With just a few days until the 2018 Gender 360 Summit on June 11, which EnCompass is co-sponsoring, we are pleased to feature insights from another EnCompass staff member who will present on our work related to “Positive Girl and Boy Development,” the summit’s theme. Fazel Rahim is a Gender and Training Specialist based at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.
A few years ago, I wrote about how EnCompass’ curriculum design and facilitation work on two USAID programs was helping equip Ugandans to win the fight against malaria. This is one of the most rewarding projects I have had the pleasure of being involved with, knowing our work was contributing to saving lives and changing the future for northern Uganda.
Through this multi-year contract, EnCompass is providing performance management technical support to the Office of Cuban Affairs in USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC/Cuba). The EnCompass team is supporting the office in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating, and learning from rigorous monitoring and evaluation of its assistance activities.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation approved its first strategy on gender equality in 2017. Among other elements, the strategy includes a major focus on self-help groups (SHGs) as a tool for fostering women’s economic empowerment. Due to the growth of mobile and digital technologies in Africa and India, the Foundation is interested in the current and potential use of such technologies to support SHGs. They contracted EnCompass to conduct a landscape analysis of technologies, actors, innovations, and trends in technology-enabled SHGs.
Innovating organizational excellence isn’t a catchphrase for EnCompass; it’s the ongoing journey and the ultimate goal. As innovators, we are at the forefront of aligning the latest research in adult education with the growing library of technologies available to support talented human beings contributing to their organizations in smarter ways.
Kai Kight, the first keynote speaker at the eLearning Guild’s 2018 Learning Solutions Conference & Expo, asked the 1,500 attendees to consider our role from the musician’s perspective:
The Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation Phase IV project is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s flagship mechanism for strengthening health information systems in more than 30 developing countries. USAID/Washington contracted EnCompass to conduct a midterm performance evaluation of MEASURE Evaluation to examine how effective the project has been in meeting key stakeholders’ needs.
A major motivation in our global society’s social programs is building a better world. We want our policies, programs, evaluations, and actions to benefit the citizens of tomorrow. Young people are central stakeholders in development, domestically and internationally. We must therefore think seriously about the role youth should be playing in creating the solutions they and future generations will have to live with.
EnCompass is partnering with the USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GenDev) to develop an Agency-Wide Gender Learning Strategy, under the ADVANTAGE IDIQ. The Strategy will provide a roadmap for USAID staff to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to advance the Agency’s development outcomes in gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Evaluation management is an essential competency for evaluators, evaluation team leaders, and commissioners of evaluation, often embedded in other evaluation courses. I’ve been teaching evaluation management as part of courses on developing a theory of change, reframing evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry, gender-responsive evaluation, and other topics. Today, I invite us to think about the intersection of good management and good evaluation, because both are essential to the success of any evaluation.