Tessie Catsambas on the Value of Qualitative Methods

Cover image of "Evaluation Design for Complex Global Initiatives"
August 11, 2014

“Appreciative inquiry starts with the premise that something works, even if it’s the exception.”

The appreciative approach is central to much of our evaluation work here at EnCompass, and it was one of the themes upon which our President, Tessie Catsambas, presented at an evaluation workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine in January of this year.

The workshop focused on best practices in evaluating complex global initiatives, and brought together evaluators, researchers in the field of evaluation science, implementers of large-scale health programs, local stakeholders, policy makers, donor representatives, and others to derive lessons learned from past large-scale evaluations and to discuss how to apply these lessons to future evaluations.

Evaluation Design for Complex Global Initiatives is the summary of the workshop that discusses transferable insights gained across the spectrum of choosing the evaluator, framing the evaluation, designing the evaluation, gathering and analyzing data, synthesizing findings and recommendations, and communicating key messages. The report also explores the relative benefits and limitations of different quantitative and qualitative approaches within the mixed methods designs used for these complex and costly evaluations.

A summary of Tessie’s presentation, which explored the value of qualitative methods, is available to read here.

Recent News

 |  EnCompass Endorses Gender 360 Summit Vision for Positive Boy and Girl Development

EnCompass is pleased to endorse the 2018 Gender...

 |  EnCompass to Support DRG Thought Leadership at USAID

EnCompass is proud to announce a new role leading USAID’s Generate Results within Our Work (GROW...

 |  EnCompass to Lead New Women’s Empowerment Program for Food Security

EnCompass is proud to announce a new prime award, leading the USAID Bureau for Food Security’s...

 |  Expertise in Education Earns EnCompass New USAID Contract

USAID’s Office of Education has awarded EnCompass the prime role on a 5-year contract for the...

 |  Reception for Scholars in Culturally Responsive Evaluation: August 20

EnCompass will host the Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Scholars at our Rockville...

All content © 2012-2018 EnCompass LLC

Contact Us | Sitemap | Privacy Policy