Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

Panel members speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center Forum on the Federal Data Strategy

After an exciting and productive conference at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Nick Hart, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Evidence Project, invited AEA members to speak at a public forum on November 8 on the Federal Data Strategy and its draft practices.

A hand assembling a jigsaw puzzle

Typically, when you’re asked to conduct an evaluation, you start by looking at background documents to orient yourself to the project. But what if you don’t have this verbal or pictorial map? What’s your way forward?

Group of primary school aged girls in Malawi smiling

Think back to the last time your work was coming to an end on a large-scale evaluation. Recall how you worked so hard to generate recommendations grounded in evidence and rigorous analysis? And how you all knew the evaluation was going to be useful to a broad audience? 

children hiding behind a loom

In support of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), EnCompass and Social Impact have partnered to complete a baseline assessment of the United States–Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, implemented in collaboration with national ministries. 

laundry hanging to dry

It was Tuesday evening and the living room of the quaint older home in the city center was filled with a diverse and lively crowd. They had gathered to see each other and express their frustration and hardships through artistic expressions and spontaneous testimonials. A young man introduced himself, suggesting I should see another place where people had rediscovered a long-lost sense of freedom and empowerment.

The author with a small child in Zambia

My first experience in international development was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village in northern Zambia. During my two years as a health volunteer, I saw time and time again projects designed by “experts” in Washington, D.C., that failed in my small village. 

first page of MEASURE evaluation report

The Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation Phase IV project is the flagship mechanism for strengthening health information systems (HIS) in developing countries at the USAID Bureau of Global Health. EnCompass was contracted to conduct an evaluation of this mechanism. In this report, the evaluation team examines how effective the project has been in meeting key stakeholders’ needs.

southeast asian children on a boat

Under a blanket purchase agreement with the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, EnCompass is undertaking a complex, multi-stakeholder evaluation of a regional coordination body, developed by the International Labour Organization/Indonesia. This body works to reduce trafficking in persons within the fisheries industry among ten countries in Southeast Asia, and to include diverse actors including governments, civil society organizations, international buyers and retailers, workers and employers, and international agencies.

image of cuba flag

Through this multi-year contract, EnCompass is providing performance management technical support to the Office of Cuban Affairs in USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC/Cuba). The EnCompass team is supporting the office in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating, and learning from rigorous monitoring and evaluation of its assistance activities.

image of a library

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of U.S. federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. IMLS’ mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. To achieve its strategic goals, IMLS has created a Strategic Framework that will guide the agency in the next 5 years (2018–2022). 

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