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WOMEN'S NETWORKS and GROUPS - Policy, Strategy, and Investment Argument 1 from the Direct Impact Evidence

Wed, 05/03/2023 - 05:48

The impact of women's groups on some core, priority issues - e.g., maternal mortality and violence - is clear from the data.

This finding suggests that a vitally important social change, community engagement, and behaviour change strategy for long-term impact on those core priorities is the establishment and support of women's groups where the leadership, facilitation, agenda-setting, and action decisions come from women themselves. That strategy needs investment.

Example Data


Community Women's Groups

Neonatal Mortality down 22%

Women's Groups

Maternal Mortality down 74%

Participatory Women's Groups

Neonatal Mortality down 32%
Community Action and Women's GroupsOdds of Minimum Dietary Diversity up 39%

Empowerment around FGM

69% Talked to Family vs. 12% in Control

Policy Implication: That development organisations adopt policies that support the identification, creation, and support of women's groups where the leadership, facilitation, agenda-setting, and action decisions come from the women themselves in those groups.

Strategy Implication: That development organisations implement strategies that focus staff time and institutional resources and capacities on creating the space for women’s groups to emerge in all contexts relevant to their priorities and on providing support for those groups to grow and flourish.

Investment Argument Implication: That the compelling evidence demonstrating the direct impact of women’s groups across some core, high-priority development issues - for example, neonatal mortality down 22% and 32% in 2 published research studies - are advocated to funding organisations as further input to their data-driven investment decision-making.

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Why the focus on direct impact data?

A common challenge from policy makers, funders, community members, people directly experiencing development issues, and governments is: Demonstrate your Impact. Prove that what you are doing works. The high quality, highly credible data presented on the cards below is designed to help you answer that question for your social change, behaviour change, community engagement, communication and media for development, strategy formulation, policy engagement and funding initiatives. At this link filter the research data to your specific interests and priorities

Why a playing cards design?

There is a physical pack of cards with this data (to get a copy please request through the comment form for any card). The card approach allows for easy identification and selection of relevant direct impact data in any context. For example if talking with a donor and you need to identify proof of impact say "take a look at the 7 of Hearts". Quick access can be provided to high-quality data for many areas of your work – funding, planning, policy, advocacy, community dialogue, training, partner engagement, and more. A card deck is also engaging, easy to use and share, a conversation starter, and a resource - and they are fun and different. So we kept that design for the online images as it can serve similar purposes. 

What are the criteria for inclusion?

The impact data presented meets the following high standard for inclusion criteria:

  • Positive change or trend in a priority development issue;
  • Social change or behaviour change strategy or process;
  • Randomized Control Trial or Systematic Review methodology;
  • High quality peer review journal published;
  • Numeric impact data point
  • Published since 2010.