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South Asia Gender Innovation Lab

Impact Evaluations

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Targeting the Ultra Poor Impact Evaluation (Afghanistan)

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

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Strengthening Women’s Economic Empowerment (Afghanistan)

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.  

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Tejaswini: Socioeconomic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (India)

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.

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Safety Technology to Improve Training Opportunities and Work Participation for Women (India)

Does an effective safety response system against gender-based violence in public spaces improve women’s participation in training and the workforce? This impact evaluation tests an innovative safety device that can be used by women to send an alarm seeking help to understand how mobility, skills development, and work participation outcomes are affected when women’s safety concerns are addressed using the device.

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Adolescent Girls Program (Bangladesh)

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.

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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. 

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Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) Rural Roads Project (India)

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.

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Punjab Rural Water and Sanitation Program (India)

A randomized controlled trial is estimating the causal impact of community-led sanitation interventions on improvements in hygiene and health outcomes among men and women in the northern state of Punjab in India.

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Second Rural Transport Improvement Project (Bangladesh)

The evaluation identifies gender-disaggregated impacts of improving rural accessibility and strengthening rural road maintenance across 26 rural districts in Bangladesh with close 22 million beneficiaries. Areas of investigation focus on labor force participation, income, decision-making, and mobility.

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