Journal article: Using cognitive interviewing to improve the WEAI survey instruments

The purpose of cognitive interviewing is to systematically identify and analyze sources of response error in surveys, and to use that information to improve the quality and accuracy of survey instruments. The new paper describes the cognitive interviews undertaken in Bangladesh and Uganda in 2014 as part of the second round of pilots intended to refine the original version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agricultural Index (WEAI).

Webinar: The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index – What have we learned?

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), launched in 2012, has been widely used to measure and understand women’s empowerment and inclusion in the agricultural sector. This webinar will provide an overview of the tool and take stock of what we’re learning so far on women’s empowerment in agriculture based on results from surveys, ongoing pilot studies, and other analyses using WEAI data.

Discussion paper: The Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI)

The fifth Sustainable Development Goal—to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”—reflects a growing consensus that these are key objectives of development policy in their own right, while also contributing to improved productivity and increased efficiency, especially in agriculture and food production. To deliver on this commitment to women’s empowerment in development calls >> Read more

“Little by little, the egg begins to walk”

Attention to gender equality remains an important development goal highlighted in the United Nations MDGs. Closing gender gaps has been seen to contribute to women’s empowerment, as well as to improving productivity and increasing efficiency in general, improved outcomes for the next generation, and more representative decision making.  Motivations for closing the gender gap are >> Read more

Avoiding a blank stare

Using cognitive pretesting to improve the WEAI As a researcher, how often have you wondered whether survey respondents understand your survey questions? Ensuring that survey questions generate the intended information is especially tricky when asking questions on topics that don’t have standardized modules. When a carefully crafted question is met by a blank stare, giggle, >> Read more