EnCompass Learning Center

Is your organization working toward solving today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges? Do your team members have the skills they need to lead the way?

Our mission at the EnCompass Learning Center (ELC) is help strengthen communities and organizations through the use of evidence, learning and leadership development. We are here to help governments, development partners, communities and organizations address key issues of the 21st century including hunger, political instability, environmental degradation, migration, and social inequality. Let us develop one of our blended learning programs specifically customized for your organization’s needs.  Whether that’s a virtual webinar series, single day onsite workshop, or a comprehensive series of workshops designed for your entire organization, the EnCompass Learning Center is here to help.

To learn more about our offerings, and connect with our director Beeta Tahmassebi, send an email to learningcenter@encompassworld.com or call us at 301-287-8715. We look forward to working with you.

Here are just some of our key course offerings, and yes, you can always mix and match.

Organizational Development

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Innovative and Systematic Thinking

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

This course uses a powerful tool for systematic thinking and decision making.  The ‘Six Thinking Hats’ (Edward de Bono) is an important technique for looking at decisions from a number of important perspectives by forcing you to move outside your habitual thinking style and to get a more rounded view of a situation. Six Thinking Hats allows necessary emotion and skepticism to be brought into what would otherwise be purely rational decisions. The technique also helps persistently pessimistic people to be positive and creative. Plans developed using the ‘6 Thinking Hats’ technique will be sounder and more resilient than would otherwise be the case.

Managing Change

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

This course explores the effects of transitions on the morale and productivity of staff members. Drawing on their own experiences and key leadership concepts introduced throughout the course, participants envision their accomplishments in six months and develop personal action plans, as well as the next steps in building and nurturing a learning organization. 

Effective Team Management

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

This course covers essential elements for effective teams–ground rules, agenda, evaluation, group task and maintenance functions, stages of group development, and climate assessment through interactive exercises and group discussion. The emphasis is on application to current job responsibilities. Participants receive extensive printed materials for on-the-job reference.

Managing Virtual Teams

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

This practical course is for government professionals who are leading or working in virtual teams. Participants will build understanding of the challenges of leading and communicating in international virtual teams, identify best practice in key areas of virtual team work, and develop the knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to achieve results.

Developing a Coaching Culture

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Coaching skills are essential for managers and supervisors both for communicating with clients and staff. This workshop will demonstrate the added value of a coaching approach to achieving greater understanding and improvement in the workplace. Participants will practice coaching skills in different situations, and understand how to incorporate coaching practices in their work.

Leadership and Management Development

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Leadership Learning Program

5-day in person with 2 trainers

This dynamic, experiential program covers introduction to leadership styles, emotional intelligence, building effective teams, supporting innovation and managing change. Course includes 4 hours of follow-on coaching for each of the 25 participants, plus a 360 Assessment. 

Effective Supervision I

5-day in person with 2 trainers

This workshop will provide new supervisors with the foundational skills they need for effective performance management, such as creating clear, cascading goals, conducting regular constructive feedback and coaching, following guidelines for dealing with performance/conduct issues, and conducting performance reviews.

Effective Supervision II

5-day in person with 2 trainers

This workshop provides experienced supervisors with personal development and new skills in effective supervision and building effective teams. It will cover a personal vision of supervision excellence, effective onboarding, managing staff development, diversity as a strength in teams, providing feedback, and managing separation effectively.

Managing with Emotional Intelligence

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Research shows that IQ and technical skills are only half as important as your emotional intelligence in predicting your success or failure as a leader.  Perhaps the most important factor in developing strong supervisory or managerial skills is emotional intelligence. This short course guides participants to gain more self-awareness about their strengths and areas of improvement as well as the choices they make in their dealings with others. 

Working across Cultures

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

It is critically important that U.S. staff living and/or working in international contexts bring a nuanced understanding of culture–their own and the culture(s) in which they are working. This highly-experiential course guides participants to 1) Examine personal assumptions and biases regarding one’s own culture; 2) Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in dealing with change and new situations; 3) Describe and solve some common cross cultural conundrums occurring in the context of working overseas 4) Develop a plan for dealing with “culture shock” upon arrival overseas.

Monitoring and Evaluation

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Appreciative Evaluation

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

This workshop will demonstrate how to incorporate Appreciative Inquiry into evaluation including adopting an appreciative lens, incorporating the systematic study of successful experience into evaluation, honoring different voices in evaluation, and facilitating stakeholders to explore common ground through the evaluation. All evaluations would benefit from incorporating an appreciative element in their designs.

Developing a Program Theory of Change

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Managers and leaders can greatly benefit from developing clear theories of change for their programs, which they can be used in management, monitoring and evaluation. This workshop walk participants through a methodology that will enable them to create strategic “maps” of their programs that clarify the program’s beneficiaries and stakeholders, the desirable outcomes targeted, and the assumptions behind the program’s design.

Gender-Responsive Evaluation

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Incorporating a gender lens into evaluation is essential, else evaluators will likely miss key differences in norms, roles and access to resources and power between men, women and the LGBTIQ community that will blindside their evaluation. This practical course will share three key strategies that all evaluators can use to improve the “gender competence” of their evaluations.

Creative Reporting and Data Visualization

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Effective Communication

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Good interpersonal skills are fundamental to good management and establishing a positive work culture. This workshop will guide participants in enhancing their communication styles in the context of their role in the organization. They will develop a comprehensive self-awareness of their style, and internalize the learning through a variety of questionnaires, exercises and small and large group discussions. 

Data Visualization Jumpstart

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Practical tips and techniques to help you boost the impact of your reporting using the software already on your computer.  Participants will learn approaches to choosing the right charts, how to boost engagement through design, get hands on practical experience creating charts and graphs in Excel, and how to build infographics in PowerPoint.

Creative Reporting

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

It’s time to stop thinking of report design as a challenge, but as a series of opportunities. Standard reports are information rich and offer a fantastic opportunity to reach and engage a larger audience with just a small amount of extra effort. In this practical session, participants will learn how to adapt traditional reports into a variety of different creative formats including social media featured images, briefers, slide docs, infographics, videos, comics, blog posts, and digital multimedia reports. This workshiop covers different types of formats (reports, briefers, videos, cartoons, data viz, presentations) and how to choose what works best for a given audience, how to focus on key messages, how to present the content in ways that visually compelling and encourage up-take, etc.

Transform Your PowerPoints

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

No more unclear, boarding graphics. This workshop will train participants to plan graphics for understanding, and use easy strategies to create clear, aesthetically pleasing graphics.

Talk Like TED

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

No more boring presentations. This workshop will train participants to improve their presentations, so their audience remains engaged, and remembers their content. The workshop will cover planning, drafting, and delivering effective presentations.

Human-Centered Data Design

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Learn how integrating human centered and user experience design methodologies into your data communication design process can boost engagement and reach.  In this session participants will learn how to use user testing to increase a report’s value, rapid prototype and validate dashboard concepts, mood board and iterate initial data visualization designs, support model or theory of change building with the help of card sorts, and increase their overall understanding of audience needs using evidence informed avatars and journey maps.

Tableau Data Visualization Crash Course

2-days in person, or six 90-min online deliveries

So you downloaded Tableau…now what?  In this two day course participants will dive right into Tableau and learn how to get the most from the tool in the least amount of time.  Participants will get hands on experience developing simple but effective one-filter dashboards, choosing the right interactive charts, deconstructing sample workbooks, restructuring data to increase visual opportunities, and other interactive design techniques geared towards sharing more data with less confusion.

Gender and Inclusive Development

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Conducting a Gender Analysis

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Many programs and organizations are required to conduct gender analysis as part of their design. This practical workshop will go through a systematic methodology for examining the differences in roles and norms for women and men, girls and boys; the different levels of power they hold; their differing needs, constraints, and opportunities; and the impact of these differences in their lives.

Building a Gender-Competent Workplace

1-day in person, or three 90-min online deliveries

Are you aware of the impact of gender in your workplace? Are you sensitive to the unique needs of those you work with? What practical steps might you take towards a gender competent workplace? This highly participatory course invites you to explore gender in the workplace, including the impact of gender roles and gender identity, and specific steps to develop a workplace grounded in dignity and inclusion. Using short case studies, a fishbowl activity, and a multi-generational analysis, particpiants are guided to deepen their understanding of gender in their own lives and in the lives of their colleagues.

Evaluating with a Gender and Social Inclusion Lens

5-day in person with 2 trainers

Evaluators aim to conduct data-based inquiries that are thorough, methodical, and contextually relevant; honor the dignity and well-being of individuals and groups; and contribute to the common good. Using approaches like Appreciative Inquiry and expert facilitation, this workshop will demonstrate constructive ways to seek common ground, build on positive findings, embrace conflict and negative findings, encourage listening to all voices, and incorporate an equity and gender equality lens in evaluation. Through systematic and authentic consultation with key stakeholders, and use of culture-competent methods to reduce bias and engage stakeholders—especially those marginalized—, evaluations can become instruments for learning and increased effectiveness in service of the common good.

Gender Integration and Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response

5-day in person with 2 trainers

This engaging, experiential course teaches participants basic gender concepts, focuses on developing programs through robust gender analysis, highlights the impact of gender-based violence (GBV) across a number of sectors, and suggests opportunities for preventing and responding to GBV. This practical workshop will share a systematic methodology for examining the differences in roles and norms for women and men, girls and boys across five gender analysis domains: 1) laws, policies, regulations, and institutional practices; 2) cultural norms and beliefs; 3) gender roles, responsibilities, and time use; 4) patterns of power and decision-making, and 5) access to and control over assets and resources. Participants will practice applying these concepts to program design.

To learn more, please contact our team at LearningCenter@EnCompassWorld.com. We look forward to working with you!