Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

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.

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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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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 initiative-- funded by the Global Libraries Program-- to enhance access to technology in libraries across Myanmar. Implemented by the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF) and IREX, this initiative has transformed 90 locations throughout Myanmar 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.

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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.

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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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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

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