Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning
Inspired by the changes our program participants make in their lives, Women for Women International is dedicated to continually improve our programs to best help women achieve their goals and improve their social and economic well-being. Through our Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) work, we remain committed to listening and learning from the women we serve. Their experiences are at the center of our work to strengthen our programs.
We conduct a survey with a sample of program participants at the beginning of our one-year social and economic empowerment program and at graduation. To ensure accountability to the women we serve, surveys are also administered to graduates one year after graduation, and when possible, two years after graduation. This allows us to have robust data on women’s outcomes at baseline, endline, and up to 24 months after completing the one-year program. We use our monitoring data to evaluate outcomes of our program across all countries where we serve. We employ a digital data collection platform to ensure data quality, reduce costs of using paper-based surveys, increase speed and efficiency in collecting data, and track completion of surveys across four points in time in the countries where we work.
Evaluations & Research
Evaluations and research projects enable us to better understand the constraints that affect the women we serve and the underlying reasons driving the changes we see in our survey results. We pursue research projects to investigate specific programmatic questions more deeply. Studies range methodologically from diagnostic qualitative investigations to broader large-sample surveys and impact evaluations examining average trends in women’s economic and social well-being in conflict-affected settings.
In addition to innovative qualitative research activities such as Life History interviews, and baseline and endline evaluations, WfWI has three ongoing randomized controlled trials (RCTs) looking at different types of social and economic empowerment impacts from our program across our programs in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria. In collaboration with the research and evaluation partners, we are gaining a deeper understanding of the effectiveness and causal impact of our programs and continuously improving our research capacity. Learning WfWI uses research and evaluations to improve the performance of our programs, and the ways in which they are implemented. Through the findings from the data collected, we are constantly looking at what works, what doesn’t, and what can be done better. As we improve our methods, we are also sharing our learning with others to increase impact for women globally.
Additional materials can be found in the Resource Library.