Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Amy Jersild


The capstone examines women’s empowerment (WE) programming since the 1970s. It examines a wide variety of sources, including journal articles, academic papers, books, and reports published by leading development agencies, organizations, and practitioners from around the world. Source cited in the review date from the late 1980s to 2014 in order to develop a complete account of WE programming through the decades. The capstone divides the literature review into two parts: Engaging Men in WE Programming and Common Evaluation Approaches and their Merits to Women’s Empowerment Programming.

From the literature review, a framework was built to conduct M&E activities for WE projects that actively engage men as key stakeholders. The framework shows how a participatory approach to M&E can produce accurate and comprehensive evaluation findings by incorporating participatory principles and taking a holistic approach to data collection. The framework is general in scope, giving it versatility and applicability to WE projects working in differentcultural and societal contexts.


Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Inequality and Stratification | Politics and Social Change | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies