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Using Mixed Methods to Measure and Monitor Empowerment in Projects and Programs: Examples from Bangladesh, Ghana and Jamaica

Using Mixed Methods to Measure and Monitor Empowerment in Projects and Programs: Examples from Bangladesh, Ghana and Jamaica

Date: October 23, 2008

Presenters:

  • Nora Dudwick (Sr. Social Scientist, PRMPR)
  • Dr. Jeremy Holland (Oxford Policy Management, UK)
  • Dr. Gil Yaron (GY Associates, UK)

Chair: Louise Cord (Sector Manager, PRMPR)

Discussants: 

  • Sean Bradley (Sr. Social Development Specialist, AFTCS)
  • Maitreyi Das (Sr. Social Sector Specialist, SASDS)
  • Cornelia Tesliuc (Social Protection Specialist, LCSHS)

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.



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