EnCompass, as a subcontractor to John Snow International, was responsible for policy, quality improvement, and development of e-learning packages in support of the AIDSTAR Program, a USAID mechanism to implement the US Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Through USAID/ASSIST, EnCompass helps build the capacity of host-country service delivery organizations in USAID-assisted countries to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of the health and family services they provide. USAID/ASSIST seeks to ensure the sustainability of these improvements by developing competencies and engaging with host-country governments at the policy level.
EnCompass conducted a strategic evaluation of the African Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC) grant to the American Cancer Society. The evaluation provided a description of the project’s evolution, assessed the efficacy of the ATCC structure to achieve desired outcomes, and explored alternative strategies for future investments by the Gates Foundation in African civil society efforts in tobacco control.
EnCompass supported a key UN organization by facilitating meetings and events and conducting training of trainers. EnCompass facilitators provided design and delivery support to enable successful and effective meetings. The aim of this work was to help groups of staff and stakeholders work together to solve problems, discuss issues, plan and implement activities, build teams, make decisions, and manage change. EnCompass designed and delivered five-day training of trainers workshops for program staff.
EnCompass provides technical assistance and planning services for the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) as it hosts policy, research, and planning meetings abroad and in the United States. Ranging in size from 40 to 80 participants each, the events are opportunities to share common knowledge, lessons learned, and good practices to support USDOL’s approach to child labor elimination projects. As part of this work, EnCompass developed two reports on inclusive growth through social protection within Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)member nations.
EnCompass designed and delivered a workshop on gender awareness for 30 staff members of a United Nations agency. The workshop focused on increasing awareness of the individual mental models and cultural norms that affect beliefs and attitudes regarding gender. Workshop participants explored how workplace culture is affected by bringing together myriad beliefs and experiences into one agency. The participants discussed strategies and opportunities for developing a more gender-competent workplace.
EnCompass supported the Peace Corp’s Food Security Program to revise a series of 18 training manuals on community agricultural practices that provide sustainable, adequate nutrition. PC Volunteers will use these manuals in the field as part of its engagement with the Feed the Future Initiative. EnCompass updated the technical content and presentation layout of the manuals to ensure ease and accuracy of use.
Under subcontract to Business Community Synergies, EnCompass designed and facilitated a five-day training course for USAID Education Sector staff in effectively implementing new USAID policies and a new program design cycle. Sessions were interactive and included a simulation, small group strategy huddles, best practice case studies, and an appreciative exploration of participants’ own experiences. The community of practice that followed the course included targeted virtual sessions, as well as custom-design performance support tools.
To help the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) strengthen its learning processes, EnCompass identified the competencies and learning objectives required to achieve training and technical assistance outcomes. The EnCompass team mapped competencies to existing courses and identified gaps.
EnCompass provided instructional design support and created materials for this course on compliance and project implementation rules and regulations for USAID implementing partners (IPs). Participating IPs gained a better understanding of USAID’s structure, how to achieve successful audits, and how to improve their business models.