Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

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EnCompass conducted a mid-term evaluation of a three-year, USDA-funded agricultural development program in Afghanistan called Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI). Working in Kabul, Takhar, and Balkh, the evaluation team gathered data through one-on-one meetings, focus groups, site visits to assess all aspects of this value chain project from monetization procedures to road construction to processing operations to micro-credit and consumer training.

Infant Health Check Up

EnCompass designed and implemented the evaluation of the quality improvement methodology, the improvement collaboratives model. This innovative rapid improvement approach to healthcare planning and delivery is focused on monitoring, knowledge sharing, and the refinement of standards to address local operational obstacles. The evaluation team documented the collaboratives model in 14 countries as applied to maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and hospital-based pediatrics.

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WHO established a Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help contain the tobacco epidemic in Africa. EnCompass provided support to WHO in selecting the host organization, Makerere University in Uganda, and assisted the new Centre in articulating a vision, as well as developing its business plan and a robust monitoring and evaluation system.

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EnCompass worked to strengthen the evidence base for community school-based education in Zambia in order to ultimately improve early grade literacy. EnCompass built evaluation and research capacity of Zambian institutions, including the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education, Examinations Council of Zambia and institutions of higher learning, conducts evaluation and research, and provides technical expertise. EnCompass implemented baseline, midline, endline and two performance evaluations, and conducted case study research.

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EnCompass evaluated the Country Response Information System version 3.0 (CRIS3), which is an electronic tool that enables national AIDS authorities to track their response to HIV/AIDS. The evaluation answered whether CRIS3 was an effective data management tool, what optimal support from the United Nations would be needed for countries and organizations using CRIS3, and what the role of the UN should be in supporting data management tools as part of national HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation systems.

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EnCompass conducted an evaluation to help the Aspen Institute measure the impact of its Ministerial Leadership Initiative (MLI), which works to build the leadership capacity of senior teams from the Ministries of Health in Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Sierra Leone to advance health reforms and more effectively carry out global health initiatives. The evaluation reviewed the initiative’s leadership and peer coaching models as applied to equity financing, donor harmonization, and reproductive health.

Women Selling Produce

EnCompass was the evaluation partner for this initiative that promotes increased, high-quality reporting on agriculture, rural development, and gender equity in African newsrooms. Evaluation activities included facilitating evaluation capacity-building sessions and developing evaluation plans for the duration of the project. EnCompass also assessed the effectiveness of in-house training activities, coverage of agriculture and women in selected media organizations in Africa, and the overall coordination and management of the project.

Gathering of men, West Africa

EnCompass conducted a mid-term evaluation of the Peace Through Development Program, which seeks to dissuade marginalized populations from joining extremist organizations by using community-based, youth-based, and media outreach efforts. The objective of the evaluation was to gain a deeper understanding of the counter-extremism initiatives that have been effective and to incorporate these findings into the next phase of the program. The evaluation included fieldwork in Chad and Niger.

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EnCompass designed and implemented 17 field-based studies to understand and document costs, and to assess and improve the cost-effectiveness of specific quality improvement approaches and methodologies applied by improvement collaboratives in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Studies focus on HIV/AIDS and maternal, child, and neonatal health initiatives.

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USAID launched this evaluation to determine the long-term success of the Caribbean Regional Program. EnCompass analyzed whether the program is helping countries reach a sustainable national HIV program model; identified key factors contributing to or impeding project results; and, made recommendations for program adjustments. EnCompass utilized existing quantitative data and collected primary qualitative data using a desk review, interviews with interagency teams and in-country counterparts, and field visits to five countries.

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