Validating the Truth about Gender in a West Bank Rule of Law Project

Session Number: 2116
Track: Democracy and Governance
Session Type: Poster
Tags: "hard to reach" populations
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: Oct 31, 2018 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)
Room: Poster 82

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

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Gender assessments are often done in USAID 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 in a rule of law project. 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 D&G 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 in international development projects.