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Capturing adolescents’ agency, voice and confidence through innovative research tools

30.06.21 | Voice and agency | Nepal

Authors

Amita Vyas, Megan Landry, Nitasha Nagaraj, Nidhi Dubey and Richa Hingorani

Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) is the largest global study on adolescents following 20,000 girls and boys in developing countries to understand what works to enhance adolescent capabilities and empowerment. From 2019-21, Global Health Strategies led a research project as part of GAGE and supported by Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to refine existing gender measures and scales to capture adolescents’ voice and agency more effectively. Measures were developed and pilot tested in India with over 250 adolescents and ultimately validated in Nepal to assess the measures’ applicability across other South Asian countries. Our analysis revealed that the understanding of gender is far more nuanced in these countries and developing contextualised gender measures is instrumental in being able to capture adolescents’ agency and voice conclusively.

Suggested citation

Vyas, A., Landry, M., Nagaraj, N., Dubey, N. and Hingorani, R. (2021) ‘Capturing adolescents’ agency, voice and confidence through innovative research tools.’ Policy brief. New York: Global Health Strategies


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