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(Webinar) Measuring Shifts in Power in Favor of Women

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At 11a.m. EST, Sarah Hénon from ActionAid and Eva Otero from Leitmotiv Social Consultants will share reflections on three participatory evaluations carried out in Cambodia, Guatemala and Rwanda, which tested participant-led methods for measuring the impact of ActionAid programs in terms of shifts in power in favor of women.

ActionAid is a global justice federation working to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. Guided by feminist and human rights based principles and approaches, ActionAid seeks to shift and transform power, through empowerment, solidarity, campaigning and the generation of alternatives to ensure that every person can enjoy a life of dignity and freedom from all forms of oppression. The ActionAid international strategy for 2018-2028 prioritizes the leadership of women and young people, especially those living in poverty and exclusion, in the implementation and evaluation of our programs across the world.

The webinar will describe participatory evaluations carried out in Rwanda, Cambodia and Guatemala to measure the impact of ActionAid programs in terms of shifts in power in favor of women. The methodological framework, visualized as a “power tree”, focused on collective, individual, invisible and visible forms of power. The three evaluations tested participant-led methods, applying simple tools such as timelines and storytelling to contextualize concepts and explore the process of change. The webinar will reflect on the potentialities and limitations of the methodology for human rights organizations.


Sarah Hénon is an international development professional with over nine years' experience, specialised in the management of complex rights-based programmes. Passionate about strengthening the accountability and effectiveness of civil society organizations, she is experienced in qualitative research and evaluation methods that can underpin improved programming. Her interests include feedback systems, adaptive programming, open development and the use of evidence and data to place the voices of people at the grassroots at the center of decision-making. Formerly Programme Manager at ActionAid UK, she is currently working as Programme Funding Advisor for ActionAid Guatemala.

Eva Otero has more than 17 years´ experience in international development in different parts of the world. She holds a degree in Communications and postgraduate studies in ´Gender and Society´. Since 2008, she has worked as an independent consultant coordinating numerous evaluations and learning processes at national and regional levels, applying different methodologies and approaches. She specializes in gender mainstreaming in evaluation processes and the development of gender indicators and has an intimate knowledge of evaluation methods, applying a wide range of technical skills to aid data extraction and processing.


John W. Curtis is an independent consultant providing research and evaluation services to organizations in education, labor, and international affairs. He is based in Washington, DC, USA, and was previously director of research for the American Sociological Association. In earlier years he worked at colleges and universities in the USA, Germany, and Kenya. He holds a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.

This webinar series is a project of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. The team organizer is Oliver Moles, Ph.D.

To view past webinars in this series, please visit Innovations in Human Rights Program Evaluation. Missed past program evaluation webinar series? View the recorded webinars Online.