Gender Methods Seminar: Using Cognitive Testing and Vignettes in the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

Today, IFPRI hosted a Gender Methods Seminar: Using Cognitive Testing and Vignettes in the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI).

Abstract: Presented by Katie Sproule and Chiara Kovarik, this Gender Methods Seminar will focus on lessons learned from two recent field tests done for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). Using the qualitative methods of cognitive testing and vignettes, Katie Sproule, Chiara Kovarik and colleagues tested a revised version of the WEAI in Uganda and Bangladesh during the summer of 2014. Cognitive testing is a methodology that allows researchers to systematically identify and correct response error in surveys, while vignettes are hypothetical short stories used to elicit responses on challenging and often abstract topics. This presentation will describe each of these methods in detail, how they were applied to the WEAI, and share some preliminary results and lessons learned. Attendees will learn the benefits and challenges of each methodology, what kind of information each can yield, and practical tips on how to ensure that enumerators and respondents are fully understanding the questions.

If you weren't able to join us virtually, you can see the slides and audio recording of the presentation here. Stay tuned for upcoming Gender Methods Seminars in 2015 and please let us know if you have suggestions of a method to present.


  1. Susan Pietrzyk says:

    When you go to slide share all that is available is slide one. You can't save the presentation nor can see the presentation slide by slide.

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