Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

The Malawi Girls’ Empowerment through Education and Health Activity (ASPIRE) is a 4-year, $16.2 million, USAID activity implemented by Save the Children and three partners, designed to support the Government of Malawi to improve girls’ achievement in upper primary and secondary school, and ultimately, girls’ empowerment. ASPIRE has three outputs:

The Malawi Girls’ Empowerment through Education and Health Activity (ASPIRE) is a 4-year, $16.2 million, USAID activity implemented by Save the Children and three partners designed to support the Government of Malawi to improve girls’ achievement in upper primary and secondary school, and ultimately, girls’ empowerment. ASPIRE has three outputs:

Tessie at NIH

Evaluation management is an essential competency for evaluators, evaluation team leaders, and commissioners of evaluation, often embedded in other evaluation courses. I’ve been teaching evaluation management as part of courses on developing a theory of change, reframing evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry, gender-responsive evaluation, and other topics. Today, I invite us to think about the intersection of good management and good evaluation, because both are essential to the success of any evaluation. 

Malawian girls going to school

EnCompass conducted an external performance evaluation of The Malawi Girls’ Empowerment through Education and Health Activity (ASPIRE), a 4-year USAID activity implemented by Save the Children. ASPIRE, which began in 2014, aims to improve girls’ academic achievement and empowerment through innovative, cross-sectoral interventions addressing education, health, and structural and cultural factors that influence girls’ performance. ASPIRE will reach 182,000 girls aged 10 to 19.

African farmers harvesting crops

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

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ASPIRE is a 4-year, $16.2 million, USAID activity implemented by Save the Children and three partners, including EnCompass. ASPIRE has three outputs:

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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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