The SAGE programme is a comprehensive initiative to ensure that over 20,000 highly marginalized out-of-school adolescent girls aged 10-19 have improved learning outcomes and can transition to education, training or employment. Working across 11 districts of Zimbabwe, a consortium of diverse partners will focus on providing high-quality, accelerated, non-formal education in accessible, girl-friendly community-based learning hubs.
STS will serve as the baseline external evaluator for the SAGE programme and will conduct a mixed-method, gender-sensitive baseline evaluation that is inclusive of persons with disabilities. Specifically, STS will design a sampling approach, adapt and pilot EGRA and EGMA tools and household surveys, collect operational data from treatment and comparison beneficiaries and beneficiary households across seven districts of Zimbabwe, and analyze and present data through written reports and dissemination events. STS will also conduct key informant interviews with government and community stakeholders and collect benchmark data in formal schools.
Prior to the baseline evaluation, STS will conduct a Gender Analysis to assessing gender norms and dynamics in SAGE communities. STS will collect qualitative data, through key informant interviews and participatory focus group discussions, from adolescent girls and boys, parents and caregivers, and other stakeholders with the purpose of helping SAGE better serve its beneficiary population.
Photo: Under the SAGE project being implemented by a consortium of partners led by Plan UK International, STS Gender Specialist Casey McHugh, led a 3-day training with Select Research in Harare April 8th – 10th, 2019 with 12 data collectors. The goal of the training was to prepare participants to effectively administer the focus group discussions and key informant interviews for the SAGE Gender Analysis study with School-to-School International (STS) and Select Research. By the end of the training participants were familiarized with the Gender Analysis study design and content of qualitative tools; learned the data collection protocols, procedures and best practices; field tested the focus group discussion guide with adolescent girls, and built their confidence and abilities to administer the focus group and key informant interview guides for the study.