SMS GIRL - Sending Messages about Schooling for Re-Enrolment and Learning (Pakistan)
The evaluation measures the effectiveness of informational nudges in the form of text and voice messaging along with distance learning and conditional cash transfers in reducing the probability of school dropout among girls due to COVID-19. Implemented as part of a distance learning program under the Third Punjab Education Support Project, the findings aim to address evidence gaps on how to ensure learning continuity for girls in emergency settings.
Gender sensitivity in job advertisements (Pakistan)
The evaluation measures the impact of an intervention that publicizes gender-friendly features of jobs such as flexible work arrangements, support for childcare and safe transportation in one of Pakistan’s leading online job portals that posts more than 1,000 jobs a day. The research seeks to understand the extent to which reducing information asymmetry between employers and jobseekers regarding job attributes that female jobseekers particularly care about can promote women’s labor force participation in Pakistan.
The evaluation measures the impact of a one-off "big-push" package, including a transfer of livestock assets, cash consumption stipend, skills training, and coaching on poverty reduction and women’s empowerment across 80 villages in the Balkh province in Afghanistan. A second round of follow-up data collection is now underway to estimate longer-run impacts of the intervention. Read about the promising results from the first round of follow-up data collection here
This clustered randomized control trial tests a community-based pilot intervention that provides tailored hard and soft skills training, business support services, and financial access to poor and vulnerable women in Afghanistan’s rural and peri-urban areas. The evaluation will measure impacts on economic dimensions such as women’s work, earnings, and savings as well empowerment measures including physical mobility, attitudes and decision-making among female beneficiaries.
The evaluation investigates the impact of a skills training and education intervention on secondary school completion and employability outcomes of adolescent girls in the state of Jharkhand in India. It also explores questions around how the selection of candidates into educational programs can be made more efficient by matching students to courses of their choice.
This is cluster randomized control trial evaluates effective, scalable, and sustainable strategies for improving school retention and overall well-being, including safety, voice, agency, and empowerment of adolescent girls and boys in Bangladesh. Interventions include school-based training on sexual harassment, growth mindset training, and outreach for increased awareness in schools and communities.
Caste and Gender Discrimination in the Workplace (India)
Despite a sharp increase in educational attainment, Indian women are underrepresented in positions of senior management. This randomized experiment isolates the role of workplace perceptions about gender and caste on job expectations and attitudes towards female managers.
This difference-in-difference impact evaluation captures the changes in women and men’s access to work, education, health, and mobility from increased physical connectivity in rural road infrastructure. The impact evaluation focuses on three Indian states: Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.