EnCompass News

January 12, 2017

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EnCompass congratulates its partner UN Cares for winning the “Innovation in Talent Management” award at the Career Development Roundtable in International Organizations Meeting in Helsinki. UN Cares received the award based on the UN for All initiative, which focuses on dignity and inclusion in the UN workplace, specifically for LGBTI, persons with disabilities, and persons who use substances.

EnCompass worked with UN Cares to design these face-to-face learning modules, piloted them, and then designed and delivered a Training of Trainers to prepare UN Cares facilitators to deliver the modules. Since then, facilitators have guided over 2,000 participants in 37 countries through these important discussions, and the modules have...

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November 29, 2016

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EnCompass is pleased to announce an exciting new role! In affiliation with Claremont Graduate University (CGU), EnCompass has assumed responsibility for managing, coordinating and delivering The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI), an internationally recognized and respected provider of high quality evaluation instruction, which is delivered through a curriculum that emphasizes practical relevance for practicing evaluators.

EnCompass brings over 15 years of experience in developing and delivering evaluation capacity building programs to the US government, NGO and private sector organizations around the world. The EnCompass TEI team is led by Beeta Tahmassebi, Director of Operations. Working with her are TEI Development Manager Paul Thomas, who oversees...

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November 07, 2016

We are pleased to announce the release of a new white paper, Evaluating Our Way to Smarter Organizations, authored by EnCompass CEO Tessie Catsambas and Vice President, Dr. Lynne Miller Franco. The paper was presented at the USAID Africa Bureau Evaluation Summit and the 2016 American Evaluation Association annual conference in Atlanta. 

Evaluating Our Way to Smarter Organizations targets nonprofit organizations and advocates the value of creating evaluation plans for social programs. “A robust evaluation system that prioritizes learning and reflection supports more strategic thinking within organizations, and helps nonprofits tell their stories of success more effectively through clear presentation of the evidence base,” said Ms. Catsambas. 

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October 16, 2016

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2016 marks the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 30th Annual Conference, which will be held on October 24-29 in Atlanta, Georgia. Through this year’s conference theme, “Evaluation + Design”, participants will consider the integration of design and evaluation in three areas: program design, evaluation design, and information design.

As big believers in the idea of evaluation and design as parts of a whole, EnCompass is honored to contribute to a number of presentations and discussions at this year’s conference. We hope you’ll join our staff at the following sessions:

Wednesday, October 26th

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August 23, 2016

For Immediate Release: EnCompass LLC has been awarded a five-year contract from USAID for the Global Health Professional and Organizational Development (GHPOD) II program.

GHPOD’s role is to strengthen USAID health sector staff capacity to lead and manage programs, equipping them to meet the challenges of a continuously changing sector. Through the GHPOD mechanism, EnCompass will provide a variety of professional development activities to build health sector staff skills and competencies in health sector technical areas, program management, leadership, and personal and team effectiveness and staff performance management. GHPOD also provides organizational development activities, such as retreats and strategic meetings.

“This work is especially...

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June 17, 2016

Through a new contract awarded by the Department of State, EnCompass and its subcontractor Camris International will conduct a two part evaluation of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) Global Equality Fund and the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program.

The Global Equality Fund is a private-public initiative that provides emergency, short-term, and long-term support to various programs that advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Dignity for All assists LGBTI human rights defenders with emergency, security, and training needs as well as providing advocacy rapid response grants.

Our team is excited to “contribute to the critical work of LGBTI human rights defenders around the world, drawing from our expertise in...

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May 23, 2016

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We are pleased to share a recent chapter from the New Directions for Evaluation journal, written by EnCompass CEO/CFO Tessie Catsambas!

This chapter, entitled “Facilitating Evaluation to Lead Meaningful Change”, explores the significant overlap between evaluator and facilitator competencies, and argues that:

“Transformational evaluations call for significant self-development and strengthening of leadership competencies. Through development and use of facilitation tools and techniques, facilitation can be used to enhance the effectiveness and use of an evaluation.”

The full article is now available to rent or buy through the

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