ICT

This brief illustrates EnCompass' evaluation of the Save the Children in Bangladesh and IREX's partnership under the Beyond Access initiative to modernize libraries across Bangladesh. This effort has turned over 20 libraries across the country into community hubs, providing a safe space for children to learn outside of school.

EnCompass conducted a two-phase evaluation using a mixed-methods approach from 2015-2016. EnCompass conducted key informant interviews and focus groups to capture qualitative data for this project. 

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The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) works to ensure that libraries have a voice in information policy debates, and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public. After adopting a new strategic plan, OITP asked EnCompass to help design and develop a monitoring system that would assess progress against the new strategic goals. 

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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. EnCompass conducted interviews and focus groups and evaluated quantitative project monitoring data in this project. 

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The Center for Digital Development (CDD) team at USAID catalyzes programs and partnerships in digital finance, access to digital- and mobile-based information and services, and the use of digital devices to improve decision making. CDD contracted EnCompass to conduct a performance evaluation of two of their programs to identify accomplishments, performance issues, lessons learned, and implementation constraints from their inception until February 2017.

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Co-written with Jaime L. Jarvis

How do project implementers design an intervention in a dynamic environment, when they don’t know how beneficiaries will respond? And how do evaluators design a flexible process to get decision-makers the information they need, when the theory of change is participant-driven and activities involve substantial grassroots initiative? One recent EnCompass evaluation explores these questions—with exciting results.

Isolated for decades, Myanmar (Burma) is in the midst of a political and economic transition. As part of that transition, the Internet is opening the doors to uncensored information for the first time—with incredible speed.

This blog post was written in collaboration with Forum One in support of our USAID TASC4 ICT for Health contract.

At EnCompass, we believe in the power of technology- to connect people, to promote progress, and to improve communities. In order to share our knowledge and lessons learned, we recently launched a web series focused on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for health. Each month, we present a new topic designed to help health experts in the field better leverage technology for improved project outcomes.

Photo: © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank (via Creative Commons)

Everyone seems to be talking about “mobile health”, or mHealth, and exalting the power of ICT for health. Somehow, it seems that if we are not incorporating ICT in our health programs today, we have missed the train to successful health outcomes. So, after a three-year wait for USAID’s decision, I find myself as the manager of a newly-won TASC4-ICT for Health umbrella contract, or prequalification, for USAID. EnCompass is the prime contractor, and leads a partnership of superstar organizations that represent ICT excellence.

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EnCompass conducted an evaluation of this community development initiative, which pulls together the intellectual capital of the private sector through skills-based volunteer engagements to increase the scale, sustainability, and impact of microfinance and technology solutions to alleviate poverty.  The objective of the evaluation was for the Foundation to learn from its past efforts and to help it restructure the program strategy moving forward.

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The Gates Foundation Global Libraries (GL) Program aims to build strong and healthy communities, businesses, and learning environments in developing countries around the world by providing free access to computers and the internet in public libraries. EnCompass provided capacity building assistance to grantees of the program, and delivered customized support to country grantees' impact evaluation teams. Activities included: developing and delivering training in M&E best practices, training for impact data collection and analysis, and technical assistance on communicating results.

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