EnCompass, as a subcontractor to John Snow International, was responsible for policy, quality improvement, and development of e-learning packages in support of the AIDSTAR Program, a USAID mechanism to implement the US Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Through USAID/ASSIST, EnCompass helped build the capacity of host-country service delivery organizations in USAID-assisted countries to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of the health and family services they provide. USAID/ASSIST seeks to ensure the sustainability of these improvements by developing competencies and engaging with host-country governments at the policy level.
EnCompass conducted an evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF). MHTF serves as a space for convening, sharing information and knowledge, and developing mechanisms to promote and publicize findings in maternal health innovative models. The EnCompass-led evaluation:
ASIRT is an educational and advocacy organization that seeks to reduce traffic fatalities around the world, with extensive programs in Turkey and Kenya. EnCompass worked with ASIRT to develop a detailed strategic plan built on past successes to carry the organization into its next phase of organizational development.
EnCompass was an evaluation and learning partner for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program, a globally recognized leader in newborn health supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. SNL works in 18 countries to advocate for and bring high-impact newborn services and practices to scale. One of EnCompass’ responsibilities was to ensure that monitoring and evaluation approaches and activities consider the impacts of all global, regional, and national stakeholders.
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.