Understanding and measuring women's psychosocial agency: a methodological framework

A Research in Progress seminar with Dr Mónica Grau Sarabia
Thursday 16 May 2024, 13:00 - 14:00
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Room 4.39
International Institute of Social Studies
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Mónica Grau Sarabia

In this Research in Progress seminar, Mónica Grau Sarabia will present her research on women's economic and psychological empowerment.

She will present the methodological framework to understand and measure women's agency, the PACER Scale (Psychosocial Agency; Cognitive, Emotional and Relational), together with the Subjective Process of Agency.

The framework results from the research project Women's Economic and Psychological Empowerment-EMPOWER.

Grau Sarabia will argue that gender data is crucial for tracking progress in promoting equality, yet reliable collection methods remain challenging. Despite initiatives over the last decade, measuring women's agency is still understudied and commonly used measures may not fully capture the diverse nature of women's agency. 

To fill these gaps, the EMPOWER project has developed a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative methodology to measure agency, filling a crucial gap in the field. The methodological framework presented provides international organizations and NGOs with clear indicators to measure their impact on women's development and empowerment initiatives, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of their interventions.

The PACER framework brings together feminist economics, gender and development, and social psychology to develop a comprehensive empirical framework to conceptualise and measure agency and transformative process in the frame of programs that enable women's economic justice and rights and beyond. 

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The Research in Progress seminars provide an informal venue for presentations of ongoing research by ISS scholars and other scholars from the wider development studies community.

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