EnCompass Insights

April 25, 2018

Indoor Residual Spray operator in a room with "Love" written on the wall

A few years ago, I wrote about how EnCompass’ curriculum design and facilitation work on two USAID programs was helping equip Ugandans to win the fight against malaria. This is one of the most rewarding projects I have had the pleasure of being involved with, knowing our work was contributing to saving lives and changing the future for northern Uganda. 

As EnCompass recognizes World Malaria Day 2018, I’m excited to see signs that our capacity-building work with indoor residual spraying (IRS) teams continues to bear fruit. Uganda has joined the PMI VectorLink group of...

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April 04, 2018

Nina in front of conference sign

Innovating organizational excellence isn’t a catchphrase for EnCompass; it’s the ongoing journey and the ultimate goal. As innovators, we are at the forefront of aligning the latest research in adult education with the growing library of technologies available to support talented human beings contributing to their organizations in smarter ways.

Kai Kight, the first keynote speaker at the eLearning Guild’s 2018 Learning Solutions Conference & Expo, asked the 1,500 attendees to consider our role from the musician’s perspective:

“Mozart was a rebel, an inventor, an outcast. We do him a disservice to play his notes exactly as he wrote them. Instead, let’s compose our own. Because when a performer takes the music forward themselves,...

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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, 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 action...

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February 15, 2018

Tessie at NIH

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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