EnCompass Insights

January 28, 2015

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.

One of those recent ICT webinars...

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November 07, 2014

As we have seen over and over again in research, there is a direct connection between gratitude and happiness. People who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits- physical, psychological, and social. They feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, are more productive, and even have stronger immune systems.

So...

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September 22, 2014

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. In this introductory post, let me convey the wisdom of the team: ICT indeed holds incredible potential for improving health outcomes; and, to unleash that potential, it...

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September 03, 2014

Tessie Catsambas being interviewed for Canal Futura's news report.

August 6th was the kick off date for a conference put together by leading private foundations in Brazil to address the role of evaluation in the social programs they fund.  The Conference, entitled Evaluation of Investment in the Social Private Sector: an Organizational Strategy, is part of a larger effort to embed evaluation in civil society in Brazil. The conference provided a forum to engage peer-to-peer exchanges and involve evaluation specialists in relevant discussions, and to build partnerships with new actors such as universities, the Brazilian evaluation sector, and others, to develop of the evaluation field in Brazil.

The event was sponsored by several important foundations including Fundação Itaú Social (a major bank in Brazil); Fundação...

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July 15, 2014

Kostas Hatzis 2010*

The European Evaluation Society (EES) has selected an inspiring topic for the upcoming EES 2014 Conference, “Evaluation for an Equitable Society,” because as evaluators we need to think about and discuss the role evaluation can play in equity, gender equality and social justice. So, I have been thinking about how I build equity in my own practice, the challenges I face, and the questions this raises for my own practice.

My reflection of issues of equity and social justice brought to mind an old favorite Greek song called “We, the humble people”. It is sung by Kostas Hatzis, and written by lyricist Sotia Tsotou, who has written several really powerful songs around issues of social justice. Hatzis was born in...

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