Description: "Empowerment" is often cited as an objective of projects and programs – but how to define it, much less measure and monitor it in a timely, cost-effective manner? This BBL describes lessons learned from working with partners to develop country and sector-specific empowerment indicators and use mixed methods to measure the empowerment effects of programs and policies in three different country and program contexts.
In Jamaica, Community Scorecards and ethnography were used to establish a baseline for measuring the effect of social policies on youth-police relations.
In Ghana, empowerment indicators were integrated into a questionnaire, which was complemented by focus groups and individual interviews, as part of the mid-term assessment of a rural development project supporting decentralization.
In Bangladesh¸ an empowerment module, a women’s questionnaire, and community-level focus groups were added to a large-scale national survey on social safety net programs, and the empowerment impacts on women analyzed through propensity score matching and OL analysis.