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Thursday, September 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Unleashing the power of data and technology for gender just programming and development interventions

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Join Oxfam and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in this highly participatory session exploring how does technology add value in answering gender questions and, in ultimately implementing gender just programming. This session will start with an intro on the role of data and technology and what insights it could give us for improving inclusion, and for having gender just programs and interventions. Then we will use a world café format to have a deep dive discussion of IFPRI’s work on investigating gender and time use through the use of new technologies, and Oxfam’s gender analytics program of repurposing data to improve programming. This will be followed by a full group discussion and debrief.

Repurposing data for gender just programming
Find out how we systematically reanalyze qualitative monitoring data and significant change diaries to detect gendered patterns using qualitative analysis software, and how we are using these findings for organizational development.
Discover what happens when we re-analyze quantitative data of completed impact evaluations (using RCTs, Difference in differences (DD)) to learn about the gendered impacts of various programming in resilience and agricultural interventions. Are our agricultural interventions equally effective for men and women in Haiti, Senegal, or Ethiopia? What are the patterns of education and asset ownership among men and women and how does this affect food security?
In the presentation, we will answer these questions as well as discuss how we use qualitative and quantitative data analysis software to consistently mine our evaluation data for gendered patterns and how to bring it back to program design and implementation.

Investigating gender and time use through the use of new technologies
How women and men choose to allocate their time and activities is an important component of many development projects, yet studies rarely collect data on time use, partly due to a lack of reliable, cost-effective tools. Existing standard methods for measuring time use include time diaries and stylized survey questions, but these tools can be cognitively and logistically challenging, leading to measurement error and reporting bias. Moreover, these standard methods measure quantity of time and not, importantly, quality of time (i.e., how a person experiences their time, such as the energy intensity of different tasks), which may play an important role in mediating project effects.

In this presentation, we will clarify the distinction between quantity and quality of time, highlight the importance of measuring both when investigating gender-related research questions, and discuss potential technology-based solutions to problems associated with measuring quantity and quality of time. We describe our efforts on a proposal currently in development that investigates the potential of smartphones for reducing recall bias in the collection of time use data through a randomized controlled trial. We also outline some recent examples of gender and nutrition research using new technologies such as activity tracking devices, heart monitors, and wearable cameras.

Speakers
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Emma Fawcett

Evaluation, Learning, and Effectiveness Advisor, Oxfam America
Emma is the Evaluation, Learning and Effectiveness Advisor at Oxfam America
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Hazel Malapit

Researcher, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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Florence Santos

Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager, Oxfam America
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Greg Seymour

Researcher, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Thursday September 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Academy Hall Breakout C 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009

Attendees (25)