About the Program
The LAC Gender Impact Evaluation Initiative is working to fill critical knowledge gaps, highlighted by the World Development Report 2012, on the role of agency in the promotion of gender equity. The initiative is dedicated to producing research that serves as a useful resource for evidence-driven policy making.
Evidence suggests that building agency can be a powerful and cost effective instrument to help women and girls take advantage of their assets and opportunities and to contribute to overall development.
However, much more knowledge and evidence is needed to understand how to promote agency and its impacts on gender equity and development outcomes.
The objective of the LAC Gender Impact Evaluation Initiative is to use rigorous impact evaluations to identify effective tools for measuring agency and improve our understanding of agency and gender equity in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Gender Impact Evaluation works to achieve its goals by:
LAC Gender Impact Evaluations
In Nicaragua Social interactions with community leaders affect household attitudes and improve program impacts on human capital and productive investments. Download the evaluation here
TB Treatment Adherence: Does Gender Make a Difference?: In Peru, a local NGO provided psychological, social, and economic support to families affected by TB and the World Bank assessed how this changed TB treatment adherence in different ways for men and women. Download the evaluation here
How does life skills and vocational training impact employment and empowerment outcomes? In Haiti, life skills training and vocational training were randomly applied and evaluators are assessing the impact on labor market entry for adolescent girls, empowerment and agency. Download the evaluation here
What is the role of agency in teenage fertility decisions? Evaluators are working with the Government of Ecuador to assess what interventions drive changes in decision making and action to deter pregnancy and why. Download the evaluation here
Do infrastructure improvements impact women and men’s self-esteem differently? In Argentina, evaluators will assess how road construction and water sanitation projects affect men and women differently. Download the evaluation here
What are the long term impacts of CCTs on post-secondary education and labor market opportunities for men and women? In Colombia, evaluators are tracking CCT recipients and non-recipients to assess the impacts over the long term. Download the evaluation here
How does Community Driven Development (CDD) affect empowerment and community participation for men and women? Economists are working with the government of Bolivia to assess the impacts of female and male participation in CDD. Download the evaluation here
Does Increasing Women’s Income Decrease Domestic Abuse? This analysis seeks to analyze the effect Bolsa Familia, Brazil’s flagship Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), has had on domestic violence rates in Brazil and to provide insight into the targeting methods used for future conditional cash transfer programs. Download the evaluation here
The Maria da Penha Law in Brazil: Ending Domestic Violence through Women’s Police Stations and Political Plans. This study seeks to measure the effectiveness of the Lei Maria da Penha and of all-women’s police stations in decreasing the rate of domestic violence in Brazil. Download the evaluation here
Agency is the ability to make choices and transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. Building agency can be a powerful and cost effective instrument to help women and girls take advantage of their assets and opportunities