EMpower Foundation

Impact evaluation of a skill development initiative seeking to enhance technical and soft skills of adolescent girls and women in non-traditional jobs.

EMpower Foundation and SAATH Livelihood Services


Uttar Pradesh, India

Key Highlights

  • Improvements in attitudes, self-esteem and confidence levels
  • 97% participants suggested the program to other women
  • Increase in ‘life goals’ such as starting a business , pursuing education, contributing to household income and creating their own identity
  • Very positive impact scores were recorded, with the program having a larger impact on adolescents in comparison to women

Impact evaluation of SAATH Charitable Trusts’ Women @ Work Program

The [email protected] Program, designed and implemented by SAATH in collaboration with EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation, focused on training adolescent girls and women in occupations and micro entrepreneurship activities they would not traditionally engage in. The objective was to widen the scope of livelihood opportunities and thus empower the beneficiaries socially and economically, and in the process develop their self-confidence, self-worth as well as other life skills. The overall outreach of the program between June 2015 and September 2016 was 507 participants, comprising of 151 adolescent girls and 356 women in urban slums of Ahmedabad. This study assessed the (short-term and medium-term) change the program created in the lives of the participants.

Research Tools

01. Surveys
02. Technical Tests
03. Interviews


8 different impact areas were examined which were divided into short-term and medium-term indicators. Short-term indicators comprised of attitudes, soft skills, technical skills, financial literacy and health awareness. Family support, employment status, income levels and assets were explored as medium-term indicators. Each indicator was given weights according to their relevance, respective to each target group for the calculation of the overall impact of the program on participants. Baseline and endline data was collected before the start and at the end of the training to analyse short-term impact, and additional telephonic interviews were conducted three months post the program to compare with baseline results and capture medium-term outcomes. Case study and participants’ feedback were collected which provided further insights.