Appreciative Inquiry

Portrait of Woman

EnCompass conducted a corporate evaluation of UN Women’s Regional Architecture. UN Women’s mandate is to progress efficiently and effectively toward the goal of achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Primary level students in a rural Zambian community school (c/o Zachariah Falconer-Stout)

The USAID Education Strategy approaches education as both foundational to human development and critically linked to economic growth and democratic governance. Education raises individual incomes and improves health outcomes. Access to education is a crucial precondition to educational impact, but what matters most thereafter is the quality of education. Recognizing these important links to other powerful drivers of development, EnCompass has recently developed a number of resources focused on practical solutions and innovative approaches in education that empower girls and boys to create a better future in all countries.

Grantees developing evaluation questions using a facilitation technique called Brainwriting.

Written by Jonathan Jones

Michael Quinn Patton’s publication, Utilization-Focused Evaluation, catalyzed a discussion on evaluation use that has continued for over 30 years. The first step in operationalizing this discussion is to glean the priorities of the client and evaluands in the design process. Fully understanding and eliciting their priorities can be done in a creative, respectful, and fun way that is rewarding for all involved- and that’s exactly what we set out to do for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Image of trainees at workshop

Under subcontract to Business Community Synergies, EnCompass designed and facilitated a five-day training course for USAID Education Sector staff in effectively implementing new USAID policies and a new program design cycle.  Sessions were interactive and included a simulation, small group strategy huddles, best practice case studies, and an appreciative exploration of participants’ own experiences.  The community of practice that followed the course included targeted virtual sessions, as well as custom-design performance support tools.

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.

Election Official in Afghanistan

A grantee of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), FEFA is an independent, nonpartisan Institution working to ensure that all democratic processes are implemented transparently through networking, citizen participation, and good governance. EnCompass assessed FEFA's program management, administrative and financial capacities, and offered recommendations for future organizational strengthening. EnCompass used an appreciative evaluation process that included individual stakeholder interviews and group visioning discussions.

Undertone Employees

As part of the learning strategy to develop a common management culture, EnCompass designed and delivered a series of workshops addressing communication skills for managers. Participants practiced active listening skills, and learned how to use a feedback model and an approach for conducting coaching conversations. They also explored probing techniques related to Appreciative Inquiry and advocacy.

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