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Measuring Empowerment? Ask Them

Created: 2014-10-07
Author: Sohel Ibn Ali Language: English
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Who would find this resource useful?

Anyone working on activities that aim to achieve social change and empowerment


An organisation might use this resource when….

  • Looking at how to measure social change and empowerment resulting from your projects and programmes
  • Designing monitoring and evaluation approaches
  • Learning more about empowerment and rights-based approaches


How can this resource help?

This guide shows how participatory assessments can empower and transform relationships, while at the same time generating reliable and valid statistics for what were thought to be only qualitative dimensions. This publication sets out the challenges entailed in measuring empowerment and describes how these challenges were largely overcome in the development of the evaluation tool. The evolution and application of the tool are explained and examples provided of how the data generated can be used for the purposes of results-based management, in particular focusing on performance and achievement of outcomes and impact. Finally, a section provides step by step guidance for replicating the approach in other programmes.

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