Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

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Part of USAID/Zambia’s education portfolio, the Time to Learn (TTL) project is a 5-year (2012-2017), USAID-funded project that collaborates with the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training, and Early Education (MESVTEE). The project seeks to improve reading among 500,000 primary grade learners by 2017 in all community schools in six of Zambia’s 10 provinces and increase equitable education services for orphans and vulnerable children in secondary schools in these provinces.

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This internal midline impact evaluation was conducted as part of USAID's Time to Learn (TTL) project.  

This blog post was originally published by the USAID Assist Project.

As we work toward ending the global HIV epidemic by the year 2030, optimizing the health workforce has never been more important. PEPFAR 3.0 directs investment to target regions and services to achieve epidemic control. Yet, as countries strive to achieve more with less, what activities and approaches will best support and enable increased utilization of the existing health workforce to deliver and sustain quality HIV/AIDS services?

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In 2001, UNAIDS was mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to support countries in monitoring progress in the Global AIDS Response and to report back on progress to the General Assembly. Progress has been measured against a set of 2010 and 2015 targets, based on a global monitoring framework which draws on a global indicator set.

Primary level students in a rural Zambian community school (c/o Zachariah Falconer-Stout)

The USAID Education Strategy approaches education as both foundational to human development and critically linked to economic growth and democratic governance. Education raises individual incomes and improves health outcomes. Access to education is a crucial precondition to educational impact, but what matters most thereafter is the quality of education. Recognizing these important links to other powerful drivers of development, EnCompass has recently developed a number of resources focused on practical solutions and innovative approaches in education that empower girls and boys to create a better future in all countries.

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The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) at Carleton University contracted EnCompass to perform a strategic review. This evaluation served as a tool to help IPDET assess the relevance and sustainability of its current program, as well as to inform future strategy so that IPDET will be highly relevant to the needs of its intended audiences, effective in its delivery, and competitive in terms of its pricing. This evaluation used an iterative method of data collection through document review, semi-structured interviews, online surveys, and landscape analysis.

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Under the USAID ADVANTAGE IDIQ, EnCompass and consortia partner Counterpart International worked with USAID/Honduras to produce an in-depth analysis of GBV issues to inform the Mission’s development objective of increasing citizen security for vulnerable populations in urban, high-crime areas.  EnCompass conducted primary research in the field, including survey research, focus groups, and individual interviews to identify and analyze the most common forms, incidences, and causes of GBV in target communities, wit

This guest post was written by Christy Allison and Maria Brindlmayer of JBS International, Inc. JBS is an EnCompass partner on the USAID Evaluation Services IDIQ contract.

We often hear the term “value engineering” in reference to health care or the construction industry. While the term has sometimes seemed synonymous with cost cutting, at its heart, value-engineering is meant to enhance the value of a product, system or service by taking a function-oriented, systematic, team approach that results in the biggest bang for money spent.

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EnCompass worked collaboratively with the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to support their Relief and Resilience International Program. This program is focused on the community level, supporting vulnerable populations in low-attention disasters, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation in the Sahel, Central America, and South and Southeast Asia. EnCompass helped the Foundation refine the program’s theory of change and formalize a robust monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan.

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