Research Resources and Tools
Evaluating the Effects of Interventions With Women’s Groups on Health Outcomes
Researchers from the Population Council, University College London and International Food Policy Research Institute have developed a ECWG guidance tool for evaluations of the effect of interventions with women’s groups on health outcomes. This document complements existing tools for intervention design, evaluation, and reporting in public health with guidance and resources specific to women’s groups. The tool covers: choosing health outcome measures; identifying the appropriate scope of measurement; minimising risk of bias; and process evaluation and reporting.
Women’s Groups and COVID-19: Challenges, Engagement, and Opportunities
The ECWG has produced a rapid evidence brief presenting potential implications of the pandemic and related lockdown for women’s groups, with a focus on India, Nigeria, and Uganda. This brief summarizes previous evidence on groups’ responses to economic, health, or environmental shocks, and discusses potential mechanisms through which women’s groups and their functioning may be affected by COVID-19. We also present ECWG’s planned short-term and longer-term research agenda related to the impact of COVID-19 on women’s groups in the three countries.
Measurement guidance on women’s empowerment and economic outcomes
The ECWG developed a guide for measuring women’s empowerment and economic outcomes to inform the community of researchers that focus on women’s groups. The guide provides a collection of field-tested survey instruments and questions for measuring women’s empowerment and economic outcomes in quantitative impact evaluations and mixed-methods studies of women’s groups, along with recommendations on how to use these tools.
Guidance for estimating cost-effectiveness of women’s groups
The ECWG developed guidelines to support researchers, stakeholders, and program implementers to collect and analyze data on program costs and estimate program cost-effectiveness, with the goal of supporting better practices in cost data collection and the use of these data to inform future investments in women’s groups. The ECWG has also designed two versions of cost data collection tools – a basic version and an advanced version. These tools can be used to collect cost data of women’s group programs by defining program-specific assumptions (also included in the tools). The cost data collection tools are accompanied by one cost summary and analysis sheet, which can be used to generate cost-effectiveness estimates based on total costs and estimated impact.