Validating the Truth about Gender in the West Bank for Program Design

Session Number: 2079
Track: Program Design
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: actionable data
Session Facilitator: Peggy Ochandarena [Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Practice - Chemonics International]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Roseanne Schuster, Arizona State University [Director of Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation; Global Impact Collaboratory - Arizona State University]
Time: Nov 01, 2018 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
Room: CC - 22

Other Authors: Sereen Hoso, Alexandra Brewis-Slade
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Gender assessments are often done in projects using sources other than hard-to-reach vulnerable populations directly, due to resource constraints. We used the cultural consensus model (CCM) as a cost-effective measure to consult marginalized women to validate the truth of gender assumptions and conclusions to underlie program design. Anthropologists use the CCM to elicit information in a specific cultural domain and assess variation within that domain and subgroups. This method can be used in programs to identify cultural norms, beliefs, and behaviors central to program objectives, and design interventions on accurate, fresh evidence. We applied the CCM to test assumptions about gender-based violence in general and “honor” killing in particular, and will demonstrate each step used, including training local program staff to implement the method, and our findings. Participants will learn the theory and design for this method, and how to apply it to support project intervention designs.