Adapting Economic and Social Empowerment (EA$E) gender equity groups for forcibly displaced populations

Project Summary: 

This grant was awarded through E4A’s special Call for Proposals: Approaches to Advance Gender Equity From Around the Globe. The investigators are evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of adapting an internationally developed women’s protection and empowerment intervention – Economic and Social Empowerment (EA$E) – for forcibly displaced populations (FDPs) in Phoenix, AZ to address the unique challenges women and households face in achieving gender equity. The researchers are testing: 1) What programmatic components from EA$E are perceived (or not perceived) as acceptable, appropriate, and feasible by US-based FDPs; 2) Why are some programmatic components perceived as acceptable (or not acceptable) for US-based FDPs; and 3) What are the barriers and facilitators to implementing an adapted version of EA$E by International Rescue Committee’s US-based offices. Findings will lead to the formulation of data-informed recommendations for adapting EA$E for US-based FDPs.

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Image credit: Heidi Chase, International Rescue Committee. 


The researchers are employing a mixed-methods research approach guided by the Administration phase of the ADAPT-ITT model. Data are being collected on implementation outcomes (acceptability, appropriateness, perceived feasibility) and preliminary perceptions of intervention outcomes pertaining to gender equity (acceptance of IPV, economic IPV, joint household decision-making). Quantitative data consists of brief surveys, and qualitative data consists of focus group discussions and field notes.

International Partner Organization: 
Principal Investigators: 

Jessica Dalpe, LMSW

Jhumka Gupta, ScD, MPH

Grant Start Date: 
January 2021
Award Amount & Duration: 

$244,784 & 24 months

Stage of Adaptation: 

Feasibility test of specific components for use in the U.S

Country of Origin: 

Côte d'Ivoire

Translatable to: 

Forcibly displaced populations (FDPs) arriving in U.S.