Archive for the ‘Designing the Program’ Category

In regards to measuring the outcomes, I have been worried about how time-consuming it was to get the women to respond to 30 multiple choice questions. One of my initial ideas was to have someone read off each of the questions, and then have the women check off the box (ie. strongly agree – strongly […]


Measuring the outcomes of the deliberative dialogues is an essential aspect of this project. How do we determine whether the dialogues have had any concrete benefit to these women, and if they have not, how do we tweak the program in order to create those benefits? There are two parts to the dialogues: 1.        issues and […]


The second time the groups met, we usually saw a smaller, more suitable number. Although we asked for about 15 women for the pilots, often upwards of 20 women showed up. Their schedules at work and at home meant they often had to leave early, or arrive late. But they all got a sense of […]


Although our project can seem very un-structured to those who are used to set syllabus or workshop, there is a lot of structure to what we are doing. But that structure also allows for a lot of fluidity and responsiveness at the same time, where it is needed. At the pilot, we introduce the concept […]


The deliberative dialogues we are running have a different format than many of the NGOs are used to here in India. Rather than coming in and educating the women on a specific topic such as domestic violence or sexual harassment, we are here to collaborate with the women themselves on an issue that is of […]


The pilots and deliberative dialogues are a very micro (rather than macro) project. We’re not here to change international laws or to protest in the streets, although that is something these women may one day want to do, or are already doing in other aspects of their lives. I would say the focus of these […]