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2015 Methods Workshop – Women’s Economic Empowerment and Development

  • June 2015
  • Event

The Pre-Conference Methods Workshop, “Women’s Economic Empowerment and Development: Issues in Measurement and Defining Causal Impact,” took place on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 2:00pm – 5:30pm.

The objectives for the workshop included:

  • Define women’s economic empowerment
  • Discuss the complexity involved in measuring women’s economic empowerment and debate how this should be operationalized in practice
  • Discuss existing evidence on the causal impact of policies and programs on women’s economic empowerment as well as evidence gaps
  • Discuss existing evidence on how women’s economic empowerment improves development outcomes at both a micro and macro level, focusing on causal evidence.

Takyiwaa Manuh, Director of the Social Development Policy Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, introduced the workshop and stressed the role and importance of women’s economic empowerment for development.

Sarah Baird, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, framed the issue, defining empowerment and highlighting key challenges around measurement and impact. View slides here.

Amber Peterman, Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, discussed issues for measuring women’s empowerment. She explored the design, definition, conceptualization, and operationalization of indicators measuring women’s empowerment and decision-making through three case studies: Gender and land ownership, Women’s decision-making, and the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index. View slides here.

Niklas Buehren, World Bank Africa Region Gender Practice, presented a conceptual framework in terms of impact evaluation and how it helps to inform policy. Nik introduced an impact evaluation of the Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents program in Uganda, related to women’s economic empowerment, to encourage participants to think about evaluation related to scenario. View slides here.

Participants broke into small groups to work on a set of case studies, answering questions related to motivation, measurement and impact evaluation.

Download the agenda.

Required Pre-Reading:

Chapters 1 and 2 for those less familiar with impact evaluation methods.

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