Although women’s employment possibilities have improved with the rise of globalization, women in low- and middle-income countries often perform jobs that have low skill requirements and frequently choose occupations that are highly feminized, tend to be less socially valued, and pay lower wages. This systematic review will be the first to assess the impact of vocational and business training on women’s socioeconomic outcomes.
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Malnutrition is one of the most serious global health problems. Advancing the knowledge base about the effects of nutrition and early childhood development programs on nutrition outcomes is particularly important in Bangladesh. AIR is evaluating a large-scale nutrition program and a pilot program to combat malnutrition in the country.
21 Apr 2014
Self-help groups are a popular strategy for empowering women in India. These groups are composed of ten to twenty women and focus on savings and credit programs or advancing group members' claims or rights. This study presents impact estimates of women's self-help group membership on subjective well-being in Odisha, India.
UTZ is a non-governmental organization that designs programs that support farmers in obtaining certification when they adopt sustainable agricultural practices in the production of coffee, tea, and cocoa. AIR reviews the quality of the UTZ-commissioned evaluations and provides recommendations about UTZ’s evaluations strategy.
Between 2007 and 2013, UNICEF commissioned 133 evaluations of UNICEF-supported basic education interventions. AIR conducted a synthesis review to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and sustainability, and advised UNICEF on how, when, and for what to invest limited resources in rigorous evaluations of the impact of basic education interventions.
1 Jan 2014
A randomized controlled trial (RCT) is a way of doing impact evaluation in which the population receiving the program or policy intervention is chosen at random from the eligible population, and a control group is also chosen at random from the same eligible population. This report disects randomized controlled trials by providing a description of RCTs, information about when it is most appropriate to use this method, ways to conduct a randomized controlled trial, and more.
Self-help group programs are the most popular development intervention to stimulate women’s empowerment in South Asia. In partnership with Touro University, AIR conducted a mixed-methods systematic review to determine the impact of women’s self-help groups on empowerment.