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

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.

Image credit: Heidi Chase, International Rescue Committee. 


EA$E Theory of Change graphic


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.

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Grantee and Partner organizations

International Rescue Committee in partnership with George Mason University
International Rescue Committee Côte d'Ivoire

Grant status
In Progress
Principal investigators
Jessica Dalpe, LMSW
Jhumka Gupta, ScD, MPH
Start date
Award amount
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.

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