Measurement of Women’s Economic Empowerment – WOW (2020)

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2020, WOW – 54 pages

This Guidance Note identifies core indicators, principles, and recommendations for effective, consistent measurement of WEE. It includes a recognition that there is no universal set of indicators that will be appropriate for every project, in every sector and every context. To provide effective measurement and avoid negative unintended impacts, selection of indicators must follow on from a robust context-specific gender analysis to guide decision making about the measurable outcomes the programme is aiming to achieve. Principles for effective WEE measurement within economic development programming include:

  • Build programmes on strong context-specific gender analysis.
  • Develop a causal chain (logframe) and theory of change that is informed by an understanding of the context and previous experience with the same or similar interventions in similar settings.
  • Measure what matters to diverse women and girls and disaggregate measures accordingly.
  • Measure both economic and social outcomes.
  • Measure change at individual and household levels.
  • Measure access, control, and constraints.
  • Consider – and measure – risks and unintended effects.
  • Data collection choices matter.