GAGE uses multiple research methods, each exploring different but complementary dimensions of adolescent wellbeing, to paint a comprehensive picture of what works to transform adolescent girls’ lives and to shift gendered social norms.
- Evidence gap maps and synthesis reviews explore best practice in tackling adolescent girls’ vulnerabilities and promoting gender equity in adolescence.
- A longitudinal mixed methods impact evaluation will focus on interventions working with adolescent girls ,their families and their peers trace changes over the second decade of life into early adulthood and beyond (in Africa and Asia).
- A participatory research study in conflict-affected contexts in the Middle East and West Africa will work with older adolescent girls and boys as they transition out of empowerment programmes and into adulthood in order to better understand the legacy effects of such interventions including on gendered adult trajectories.
Knowledge Generation Work Streams
Multi-country, longitudinal mixed methods design
GAGE Research Questions
On understanding adolescent perspectives
What factors - including gender roles & responsibilities, family support, social norms, urban/rural residence & access to adolescent friendly services - shape adolescent well-being at different stages in the second decade of life?
How do adolescent girls and boys understand the wider macro - context, and their place in the changing social and political order?
How do girls and boys understand their worlds as gendered? And how does this vary by context, within and across countries?
How much do girls’ and boys’ experiences, attitudes and identities in early adolescence shape their subsequent behaviours and world views?
On programme effectiveness
When is the best time to intervene in adolescence, using what types of change strategies in what contexts?
- Are current interventions too short and/or lack intensity?
What are the cumulative benefits of interventions on adolescent girls’ individual and collective capabilities?
How do existing programmes stack up against more proven, approaches such as cash transfers?
Are there gains from (un)bundling programme components?
How effective is a minimum package approach targeting only girls versus a more ecological model?
What sorts of interventions can catalyse change for girls?