Stage 2: Research & Development
This intervention addresses a root cause of Zambian girls’ poor health and educational outcomes by offering them an innovative negotiation skills training program that teaches them communication skills needed to negotiate health and education decisions with power figures in their lives. The program will be implemented in the context of a randomized evaluation that will isolate the impact of negotiation skills versus more traditional interventions, such as providing information about education.
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Funds Raised to Date
To design and evaluate a training program to teach girls the commincation skills needed to negotiate their health and education decisions.With DIV Stage 2 funding, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) implemented a 1.5-year randomized controlled trial to determine the impact of negotiation training on the lives of Zambian girls.
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The research team will draw on their seven years of experience conducting research and randomized controlled trials on the topic of women’s health in Zambia to ensure the evaluation’s validity and rigor. Partnering with the Zambian Ministry of Education (MoE) and local NGO partners during the design, pilot, implementation, and evaluation phases will ensure that the program design is appropriate to the local context and our findings are practically applicable to policymakers.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Furthermore, this intervention can be scaled up through incorporation into the MoE’s life skills curriculum that reaches millions of Zambian girls. Moreover, the innovative negotiation curriculum designed by Harvard negotiation scholars and adapted to the developing-country context, can be used by NGOs, governments, and policy makers around the world, reaching tens of millions of beneficiaries.