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Impact Evaluations


Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)

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.  

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard to measure the causal impact of an intervention in question. We have completed one RCT examining program impact on intimate partner violence in Afghanistan, and have initiated two ongoing RCTs to measure social and economic empowerment impacts across our programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nigeria. 

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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 our 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. 

Download the project summary here

Download the research brief here

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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. We 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 as part of the DFID’s What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme. 

Learn about the results here

Additional resources about this project can be found in the Resource Library

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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 forming a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) provides better support for sustained profitability, scale, and access to capital. 

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Download the research brief here

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