Evaluation of the Rural and Urban Programs of the 3D Program for Girls and Women in India

This study evaluates United Nation’s 3D Program for Girls and Woman which focuses on the improvement of socio-economic and health outcomes for girls and women, to demonstrate its progress and identify constraints.

United Nation’s 3D Program for Girls and Women, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on improving the convergence of various stakeholders – the local government, CSOs and the private sector players, to improve gender equality and advance women’s empowerment. The 3D Program for Girls and Women is a four-year long project that began in the March of 2017. This study will evaluate the progress of the program and corresponding systems in place to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) outcomes in India for the two years since its implementation. The primary aim of the evaluation is to showcase the extent to which the convergent action across key stakeholders have been able to leverage evidence to deliver actionable strategies towards enabling socio-economic empowerment and improved health outcomes for girls and women. The evaluation will also examine the long-term sustainability, replicability and scalability of the interventions along with contribution of the convergent Approach to improving the efficiency in the local government.
The evaluation will be set in both urban and rural districts of Pune, a major city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The evaluation will examine progress in delivering intended program outcomes with a focus on lessons learned in terms of achieving good results and their sustainability. It will rely predominantly on qualitative evidence gathered using a range of primary and secondary data collection methods such as desk reviews, focus groups and key informant/semi-structured interviews. Where feasible and appropriate, the evaluation will also seek to gather quantitative evidence from program monitoring systems and potentially from structured surveys with beneficiary girls and women to examine program impacts.
The key takeaway from this evaluation study will be an accurate snapshot of the progress made by the 3D Program for Girls and Woman by comparing achievements against intended outcomes. The evaluation will thus highlight all successes and progress as well as barriers to present an overview of lessons learned in terms of good results and sustainability. As governments start moving towards a more data-driven Approach for good governance, results from this study will contribute to promoting the uptake and use of evidence as well as technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs.

Thematic Area

Institutions and Society

Project Leads

Sujatha Srinivasan, Sona Mitra




United Nations Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation