Learning and Capacity Strengthening

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In our ongoing efforts to model organizational excellence, EnCompass is dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, for our clients and as a company. Much of the current conversation considers these terms together, as “D&I.” But having a diverse workforce doesn’t automatically create an inclusive workplace; rather, inclusivity is a prerequisite before an organization can leverage its diversity. Grasping this relationship requires reflection and a deep understanding of these intertwined elements of organizational excellence.

participants at a UN Cares workshop.

This post was originally published on Devex.com, by Emma Smith. EnCompass worked with UN Cares to design the UN for All learning modules, piloted them, and then designed and delivered a Training of Trainers to prepare UN Cares facilitators to deliver the modules. EnCompass is proud to support the critically-important work of UN Cares through the UN for All initiative.

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EnCompass supports the MacArthur Foundation’s Big Bet On Nigeria program as its Evaluation and Learning partner. The On Nigeria program focuses on reducing corruption in the country by encouraging accountability, transparency, and good governance in many sectors of society, including electricity distribution, universal basic education, home grown school feeding, criminal justice, and media and journalism.

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funds a portfolio of seven 3-year grants in Nigeria focused on government accountability to maternal and reproductive health. Awarded in 2013, the portfolio focuses on four accountability strategies–budget analysis, community mobilization, legal approaches, and maternal death audits–spans three government levels (federal, state, local), 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and five geopolitical zones.

What is the future of evaluation in Africa? This is a question on many minds as evaluation professionals ponder global trends in their industry. Participants at the 2017 African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) International Conference in Kampala, Uganda, discussed cultural context at length and generally agreed that increasing African-led evaluations in Africa should be a priority. Kelsey Simmons, Evaluation Specialist at EnCompass, participated in these discussions, where she learned that EnCompass’ efforts to build a partner- or mentorship-style relationship with African evaluators in order to strengthen their capacity were both needed and appreciated.

We sat down with Kelsey upon her return to learn more about her experience at the AfrEA International conference.

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Under a five-year contract with USAID, EnCompass manages the Global Health Professional and Organizational Development (GHPOD) II program. GHPOD’s role is to provide professional and organizational development support to USAID’s health sector staff around the world to build their capacity to lead and manage health programs. Through the GHPOD mechanism, EnCompass provides a variety of training and learning programs to build capacity in technical areas, program management, leadership, personal and team effectiveness, retreats and strategic meetings, and staff performance management.

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The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) has been a leading provider of evaluation capacity building for more than 20 years. In 2016, EnCompass entered into an agreement with Claremont Graduate University (CGU) to manage TEI operations, including the planning and delivery of TEI programs around the world. TEI offers evaluation professionals training at all levels and all steps of the evaluation process. TEI courses are taught by leaders in the field, with courses offering technical rigor in evaluation methods and practice through participant-centered, adult-learning approaches.

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In its aim to end global hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) is striving to plan and commission independent, credible and useful evaluation evidence across the organization. With this in mind, WFP asked EnCompass to co-design and implement a comprehensive learning programme to build the capacity of all of its staff in evaluation principles and management. The Evaluation Learning Programme (EvalPro) targets all staff with the skills and knowledge they require to engage with or manage evaluations.

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The sound of a helicopter chop fills the room. The participants rush to the window of the hotel-meeting-turned-class-room to see who has arrived. They quickly realize it’s just the First Lady of Kenya dropping by to ensure that all is ready for the art exhibition being held at the hotel that evening. This is one of many unexpected and exciting moments that can happen during an overseas delivery of the USAID Programming Foreign Assistance course.

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This report summarizes an action planning meeting EnCompass designed and facilitated with the Tanzania police force to develop recommendations for the Police Gender and Children’s Desks’ 2017–2020 Action Plan. The meeting also built capacity on topics such leadership, women’s empowerment, and adherence to the Tanzania Police Force codes of conduct.

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