The ECWG has identified six focus areas for our research and technical assistance in India, Nigeria, and Uganda:
- Strengthen the conceptual framing of women’s groups through the development of (a) a meta-framework to guide research, and (b) a working typology to describe and classify women’s groups.
- Conduct research on women’s groups’ implementation models through primary research and secondary analyses.
- Examine the costs and cost-effectiveness of women’s group interventions implemented at scale, using secondary data and in-depth case studies.
- Examine the role and impact of women’s groups in their wider ecosystem—specifically, how they interact with social protection programs—using secondary data.
- Conduct evidence syntheses and meta-analyses in policy-relevant areas, such as the effect of women’s groups on asset ownership, the impact of integrated microfinance and health group interventions, and country-specific evidence syntheses in Uganda and Nigeria.
- Improve measurement in research on women’s groups by producing guidance on measuring women’s empowerment, costs and cost-effectiveness, and health outcomes.