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Evaluation of gender-aware health interventions in South Asia: What do we know and what do we need to know?

Session Number: 1766
Track: Health Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Presenter 1: Arundati Muralidharan [Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)]
Presenter 2: Carolina Mejia [MEASURE Evaluation/University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill]
Presenter 3: Sara Pappa [Futures Group]
Time: Oct 17, 2014 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: Agate A

Level: Beginner
Other Authors: Elisabeth Rottach (erottach@futuresgroup.com) (202.777.0972) Futures Group
Kaveri Mayra (kaveri.mayra@phfi.org) (91 852 723 4111 ) PHFI
Jessica Fehringer (fehringe@email.unc.edu) MEASURE Evaluation/UNC
Emily Mangone (mangone@live)

Session Abstract: 

A systematic literature review was employed to identify evaluation designs used in South Asia to assess the impact of gender-aware (exploitative; accommodating; or transformative) programs on safe motherhood [19], healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies [18] and neonatal and child health [9]. Half the evaluations used a quasi-experimental design, and an equal number of transformative (N=6) and accommodating (N=6) programs were assessed using such designs. Seven transformative and seven accommodating programs were evaluated using non experimental, cross sectional designs. Two programs used multiple quantitative methods to evaluate effects at different points in time or distinct program components. Three accommodating programs used randomized control trials (RCTs), and none of these noted gender outcomes. None of the evaluations of the 26 programs measured the added value of gender on health outcomes, and few evaluations provided sufficient insight into potential causal pathways by which gender --aware strategies may improve health.

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