big bet on Nigeria: view of Lagos

Evaluation and Learning Partner for MacArthur Foundation’s Big Bet On Nigeria

Project dates: 2016-Present

Client type: Non-Profits and Foundations

Key topics: Democracy, Rights, and Governance, Learning and Capacity Strengthening, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

Related Country(ies): Nigeria

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Since 2016, EnCompass has supported the MacArthur Foundation’s Big Bet On Nigeria program as the Evaluation and Learning Partner. The On Nigeria program aims to assist Nigerian-led efforts to reduce corruption by strengthening accountability, transparency, and participation. The multilayered program, comprising roughly $100 million in grants to 200+ organizations working in Nigeria, takes a systems-level perspective to tackle corruption, and places emphasis on work focused on behavior change, criminal justice, media and journalism, and collaboration (Joinbodi).

As the On Nigeria Evaluation and Learning Partner, EnCompass works closely with the Foundation’s Evaluation Office and the On Nigeria Program Team to facilitate the design and implementation of evidence-based strategies, measure progress toward intended outcomes and impacts, and deliver just-in-time evidence and learning, which can help the Foundation and grantees make better, more impactful decisions. Corruption is a complex and ever-evolving phenomenon. EnCompass therefore integrates systems-thinking throughout this work while drawing on utilization-focused, collaborative, and developmental evaluation approaches. In line with the Foundation’s design/build strategy, EnCompass supports the Program Team and partners in engaging in iterative cycles of evidence-based learning, adaptation, and action.

EnCompass works with the Foundation to publish evaluation results, and engage broader audiences continually. Under a separate contract, EnCompass provides grant-level technical assistance for monitoring and evaluation to On Nigeria’s grantees.

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Courtney Carr

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Communications Specialist

Courtney Carr is EnCompass’ Communications Specialist, supporting the internal and external messaging and communications initiatives. She brings her knowledge and skills in writing, social media, video production, event planning and television news and radio production to the position. Before joining EnCompass, Ms. Carr worked at Community Science as a business development coordinator. She received her BA in Broadcast Journalism at Pennsylvania State University and holds a MA in Strategic Communication from American University.

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