EnCompass News

September 18, 2017

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EnCompass is proud to announce the election of our CEO, Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas, to a senior leadership position at the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She will serve a 3-year term as president-elect in 2018, president in 2019, and immediate past president in 2020.

AEA champions the use of evaluation to inform public policy, make better program decisions, and enhance organizational effectiveness. The organization has about 8,000 independent members from around the world.

Ms. Catsambas has been a member of AEA since 2002, most recently serving as Chair of the AEA International Working Group. Previously, she was the AEA representative to the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation...

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September 12, 2017

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EnCompass is delighted to announce that we are expanding our work with USAID’s AIDSFree program, which aims to improve the effectiveness of HIV treatment and prevention efforts. In our new roles, we will provide technical support to USAID’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs. VMMC is a highly effective procedure in reducing the spread of HIV and increasing the accessibility of HIV testing services for males. 

EnCompass’ work will ensure the quality and safety of VMMC programs in Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Tanzania. EnCompass will work with the Ministry of Health in each country, service providers, and other...

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July 19, 2017

global health mini university participants at breakfast

The Global Health Mini-University has been bringing together students and professionals in global health for over 15 years. It is a free, one-day forum about a variety of technical topics held annually in Washington, D.C., supported by USAID’s Global Health Bureau and the George Washington University’s (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health. As of July 14th, registration for the 2017 GH Mini-U is now open!

EnCompass manages USAID’s Global Health Professional and Organizational Development (GHPOD) II program, which oversees this event. Much of our work across service areas focuses on our expertise in global health, so the GH Mini-U is...

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July 07, 2017

TEI Logo with overlay of date and time of panels

If you’ve been looking to enhance your professional network and your understanding of evaluation, The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI)— managed by EnCompass LLC— may be the perfect place for you. During our flagship, annual July program, TEI will be presenting two free panels featuring leaders in the field of evaluation, and we want you to join us!

The first panel was held on Monday, July 10th, on the topic of “Encouraging Use – Presenting Data in Creative and Compelling Ways”. Panelists included Stephanie Evergreen of Evergreen Consulting, Mike Shoag of Forum One, and EnCompass CEO Tessie Catsambas. The discussion focused on using creative...

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May 25, 2017

EnCompass is excited to announce we have established a presence in Ethiopia, where we are part of a consortium project led by Pathfinder International tasked with implementing USAID’s Transform: Primary Health Care project.

Our six-member team is based in Addis Ababa and four regions:

  • Amhara
  • Oromia,
  • Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region
  • Tigray

This will be EnCompass’ largest field presence to date.

EnCompass serves as the gender integration and quality improvement partner for Transform: Primary Health Care project, which provides technical assistance to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health to implement their Health Sector Transformation Plan. The Plan aims to end preventable child and maternal deaths...

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April 25, 2017

From April 26th through the 28th, EvalPartners Third Global Evaluation Forum (GF3) was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This year’s theme was: “Transforming our world through evaluation: engagement and partnerships for the better world we want”, with a special focus on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum reflected on the three pillars of the EvalAgenda 2020, which are:

  1. Enhancing the individual capacity of evaluations
  2. Enhancing the institutional capacity toward evaluation
  3. Enabling a positive environment for evaluation.

During the opening ceremony, EnCompass CEO/CFO Tessie Catsambas--who has served EvalPartners in a variety of leadership capacities--shared a video that honors the EvalPartners journey...

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March 27, 2017

Two of EnCompass’ ground-breaking evaluations were featured at the 8th annual African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) International Conference.  The conference wase held March 27th- 31st in Kampala, Uganda, with the theme “Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Opportunities and Challenges for Africa”.

EnCompass Evaluation Specialist Kelsey Simmons presented abstracts from these evaluations at the AfrEA conference. The first details the MacArthur Foundation’s M&E strategy for their Maternal Health Accountability Portfolio which includes seven civil society organizations working across Nigeria. The M&E strategy included developing a separate external support contract to simultaneously build grantee organizations...

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