Learning and Capacity Strengthening

Young Girl reading against stone wall

Lyn Messner and Priya Dhanani contributed to this post.

This is the story of Lerato, whose name means love. 

Lerato lived with her mother in an agricultural community in northern Lesotho. At age 17, Lerato was raped on her way home from school.

GHPOD II Staff conducting podcast interview

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. 

Women with GBV coordinator in DRC

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. 

Tessie Catsambas at podium with NIH logo

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. 

Under USAID's World Wide Training (WWT) project, EnCompass provides training and facilitation, curriculum development, e-learning design, and analytical services to USAID staff through an integrated core suite of training courses. The courses are intended to build skills and knowledge of USAID staff in areas of strategic planning, budgeting, procurement, program and project management, and monitoring and evaluation. EnCompass partners with RTI on this project. The courses provided include:

Speaker in front of audience at Global Health Mini University

The George Washington University and USAID have partnered to host the annual Global Health Mini-University for 16 years running. Organized by USAID’s Global Health Professional and Organizational Development (GHPOD II) program, which EnCompass now leads, this annual forum educates participants about emerging and best practices in global health and brings together students, professionals, and experts for learning, engagement, and networking. The agenda for this year’s Mini-University, on September 14, included more than 60 sessions on 10 technical tracks, from maternal, neonatal, and child health to global health security. 

image of a library

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) works to ensure that libraries have a voice in information policy debates, and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public. After adopting a new strategic plan, OITP asked EnCompass to help design and develop a monitoring system that would assess progress against the new strategic goals. 

Group of coworkers team-building

In our ongoing efforts to model organizational excellence, EnCompass is dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, for our clients and as a company. Much of the current conversation considers these terms together, as “D&I.” But having a diverse workforce doesn’t automatically create an inclusive workplace; rather, inclusivity is a prerequisite before an organization can leverage its diversity. Grasping this relationship requires reflection and a deep understanding of these intertwined elements of organizational excellence.

participants at a UN Cares workshop.

This post was originally published on Devex.com, by Emma Smith. EnCompass worked with UN Cares to design the UN for All learning modules, piloted them, and then designed and delivered a Training of Trainers to prepare UN Cares facilitators to deliver the modules. EnCompass is proud to support the critically-important work of UN Cares through the UN for All initiative.

school children gathered at school courtyard

EnCompass supports the MacArthur Foundation’s Big Bet On Nigeria program as its Evaluation and Learning partner. The On Nigeria program focuses on reducing corruption in the country by encouraging accountability, transparency, and good governance in many sectors of society, including electricity distribution, universal basic education, home grown school feeding, criminal justice, and media and journalism.

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