Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

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.

Photo of classroom setting

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.

Group of Hondurans Consulting a Map

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.

Photo of Southeast Asian group in a field

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.

First Page of Case Study

Time to Learn’s Case Study Series provides insight into best practices in the education of orphans and other vulnerable children in Zambia, including an emphasis on Zambia’s community schools. Designed for policymakers and program implementers, these case studies focus on key research priorities identified by stakeholders in Zambia’s educational sector, including government officials, academics, and civil society.

First Page of Case Study

Time to Learn’s Case Study Series provides insight into best practices in the education of orphans and other vulnerable children in Zambia, including an emphasis on Zambia’s community schools. Designed for policymakers and program implementers, these case studies focus on key research priorities identified by stakeholders in Zambia’s educational sector, including government officials, academics, and civil society.

Panelists at the International Republican Institute

EnCompass conducted an evaluation of the International Republican Institute's political party development program in Tunisia. The evaluation focused on the IRI’s contributions to improving internal party structures, party communication, constituent outreach, strategic planning, and campaign tactics. Data collection included in-country interviews and focus groups with IRI staff, as well as interviews with political party members in several regions across the country. Results of the evaluation will help to inform IRI’s strategy for the program moving forward.

Children on doorstep

Núcleo Ciência pela Infância is a collaborative initiative of six partners working to build the evidence base, disseminate findings, and prepare leaders to inform policy on early childhood development in Brazil. EnCompass completed an evaluation that explored the strengths, achievements, and challenges of the collaboration to inform its future directions.

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