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

Kathryn M. Yount, Yuk Fai Cheong, Lauren Maxwell, Jessica Heckert, Elena M. Martinez and Gregory Seymour

No 1798, IFPRI discussion papers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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; item response theory; women’s agency; women’s empowerment; Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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