April 22, 2016

How are women and men differently impacted by development projects? Why is it important for development agencies to understand this? How can we design evaluations to better understand these different impacts?

To address these questions, on April 1, Michael O’Sullivan, an economist from the World Bank’s Gender Development lab gave a workshop on gender sensitive impact evaluation. The workshop began by covering common methods used in impact evaluations, how these methods can be used to assess the different impacts of program on women, and why it’s important to understand the ways in which women are uniquely impacted by systems. 

After the training portion of the workshop was concluded, participants were divided into groups and designed their own impact evaluations, based on real world projects in various Sub-Saharan African countries. The workshop concluded with students presenting the impact evaluation they created.

— Christine L. Homan MIA ’16