Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Ladder of Power and Freedom: Qualitative data collection tool to understand local perceptions of agency and decision making

The Ladder of Power and Freedom module is a qualitative data collection tool designed to provide numerical and narrative data on perceptions of the capacities of local men and women to exercise agency and make major decisions in their lives. The focus group module features four questions and two interactive ranking exercises for either focus group or semi-structured interview instruments.

When paired with other contextual evidence, the data provides a strategic entry point for rigorous assessment of agency in a local social context and whether it is supportive of women’s and
men’s abilities to innovate in their livelihoods and the sense of agency and wellbeing that local people are deriving from such initiatives. The comparative evidence can inform medium-term outcome measures of agency that address concerns for gender equality, agricultural innovation, development, and wellbeing in rural communities. 

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