Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

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EnCompass conducted the midterm evaluation of USC Canada’s Seeds of Survival program. USC Canada promotes vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world, by focusing on activities that build food and livelihood security for small-scale farmers, and preserve the agricultural biodiversity necessary to feeding a growing and changing planet. Its core program, Seeds of Survival, works in partnerships with farming communities in 12 countries around the world.

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EnCompass conducted an assessment of knowledge management processes at Mercy Corps, an NGO dedicated to alleviating suffering, poverty, and oppression through development of secure, productive, and just communities worldwide.

Co-written by Sabine Topolansky and Jaime Jarvis

This year has been filled with stories of disasters—evacuations due to flooding and volcanic activity in Indonesia, historic drought and severe food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, hurricanes devastating the islands of the Caribbean, and fires swallowing whole communities across the northwestern United States.

This brief illustrates EnCompass' evaluation of the Save the Children in Bangladesh and IREX's partnership under the Beyond Access initiative to modernize libraries across Bangladesh. This effort has turned over 20 libraries across the country into community hubs, providing a safe space for children to learn outside of school.

EnCompass conducted a two-phase evaluation using a mixed-methods approach from 2015-2016. EnCompass conducted key informant interviews and focus groups to capture qualitative data for this project. 

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The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) works to ensure that libraries have a voice in information policy debates, and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public. After adopting a new strategic plan, OITP asked EnCompass to help design and develop a monitoring system that would assess progress against the new strategic goals. 

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Community health workers (CHWs), and the barriers they face in providing services, have been studied extensively. Less examined is how CHWs respond to these barriers. The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project conducted a qualitative study of the challenges and opportunities Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in India encounter and how they respond.

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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.

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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In 2011, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) launched the Global Equality Fund, which supports human rights defenders and civil society activists on several levels. Through the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance program, the Global Fund provides emergency assistance for activists under threat, and additional support to build security and resilience of advocacy organizations working on a wide range of LGBTI issues. 

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