EnCompass Insights

March 08, 2018

Young Girl reading against stone wall

Lyn Messner and Priya Dhanani contributed to this post.

This is the story of Lerato, whose name means love. 

Lerato lived with her mother in an agricultural community in northern Lesotho. At age 17, Lerato was raped on her way home from school.

She told her mother what happened, but neither one knew where to start. A trusted community leader sent them to the health clinic, where the nurse turned them away, saying they needed official documentation of the assault. By the time she returned, Lerato no longer qualified for post-exposure prophylaxis or emergency contraception because...

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February 26, 2018

GHPOD II Staff conducting podcast interview

A major motivation in our global society’s social programs is building a better world. We want our policies, programs, evaluations, and actions to benefit the citizens of tomorrow. Young people are central stakeholders in development, domestically and internationally; we must therefore think seriously about the role youth should be playing in creating the solutions they and future generations will have to live with. 

A Valuable Perspective

Young people, being unencumbered by the experiences of the past, don’t marvel at new technology; they readily adopt it. They use mobile apps to share stories and transfer cash among friends. They don’t bat an eye at communities of practice that span continents, and they don’t see a face-to-face meeting as a prerequisite to...

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February 15, 2018

Tessie Catsambas at podium with NIH logo

Evaluation management is an essential competency for evaluators, evaluation team leaders, and commissioners of evaluation, often embedded in other evaluation courses. I’ve been teaching evaluation management as part of courses on developing a theory of change, reframing evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry, gender-responsive evaluation, and other topics. Today, I invite us to think about the intersection of good management and good evaluation, because both are essential to the success of any evaluation. 

I can hear your immediate question: What does evaluation success mean? Good question! It’s one I ask participants in evaluation management classes—most recently in the Evaluation Management and Oversight class I teach at The Evaluators’ Institute...

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December 08, 2017

UN Women Executive Director at Speaking event

This post was originally published on Medium.com, by UN Women's Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in a series of 16 blogs for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. EnCompass previously worked with UN Women to evaluate their regional architecture.

The initial response to the outpouring of ‘#MeToo’ around the world has been of outrage at the scale of sexual abuse and violence revealed. The millions of people joining the hashtag tide showed us how little they were heard before. They poured through the floodgate, opening up...

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November 07, 2017

Speaker in front of audience at Global Health Mini University

The George Washington University and USAID have partnered to host the annual Global Health Mini-University for 16 years running. Organized by USAID’s Global Health Professional and Organizational Development (GHPOD II) program, which EnCompass now leads, this annual forum educates participants about emerging and best practices in global health and brings together students, professionals, and experts for learning, engagement, and networking. The agenda for this year’s Mini-University, on September 14, included more than 60 sessions on 10 technical tracks, from maternal, neonatal, and child health to global health security. 

EnCompass is fortunate to...

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