I am a masters student from the Social Studies of Gender program. For my master's thesis, I am planning to do a evaluation of a mentropship program, which is a project that runs by an ngo and the target group is women with foreign background, to see its impact on women's empowerment.
The aim of the project is to assist women to get a job or internship as there are statistic showing women with foreign background takes longer time to find a job when compare to men with foreign background.
I am struggling to define the theoretical framework of this evaluation, as I would really love to apply a gender prespective in this evaluation.
I am planning to do a small survey, and interviews with the program participants, as well as find a group of women with similar backgroup to do the comparation so I can see if the program makes any impact.
As I am very new to the area of evaluation, it would be great if any of you could give me some suggestions on how to approach it, you feedbacks, or anything!!
Thanks in advance :)
Dear Kari, This looks a beautiful topic to work on. However, to be guided on what kind of theoretical framework to use, it would be better to share the topic of your study and the concept note. Or better still, share the main objectives of the study and the study questions. This way, it would be easy to guide you on what frameworks are available in which areas, and whether or not one theoretical framework is sufficient for your study, or if you need complementary frameworks and with what justification. I hope this would be able to guide you further on what to share! Thank you!
Dear Kari, I agree with Ponge, we need to get your research questions to define the scope of your study and share with you the frameworks that exist. For your literature review AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development) has completed a study on mentorship. Could be of good use to read. Best wishes in your study.
Dear Adeline, Thanks for your reply. The research question is How does the mentorship program have impact on women's empowerment and gender eqaulity, and there also a few sub-questions, such as what are the barriers for women, how to improve the program, etc. Thanks for the reading suggestions.
Dear Awuor, thanks for your reply! The main objective is to find out the if the program is providing who the women need, and if it has any impact on women's empowerment. It aims to give voice to women to share their expereinces. So far, I have been conceptualizing empowerment based on Naila Kabeer's idea of empowerment.
This guidance on integration of gender and human rights in evaluations in the United Nations system could be useful to provide you some methodological suggestions:
Dear Vidhya, Thanks for your reply! It is very helpful!
After a few interviews, it seems like the women do not realize "gender" is a issue to prevent them to enter the labor market, but they do think that it might be a problem for other women. However, there is still traces that they are facing some kind of gendered experiences which infinfluence their choice.
In order to be able to assess the impact of the project on the beneficiaries, you would ideally need a control group [i.e. women who have not benefitted from the project]. And as per Vidhya Shanker's comment, women are not a homogeneous category and thus the need to take into consideration other socio-cultural-economic aspects that may influence women's access to employment opportunities.
Best of Luck,
Dear Nite, Thanks for your reply! I realized control group is a good way to begin with but due to time limit, it is very different to apply this method.