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Impact Evaluations


We use a mix of research methods and evaluation types to investigate specific programmatic questions. Our methods range from innovative qualitative research techniques, such as life history interviews, to large-sample surveys to examine quantifiable trends in women’s well-being in conflict-affected settings and evaluate program impact.

Women for Women International invests in understanding its impact through rigorous evaluation, in partnership with academics and research firms. For example, we have conducted two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to understand Signature Program impacts in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We have a third randomized trial ongoing in the Nigeria to understand the impact of program variations focused on financial inclusion and business skills and a fourth quasi-experimental study in Rwanda to measure the impact of an expanded men’s engagement program, in conjunction with women’s participation in the Signature Program.

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Impact Evaluation of Integrated Women’s Empowerment Program in South Kivu, DRC

Women for Women International partnered with researchers to conduct an RCT in South Kivu, DRC to study the causal impact of our empowerment program on women’s earnings and savings, agency and decision-making, mental health, and household welfare from 2017 to 2019. Two thousand participants participated in the evaluation, with half randomly selected to participate in the program and the half selected to be in the control group. Researchers also examined the impact on women participants of having a male household member join concurrent Men’s Engagement Programming (MEP).

Learn about project results here.

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RCT Evaluation of WfWI’s Empowerment Program on Intimate Partner Violence in Afghanistan

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and Women for Women International conducted an RCT in Afghanistan to investigate the effects of our 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 was conducted from 2016 to 2018 as part of DFID’s What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme.

Learn about the project results here.

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Impact Evaluation of Mentorship for Female Micro-entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Women for Women International has partnered with researchers at Tufts University to conduct 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 forming a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) provides better support for sustained profitability, scale, and access to capital. This three-year project is currently ongoing and expected to end in 2021.

Learn about the project results here.

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Evaluation of Male Engagement for Gender Norm Transformation in Rwanda

Through a partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Women for Women International seeks to understand the impact of the Men’s Engagement Program (MEP) in Rwanda with a quasi-experimental design evaluation. MEP encourages gender equitable attitudes and behaviors and shifts in institutional and societal perceptions of women. This project investigates the differential outcomes of women in the Signature program whose spouses participate in men’s engagement, versus women who participate only in women’s programming. This five-year project is currently ongoing and expected to end in 2024.

Additional resources about these projects can be found in the Resource Library.

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