Measurement Properties of the Project-Level: Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index
IFPRI Discussion Paper 1798
81 Pages Posted: 3 May 2019
Date Written: January 7, 2019
Given the need for valid measures of women’s empowerment to monitor SDG5 and design advantages of pro-WEAI, an assessment of its measurement properties is warranted. This paper has three aims: 1) to assess in two GAAP2 projects the measurement properties of survey question (item) sets used to compute pro-WEAI indicators, 2) to offer guidance, based on study findings, for questionnaire revisions to shorten the full pro-WEAI to improve it as a measure for women’s empowerment in agricultural development programs, and 3) to make a call for a validated ‘short form’1 version of pro-WEAI and improved measures of women’s collective agency.
Keywords: agricultural development, measurement, Sustainable Development Goals, empowerment, gender, women
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