Research Briefs

GIRL Center Research Briefs present the latest evidence on issues of critical importance and recommend future directions for research, policies, and programs.

Insights and Evidence Gaps in Girl-Centered Programming: A Systematic Review
Authors: Nicole Haberland, Katharine McCarthy, Martha Brady.

Increased attention to the needs of adolescent girls has led to a growing number of programs in low- and middle-income countries. Questions remain, however, about what aspects of program design are most effective. This hinders efforts to effectively allocate resources, scale-up programs, and replicate results across settings. To address these issues, we conducted a systematic review to identify lessons learned and gaps in the evidence base.

Measuring Gender Equality in Education: Lessons From 43 Countries
Authors: Stephanie Psaki, Katharine McCarthy, Barbara Mensch.
Publication Date: October 2017

Using data on trends over 10 years in 43 countries, we go beyond simple measures of gender parity to investigate progress in achieving gender equality in education over the last few decades, and to identify opportunities to accelerate progress by 2030.

The Global State of Evidence on Interventions to Prevent Child Marriage
Authors: Sophia Chae, Thoai Ngo.
Publication Date: October 2017

Growing recognition of the harmful effects of child marriage has placed its elimination on the global and national agenda. To address this problem, we reviewed the global state of evidence on what works to prevent child marriage.