SHARING IS CARE-ING: Pathways shares its innovative approaches to monitoring gender behavior change

On Thursday, April 16th at the Carnegie Endowment Conference Center in Washington DC, CARE’s Pathways team hosted a dissemination event to share our experience and expertise in Measuring and Monitoring gender behavior change in agricultural programs. The highlight of the event was to share two key processes and methodologies recently developed in the Pathways program: a) the Pathways qualitative Mid-term Review methodology, which drew from key concepts in Outcome Mapping and focused on behavior changes in intra-household relations and in the community and b) the process of developing a common gender-indicator framework for monitoring changes in gender relations within the Pathways Program.

More than 40 people participated, representing over 25 unique organizations, including representatives from USAID, Save the Children, ACDI/VOCA, World Vision, IFRPI, TechnoServ, Land O Lakes, Chemonics, Winrock International, and IRC.

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Morning presentations highlighted CARE’s organizational approach to gender, given by GBV Advisor Leigh Stefanik, and the Pathways Team Leader, Dr. Maureen Miruka, illustrated how CARE’s gender frameworks shape the design and theory of change of the Pathways program.  Kaia Ambrose, M&E Advisor from CARE Canada, introduced key concepts for Outcome Mapping, a qualitative methodology that focuses on individual behavior change in complex system. Emily Hillenbrand, (Senior Technical Advisor for Gender and Livelihoods) and Pranati Mohanraj (Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation) then illustrated how the Pathways mid-term review (using Outcome Mapping) and Gender Indicator design workshop were developed to better understand and monitor individual pathways to gender equality and women’s empowerment among men, women and community leaders in the Pathways communities. The presentation illustrated the appropriateness of the OM methodology for understanding change in gender relations; the Gender Indicator Framework illustrated the possibilities for retaining contextual specificity and cultural meanings of different behavior changes, while offering a common framework for measuring change in key categories across the diverse contexts of the 6-country Pathways program.

Following the webinar, CARE organized three breakout sessions for in-depth discussion on the tools and ideas described in the morning presentation.  These three sessions included a discussion on gender dialogues, CARE’s GED training and the use of reflective practices to improve gender sensitivity within an organization or program; a tutorial and discussion on the Farmers’ Field and Business School and detailed how it promotes behavior changes along a seasonal calendar; and a deeper discussion on the Outcome Mapping methodology and its application at different points in a program cycle.

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This event was made possible by a grant from the USAID Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) program, which supports knowledge-sharing among partners implementing Food for Peace and related food security programs. The TOPS Micro Grants Program is made possible by the generous support and contribution of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of the materials produced through the TOPS Micro Grants Program do not necessarily reflect the views of TOPS, USAID or the United States Government.

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Resources from TOPS Learning Event, April 16th, 2015: Measuring and Monitoring Gender Behavior Change in Agriculture Programs:

Link to the WebEx presentation recording
Presentation slides: April 16 – Measuring and Monitoring Gender Behavior Change

From CARE Pathways:
– “Designing a common gender indicator framework for CARE’s Pathways Program” booklet: Gender indicator design
Midterm Reviews from 5 Pathway’s countries: Mali, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Ghana, and Malawi
– Contact Emily Hillenbrand ehillenbrand@care.org, or Pranati Mohanraj pmohanraj@care.org

From CARE on GBV:
Gender Equity and Diversity work at CARE USA
– Guidance for Gender Based Violence (GBV) Monitoring and Mitigation within Non-GBV Focused Sectoral Programming: CARE GBV M&E Guidance
Gender Toolkit
– Contact Leigh Stefanik lstefanik@care.org

On Outcome Mapping:
– Outcome Mapping Learning Community pamphlet
– Outcome Mapping Manual
Outcome Mapping Community and Resources
– Contact Steff Deprez or steffdeprez@gmail.com, Facilitator of the Gender Indicator Design workshop, or Kaia Ambrose Kaia.Ambrose@care.ca, Care Canada M&E Advisor

Additional resources may be requested of Hannah Cox, at hcox@care.org.  You are also invited to send along any questions or concerns.