Gender Learning 2021 - The intersection of Gender Norms and Women's Empowerment/Agency Within and Outside the Household: Innovations in Measurement and it’s Operational Implications


"Helping teams think of their intervention objectives, define measurement for progress and evaluation, and identify what works and what doesn’t."

This Bite+ presents innovations on measurement and understanding of social norms related to gender and women’s agency that can help teams think of their intervention objectives, define measurement for progress and evaluation, and identify what works and what doesn’t. The learning also discusses norms and agency measurement innovations and pathways that can help teams consider what to measure and what to include in both impact evaluations and M&E indicators, with suggestions on how to use these measurements for intervention design and implementation.

Combining both an expert's focus on how to measure social norms and women’s agency and/or empowerment - both directly but also in related outcomes -e.g. participation in employment or others. Also get an insight into the examples from different world regions (SAR, MNA, EAP). It features a leading presentation followed by lightning talks. 

  • A featured presentation by Seema Jayachandran, Professor of Economics, Northwestern University, and chair of J-PAL's gender sector, on “The best way to measure women's agency using just five questions.”
  • Lightning talks: 
    • Aletheia Donald, Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab. Presentation: What are we measuring when we measure decision-making?
    • Nayantara Sarma, Chief Economist Office South Asia. Presentation: It Takes Two (To Make Things Right): Women’s Empowerment and Couple Concordance in South Asia. 
    • Nour Nasr, Mind, Behavior and Development Team. Presentation: Measuring and intervening to change gender social norms in MNA. 
    • S. Anukriti, Economist, Development Research Group (DEC). Presentation: Norms and agency in intrahousehold relationships among women-mothers in law and daughters in law.

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  • Language: English
  • Mode: Journey