After more than 20 year of on-the-ground experience implementing our program, WfWI is investing in rigorous research and evaluation to learn about our impact, improve programming based on results, guide key programmatic and organizational decisions, advocate for evidence-based policy and practice, and influence decision-makers. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard to measure the causal impact of an intervention in question. WfWI has three ongoing RCTs looking at different types of social and economic empowerment impacts from our program across our programs in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Nigeria.
Impact Evaluation of WfWI Integrated Women’s Empowerment Program on Women’s Agency, Decision-Making, and Economic Empowerment in South Kivu, DRC
Women for Women International is conducting an RCT in South Kivu, DRC to study the causal impact of WfWI’s empowerment program on women’s agency and decision-making, mental health, cognition, and household welfare. Two thousand participants are included in the evaluation, with half randomly selected to participate in the program and the half selected to be in the control group. In addition, half of the women in the treatment arm have been randomized to benefit from the men’s engagement program.
RCT Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the WfWI Intervention to Prevent and Reduce Intimate Partner Violence Among Married Women in Afghanistan
Preventing violence against women and girls, in particular intimate partner violence (IPV), is a key aim of the Sustainable Development Goals. WfWI is conducting an RCT in Afghanistan to investigate the effects of WfWI’s year-long empowerment program on women’s experiences of intimate partner violence, mental health, gender equitable attitudes including acceptability of violence against women, and women’s income and savings. This research project is being conducted as part of the DFID’s What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme.
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Additional resources about this project can be found in the Resource Library.
Impact Evaluation of Mentorship for Female Micro-entrepreneurs: Bridging the Gap in Conflict-Affected Areas of Nigeria
Women for Women International conducts an RCT to better understand the impact of programmatic additions to the year-long social and economic empowerment training program in Nigeria. The primary research question of the study is whether follow-up mentoring visits for 6 months after women graduate from the training program significantly affect economic outcomes for women microentrepreneurs’ employment activities. In addition to this question, this study is also explaining how being village savings and Loan Association (VSLA) provides better support for sustained profitability, scale, and access to capital.
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