Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

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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.

This month, many individuals are seeking ways to be better allies by upholding and protecting the rights and dignity of friends, family members, and colleagues. But what does it mean for an organization to be an ally?

As we honor Pride Month at EnCompass, we have been reflecting on how our work supports dignity, security, rights, and inclusive human development. One recent example stands out.

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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.

Pride Flag

EnCompass is conducting a two-part evaluation of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) Global Equality Fund and the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program. Launched in 2011, The Global Equality Fund administers Dignity for All, which provides emergency assistance for LGBTI activists. The Fund also administers grants and engages in other efforts to support the LGBTI community, engaging in 80 programs in over 50 countries around the world.

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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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This brief illustrates EnCompass' evaluation of the Beyond Access and Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF) partnership with IREX to enhance access to technology in libraries across Myanmar. As of 2016, 90 locations have been transformed into technology hubs and community centers for learning digital skills. EnCompass conducted this evaluation in two phases using a mixed-methods approach from 2015-2016. EnCompss conducted interviews and focus groups and evaluated quantitative project monitoring data in this project. 

Children on a Cellphone

The Center for Digital Development (CDD) team at USAID catalyzes programs and partnerships in digital finance, access to digital- and mobile-based information and services, and the use of digital devices to improve decision making. CDD contracted EnCompass to conduct a performance evaluation of two of their programs to identify accomplishments, performance issues, lessons learned, and implementation constraints from their inception until February 2017.

Portrait of Woman

EnCompass conducted a corporate evaluation of UN Women’s Regional Architecture. UN Women’s mandate is to progress efficiently and effectively toward the goal of achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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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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