EnCompass designed and implemented the evaluation of the quality improvement methodology, the improvement collaboratives model. This innovative rapid improvement approach to healthcare planning and delivery is focused on monitoring, knowledge sharing, and the refinement of standards to address local operational obstacles. The evaluation team documented the collaboratives model in 14 countries as applied to maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and hospital-based pediatrics.
Recognizing that leadership is instrumental in achieving successful quality improvement (QI) initiatives, USAID’s Health Care Improvement Initiative attempted to clarify how leadership impacts QI program effectiveness. EnCompass conducted a study to identify the leadership traits and behaviors associated with effective and sustainable implementation of quality improvement in health care delivery in Honduras and Niger.
WHO established a Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help contain the tobacco epidemic in Africa. EnCompass provided support to WHO in selecting the host organization, Makerere University in Uganda, and assisted the new Centre in articulating a vision, as well as developing its business plan and a robust monitoring and evaluation system.
EnCompass evaluated the Country Response Information System version 3.0 (CRIS3), which is an electronic tool that enables national AIDS authorities to track their response to HIV/AIDS. The evaluation answered whether CRIS3 was an effective data management tool, what optimal support from the United Nations would be needed for countries and organizations using CRIS3, and what the role of the UN should be in supporting data management tools as part of national HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation systems.
EnCompass conducted an evaluation to help the Aspen Institute measure the impact of its Ministerial Leadership Initiative (MLI), which works to build the leadership capacity of senior teams from the Ministries of Health in Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Sierra Leone to advance health reforms and more effectively carry out global health initiatives. The evaluation reviewed the initiative’s leadership and peer coaching models as applied to equity financing, donor harmonization, and reproductive health.
EnCompass designed and implemented 17 field-based studies to understand and document costs, and to assess and improve the cost-effectiveness of specific quality improvement approaches and methodologies applied by improvement collaboratives in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Studies focus on HIV/AIDS and maternal, child, and neonatal health initiatives.
USAID launched this evaluation to determine the long-term success of the Caribbean Regional Program. EnCompass analyzed whether the program is helping countries reach a sustainable national HIV program model; identified key factors contributing to or impeding project results; and, made recommendations for program adjustments. EnCompass utilized existing quantitative data and collected primary qualitative data using a desk review, interviews with interagency teams and in-country counterparts, and field visits to five countries.
EnCompass was a subcontractor to John Snow, Inc. for the AIDS Support and Technical Assistance Resources Program Task Order 1 (AIDSTAR-One), a mechanism to implement the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The AIDSTAR-One Project focused on HIV prevention, care, and treatment. EnCompass provided expertise in quality improvement, cost-effectiveness, policy, and gender equality.
EnCompass designed and facilitated a one-day planning retreat in Washington, D.C., to help the newly formed Disease Control Program develop a shared vision and core services, strengthen cohesion, define internal processes for monitoring its scope of work, and draft work objectives. In consultation with the World Bank, EnCompass also developed a report that captured the key outcomes of the retreat. The report included draft work and operational plans, as well as roles and responsibilities for the program team.
EnCompass designed and facilitated a consultation in Tunisia that brought together 65 people from 11 countries whose proposals had failed to secure HIV funding from the Global Fund. The objective was to ensure that countries are able to develop quality HIV proposals. EnCompass conducted a study to identify key elements hindering successful proposals. The following year, EnCompass assessed how the participants had used what they learned, finding that 75% of the participants who applied in the next proposal round were successful.