Measurement Properties of the Project-Level: Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

IFPRI Discussion Paper 1798

81 Pages Posted: 3 May 2019

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Kathryn Yount

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health ; Emory University - Department of Sociology

Yul Fai Cheong

Department of Psychology

Lauren Maxwell

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health

Jessica Heckert

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Elena M. Martinez

CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

Greg Seymour

CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets

Date Written: January 7, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Yount, Kathryn and Cheong, Yul Fai and Maxwell, Lauren and Heckert, Jessica and Martinez, Elena M. and Seymour, Greg, Measurement Properties of the Project-Level: Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (January 7, 2019). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1798. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3363753

Kathryn Yount (Contact Author)

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health ( email )

United States

Emory University - Department of Sociology ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

Yul Fai Cheong

Department of Psychology ( email )

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

Lauren Maxwell

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health

United States

Jessica Heckert

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Elena M. Martinez

CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Greg Seymour

CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets ( email )

United States

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