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Rachel Glennerster, Chief Economist, UK Department for International Development
Joao Montalvao, Economist at Africa Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank
Kate Scaife Diaz, Director of Impact, TechnoServe
Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. Which approaches to measuring a complex social outcome like decision-making power should we use, and can we improve on our existing models? When should we use internationally standardized survey questions and when is it better to develop locally tailored ones? Can non-survey instruments pick up useful information that surveys can’t, and when should we think about using them?
CGD, in collaboration with Data2X, is delighted to host the launch of J-PAL’s new research resource, A Practical Guide to Measuring Women's and Girls’ Empowerment in Impact Evaluations, which offers practical guidance on these and many other questions and a comprehensive process for measuring empowerment in an impact evaluation. Rachel Glennerster will briefly present the new guide and how it can help practitioners and researchers develop their own strategies for measuring empowerment that are right for their impact evaluations. Afterward, experts will discuss the proposed measurement approaches, promising ways to overcome challenges related to measuring empowerment, and important areas for future measurement research.
This event is the third in a CGD series convened with Data2X and supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation on Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment. Copies of the report and a light breakfast will be available for guests.