of 2016, 90 locations have been transformed into technology hubs and community centers for learning digital skills. EnCompass conducted this evaluation in two phases using a mixed-methods approach from 2015-2016. EnCompss conducted interviews and focus groups and evaluated quantitative project monitoring data in this project. 

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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

The reports provide a background of each country’s status prior to the start of SNL and summarize progress made between 2000 and 2010, using SNL’s “pathway to effective coverage” as a framework. The reports compare the current status of newborn care in the two countries, factors affecting progress, and what role SNL played in...

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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

The reports provide a background of each country’s status prior to the start of SNL and summarize progress made between 2000 and 2010, using SNL’s “pathway to effective coverage” as a framework. The reports compare the current status of newborn care in the two countries, factors affecting progress, and what role SNL played in...

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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

The reports provide a background of each country’s status prior to the start of SNL and summarize progress made between 2000 and 2010, using SNL’s “pathway to effective coverage” as a framework. The reports compare the current status of newborn care in the two countries, factors affecting progress, and what role SNL played in...

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Cover page for Evaluating Our Way to Smarter Organizations

This paper advocates for the creation of an overall evaluation plan— or “evaluation system” — for all nonprofit organization programs. Such an evaluation plan would aim to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations implementing social programs by enabling them to learn from their experience, strengthen partnerships, and promote strategic thinking in their organizations. Through evaluation, organizations implementing social programs can become more effective in their own work, and also present clearer and more persuasive evidence of their effectiveness (“tell their story”) for solving social problems. By embedding evaluation in the work of nonprofit organizations, social programs will become more effective in serving the public, and bringing about social benefits, social empowerment...

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USAID Honduras GBV Study Report Cover showing a data collector interviewing a Honduran woman

The Gender-based Violence (GBV) Analysis for USAID/Honduras was conducted between August and December 2015 by a four-person technical team. Specific objectives of the GBV Analysis included:

  1. Complete time-sensitive primary research in the field, relying on research methodologies, such as survey research, focus groups, individual interviews, and other methods as appropriate, in order to identify and analyze the most common forms, incidence, and causes of GBV in target communities.
  2. Make recommendations for strategic investments by USAID/Honduras that would potentially decrease levels of GBV.
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Cover of "Community Schools in Zambia: Stakeholder Briefing" including title, introductory text, and graphics

This briefing provides a summary of the findings laid out in the comprehensive review of community schools in Zambia, which provides an in-depth review of community schools, as they exist today, through the lens of two key questions:

  1. What common factors characterize community schools as compared to the other three types of schools in Zambia?
  2. To what extent do these unique community school factors support or hinder learning?

To access the full study, see Ensuring Inclusive and Quality Education for All: A Comprehensive Review of Community Schools in Zambia.

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Cover page of the comprehensive review of Community schools in Zambia showing the title, table of contents, and first page of text

While a number of studies have examined community schools in Zambia, there has not been a comprehensive overview since 2006. Many of these studies focus on a narrow topic within the field of community schools, or have small sample sizes that impede the ability to generalize broadly. Consequently, there is a need to synthesize findings across studies and data sources in order to present an accurate “big picture” and summarize the most important factors that will have bearing on current and future community school initiatives.

This study provides in-depth review of community schools, as they exist today, through the lens of two key questions:

  1. What common factors characterize community schools as compared to the other three types of schools in Zambia?
  2. To...
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USAID GEFE Implementation Report Cover

In March 2012, USAID issued an updated, expanded Gender Equality and Female Empowerment (GE/FE) Policy designed “to improve the lives of citizens around the world by advancing equality between females and males, and empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from the development of their societies.” 

The GE/FE Policy includes a requirement for USAID to “assess the implementation” of the Policy in 2015. The USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) contracted EnCompass LLC to carry out portions of this assessment (see Annex 1 for Statement of Work). This assessment report will be combined with two other PPL reports on gender integration in CDCSs and Project Appraisal Documents (PADs) to yield a final composite GE/FE Policy Assessment report...

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