The Training Expo at the 2019 SEEP annual conference will give attendees the opportunity to learn, engage and collaborate in one of six crash course trainings. The 2-hour sessions are led by highly skilled facilitators, experienced in a range of thematic topics: consensus building, market assessments, data-driven design, creative change leadership, and more!
Measuring Women’s Empowerment through Savings Groups: What Do We Really Know?
Facilitated by Katherine Rickard and Lis Meyers, Nathan
There is strong evidence that Savings Groups (SGs) expand access to financial resources by women, and contribute to asset accumulation and increased business investments. This is why SGs are commonly promoted as an economic strengthening strategy within women’s empowerment (WE) programming. There is, however, a need to better understand the pathways between SGs and WE; and to expand measurement frameworks beyond short-term, economic outcomes.
Drawing from a recently released study, the Co-facilitators will:
- Provide a review of the evidence, and the contribution of SGs to various domains of women’s empowerment
- Identify gaps in monitoring and results measurement (MRM) systems
- Introduce good practices, indicators, and existing tools for the effective design and measurement of WE outcomes
Participants in this session will:
- Gain an understanding of why considering, tracking, and measuring empowerment is critical to SG activities
- Learn about key WE domains and what initiatives work to create changes
- Work on their own high level theory of change based on an intervention of their choice
- Explore collectively the MRM toolkit to identify and critique tools for measuring empowerment