Dear Gender and Evaluation Community
My name is Julie Newton and I am working in the Gender Team at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) based in the Netherlands. Building on our current review of methods for measuring empowerment of women and girls, we are updating our scan of methodologies designed specifically for measuring empowerment of women and girls.
We are reaching out to you to share examples of innovative methodologies/tools, approaches, instruments for data collection and analysis used to measure the empowerment of women and girls. We would be grateful if you reply by the 24th March.
Thank you in advance
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The Chars Livelihoods Programme in Bangladesh developed a women’s empowerment scorecard using a participatory approach with extreme poor women to assess whether the programme empowered them or not. It gave great results. See this blog post, which includes links to documents describing the approach and results at the end.
Mat – ex Team Leader of the CLP.
Mar 9 (5 days ago)
Hi Julie and everyone,
Hi Julie and all,
I would go to the basic question first; "defining the empowerment". It will then better lead us to explore relevant methods and tools.
In our context, we understand empowerment as people's agency to derive change. It's about transformation in power relations to challenge inequalities and achieve social justice.
Here are few resources you may find useful to measure empowerment of women and girls.
1- Link to Networked ToolBox, developed by ActionAid. You can find many tools particularly under the heading of “Measuring Power Shifts”.
2- Measuring Empowerment? Ask Them; It's a useful resource book published by SIDA. It focuses on quantifying qualitative outcomes from people’s own analysis.
ActionAid and Letmotiv Social Consultants worked together to understand to what extent power has shifted in favour of women as a result of our work on women’s rights and on resilient livelihoods.
We developed a participatory methodology based on the Power Cube and the Gender@work frameworks and we tested it to assess our work in Cambodia, Rwanda and Guatemala.
We explain it here.
Let us know if you would like more details,
Francesca, Liisa, Eva and Sarah
Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
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Thank you for asking this question that has generated some really interesting responses. I add my small contribution, in the form of a photo.
Firstly let me say that, if you’ll allow me, I will choose to interpret your request for "innovative" tools as meaning "quirky or unusual" on this occasion.
The photo shows a tool I call 'confidence snails' being used in Cambodia (but also successfully used in Zimbabwe and Kenya). Respondents (the tool is primarily targeted at children and illiterate people) are asked to choose which image of the snail better reflects how they feel about talking in public and to people in a position of authority, about their needs and their rights. The images show the snail at first completely in her shell, then gradually emerging out.
Of course the interesting part of the tool is the conversation that follows, when we ask respondents why the feel in a certain way and what would it take for them to go ‘up a snail’.
Laura, Thanks for this great exercise!
If we use it how should we credit/reference it?
What a privilege it would be if you chose to use this! I'd love to hear how it goes.
The drawings were done by a friend of mine and I'm sure she would be happy for you to use them. If you then want to publish the work, it would be nice to acknowledge her for the drawings.
If you would like the full set of drawings, just send me your email and I'll send them over in high resolution.
Hi Julie and everyone,
ODI conducted a 2 year project on women’s voice and leadership. Through this we produced a range of literature reviews, case studies and a synthesis report.
We also produced an overview of existing global indicators for measuring women's voice and leadership. This outlines the methodological and conceptual issues that should be taken into account when using these indicators and critically examines the current state of available data in terms of the wider universe of proposed indicators.
Hope the above is of use.
Politics and Governance
Overseas Development Institute
In Rwanda, we have started working on a project called 'Rwanda GBV Monitor' which would allow government and civil society actors submit (aggregated) data on all indicators related to gender based violence, including medical services, health, counseling, legal services, etc. This data would then be used to generate analytics and insights on rate of GBV in different areas, institutional responses, victim's access to psycho-social services, and status of cases.
The intended outcome is to improve institutional accountability and governance to respond to GBV effectively. We also acknowledge that lots of steps have already been taken up by the Government of Rwanda, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations. They have defined indicators and data sources. With the introduction of Rwanda GBV Monitor, the data management process can potentially be streamlined and stakeholders can use this data in planning and decision-making.
I am interested in learning methodologies to measuring empowerment of women and girls and I am wondering if you received interested responses to your questions that you can share with me in terms of materials, guides etc.
thanks for your help.
I know I am extremely late but just wondering whether you have seen Women Empowerment in Agriculture Index developed by IFPRI and supported by USAID.
This could be a very good food for thought. To my mind , it could be adjusted for other sectors as well. Moreover, FHI 360 has also done some work on measuring women's empowerment.