This paper advocates for the creation of an overall evaluation plan— or “evaluation system” — for all nonprofit organization programs. Such an evaluation plan would aim to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations implementing social programs by enabling them to learn from their experience, strengthen partnerships, and promote strategic thinking in their organizations.
This briefing provides a summary of the findings laid out in the comprehensive review of community schools in Zambia, which provides an in-depth review of community schools, as they exist today, through the lens of two key questions:
While a number of studies have examined community schools in Zambia, there has not been a comprehensive overview since 2006. Many of these studies focus on a narrow topic within the field of community schools, or have small sample sizes that impede the ability to generalize broadly. Consequently, there is a need to synthesize findings across studies and data sources in order to present an accurate “big picture” and summarize the most important factors that will have bearing on current and future community school initiatives.
Administrator Gayle Smith suggests that we live in a time of extraordinary development achievements and gains, and as such we need to be flexible and turn all available resources to the advantage of producing better development results. With that in mind, the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) convened development partners on June 2 to explore how to best leverage evidence, innovation, and partnerships.
As part of the program to monitor USAID activities in northern Afghanistan, EnCompass is subcontracting to MSI to provide technical assistance on gender sensitive monitoring and verification tools as well as designing and delivering training to local partners on the USAID gender policy requirements. EnCompass conducted an analysis of implementing partners’ knowledge of USAID policy and conducted a training for staff and data collectors to prepare for gender sensitive monitoring and verification processes.
Under the ADVANTAGE IDIQ, EnCompass is providing training and technical support to help integrate USAID gender policy into programs and into all elements of the program cycle for the USAID Missions in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Through the ADVANTAGE IDIQ, EnCompass conducted an assessment of the extent to which the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy has been implemented in USAID programs. The evaluation team identified successes and challenges encountered in implementing the Policy, gathered information about the impact of the Policy on USAID’s programming and development results, and identified gaps and lessons learned.