Plan International developed the tools to ask adolescent girls and boys about their experiences of girls’ empowerment and gender equality in schools. They are based on ‘participatory numbers’ methodology.
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Results can be used to inform projects that aim to strengthen girls’ empowerment and gender equality.
The first time they are implemented, the tools can provide a rich snapshot of local insights. If implementation is repeated, the tools can allow trends to be considered across time. Either non-probability (purposive, convenience), or probability (random) sampling strategies can be designed to guide selection of communities, schools and participants. Results from studies with non-probability sample designs cannot be generalized to any wider population other than the study participants. Findings generated using a probability sample design may allow for generalization of results to a wider population. Statistical advice will be needed to achieve this.
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Some ideas for adapting use of the tools include:
- Girls Empowerment Star: Apply with adolescent boys as well to inform a comparative analysis.
- Both tools:
- Increase the range of participants interviewed to increase inclusion of the most marginalized adolescent girls and boys. Carry out 3-4 focus groups per single profile of participants.
- Add a structured community or school debriefing and action-planning meeting between participants, parents, teachers and community or school leaders. This can help ensure that communities and schools use the results and support projects that are based on them.
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