When: Tuesday, July 25th at 10 am ET
Slides and Q&A available here: https://www.youthpower.org/resources/youthpower-learning-webinar-early-evidence-gender-and-adolescence-global-evidence-gage
This webinar presented key lessons from the GAGE program, a nine-year (2015-2024) UK government-funded program that is designed to generate evidence on programs and policies to help adolescent girls in the Global South reach their full potential. Through a mixed-methods longitudinal research and evaluation program, GAGE aims to understand what programs are most effective in transforming adolescent girls’ lives. In its recently concluded inception year, GAGE synthesized the evidence base across a number of topics. In this webinar, the speakers introduced the program and presented findings from the evidence syntheses on digital media uses among adolescents, and on what works to ensure effective girls clubs.
The GAGE program is poised to generate some of the most rigorously collected data across seven countries following more than 18,000 girls, along with their families, male and female peers, from early adolescence through to adulthood. While girls’ clubs are often dismissed as a tool to promote transformative development for young people by mainstream development actors, the evidence base is surprisingly positive across a range of outcomes.
Key lessons from a global rigorous review of evaluation evidence can support practitioners to better tailor safe spaces and clubs for adolescent girls and their male peers, as well as highlight to researchers and evaluators what further evidence is needed.
10:00 Welcome: Chelsea Ricker
10:05 Introduction: Nicola Jones
10:15 Presentations: Digital Media & Girls Clubs – Sonia Livingstone and Rachel Marcus
11:00 Moderated Q & A
11:15 Open Q & A
List of Presenters:
- Dr. Nicola Jones, Director, GAGE, Overseas Development Institute
- Prof. Sonia Livingstone OBE, London School of Economics
- Rachel Marcus, ODI Research Associate, Woodstock Research Consulting
About the Presenters
Nicola Jones is the Director of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) longitudinal research program working in seven countries from 2015 to 2024. Her expertise lies in the intersection of gender, age and social inclusion and social protection. She has conducted a wide range of policy research projects in East Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including recent mixed methods studies on child marriage in Ethiopia, gender-based violence in South Asia and cash transfers to support Palestine and Syrian refugees. Nicola has a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill. She has carried out work for a range of funders (AusAID, DFID, EU, FAO, UNICEF, UNDP, IDRC, GAVI Alliance, Oak Foundation, Plan International, Save the Children, UN Women and the World Bank).
Sonia Livingstone is a Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE specializing in research on audiences, publics and youth in the changing digital media landscape. She is the author or editor of nineteen books and many academic articles and chapters. Sonia is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society for the Arts, and fellow and past President of the International Communication Association, ICA. She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 ’for services to children and child internet safety.
Rachel Marcus works closely with ODI as an independent consultant. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a social development researcher and practitioner, with a strong focus on gender, childhood and youth. She has particular expertise in conducting rigorous evidence reviews, and has led evidence synthesis programs on communications to change discriminatory social norms affecting adolescent girls; the effectiveness of girls’ clubs for girls’ empowerment, the effects of different school environments and pedagogical approaches on girls’ learning and empowerment, and on economic strengthening and norm change interventions to tackle early marriage and gender-based violence. For much of her career she has worked at the research/policy interface and in 2015 led the development of a policy- and practice-focused Knowledge to Action resource series on gender norms and adolescent girls.
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