Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Liberia 2010
The goal of the Impact Evaluation of the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (EPAG) is to provide 2500 young Liberian women with livelihood and life skills training and facilitate their transition to productive work. Data collected during the baseline survey provide a comprehensive socioeconomic profile of the 2008 young women who applied for and met the eligibility requirements for the EPAG program in June/July 2010.
The purpose of the baseline survey is twofold: (i) to benchmark the socioeconomic status of each study participant as a measure of comparison against the midline and endline survey data; and (ii) to investigate the validity of the treatment and control groups, confirming that there are no, or few, statistically significant differences in observable characteristics between the treatment and control groups.
The program consists of six-months of classroom training followed by six-months of placement and support (including micro-enterprise advisory services and internship and job placement assistance). Girls are trained in business development skills (BDS) and or job skills (JS) targeted to sectors with high demand for workers. In Round 1, 65% of trainees received Business Development Skills Training (BDS) and 35% were trained in Job Skills (JS). All JS trainees also receive training in entrepreneurship skills. All participants receive life skills training specifically designed for Liberian girls.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
- v0.1: Edited anonymous dataset for public distribution
Nine communities in Greater Monrovia and Kakata City.
Unit of analysis
This study describes:
EPAG was originally targeted to young women who were:
i) between age 16 and 24;
ii) possessed basic literacy and numeracy skills;
iii) not in school (although night school was okay); and
iv) living in one of nine target communities in and around Monrovia.
Producers and sponsors
The World Bank - Africa Gender Innovation Lab
The EPAG impact evaluation employs a randomized pipeline research design in which recruits were randomly assigned to receive training in either Round 1 (March 2010 to February 2011) or Round 2 (July 2011 to June 2012). Impact is defined as the change in outcomes between the time the program starts and six months after the classroom training ends, as compared to a statistically similar control group (the Round 2 trainees). This control group is used to establish a "counterfactual" -a reasonable approximation of what would have happened to the Round 1 trainees had they not entered the program. 1273 girls were randomly selected to begin training in Round 1 (the treatment group).
Deviations from sample design
The eligibility criteria stemmed from the project's objective to reach young women at an early enough age to alter the trajectory of their working years, to focus on girls who already had the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to succeed in the labor market, and to avoid incentivizing anyone to drop out of school. However, recruitment—particularly for younger girls who were both not in school and literate—proved challenging and the age limit was raised to 27.
Of the 2,106 girls recruited for the project, 2,005 girls responded to the baseline survey (a response rate of 95.2%).
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
Two instruments were developed for the EPAG baseline survey: one for the young women who were eligible for the program, and one for the head of the household in which she resided.
Data entry was conducted by trained clerks using CS-PRO software, and data analysis was conducted using SPSS and Stata.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Shubha Chakravarty, The World Bank - Africa Gender Innovation Lab. Liberia - Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG) in Liberia 2010. Ref. LBR_2010_EPAG-BL_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.