Her Choice seeks to examine the impact of the six Her Choice strategies on preventing and reducing the prevalence of child marriage in the different programme countries. A key goal of research conducted in the framework of the Her Choice programme is to determine which (combination of) strategies seems to be effective, and why. The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the research partner of the Her Choice programme. The Her Choice research team is composed of three senior researchers (Dr. Winny Koster, Dr. Esther Miedema and Dr. Nicky Pouw), two junior researchers (Albena Sotirova and Philippe Meyer), two PhD candidates (Rashmila Shakya and Nashia Ajaz), and numerous UvA MSc and Research Master students. The research team is embedded in the AISSR’s research programme ‘Governance and Inclusive Development’.
The research team has conducted a mixed methods and multi-level baseline study in all project countries in 2016, recently completed the midline study (January 2019), and will undertake the endline study in 2020. To best attribute change to programme interventions, the research uses a difference-in-difference design, drawing comparisons between ‘treatment’ and ‘comparison’ sites across different points in time (base-, mid- and end-line). For ethical reasons, rather than ‘pure’ control sites (where no intervention would take place), comparison sites were selected – that is, sites that were included in the programme but at a later stage than treatment sites. More detail on methodology can be found in the baseline study report. In addition to the impact evaluation, the AISSR team is carrying out in-depth qualitative research, including two doctoral studies (in Nepal and Pakistan), and MSc and Research MSc studies. An overview of the publications of our research team can be found below.