ERIC Number: ED201802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Impact of Development Projects on Women. A.I.D. Program Evaluation Discussion Paper No. 8.
Dixon, Ruth B.
This report is one of a series of papers presented to encourage discussion on the evaluation of important development issues. The recent emphasis within the Agency for International Development (AID) on knowing the impacts of development assistance, particularly the benefit incidence of projects and programs, makes it important to look at the impacts of assisted activities on poor women, the subgroup of the poor which has been the agency's most clearly selected target for help. Focusing on what is now known about bettering the effect of all development projects on women, the report is divided into four sections. The first section introduces the problem, explains how the evaluation conducted differs from the original proposed method of the project, and provides background information about evaluating development projects. Section 2 reviews and analyzes the current evaluations of women in development projects sponsored by AID. It focuses on three dimensions of female participation: their role in project decision making, their direct access to benefits, and the effects of the project on their position in the family and the community. Section 3 provides an analytical framework for assessing the impact of development projects on women. It describes an approach to performing both mid-stream evaluations of the immediate social effects of ongoing projects, and ex-post evaluation of long-term impacts following project termination. Section 4 discusses methodological issues in compiling comparative data on AID projects, suggesting more flexible techniques of rapid appraisal. A reference section is included in the publication. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC. Bureau for Program Policy and Coordination.