LINEA webinar – Measuring social norms

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 2pm BST. Hosted by the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA), this collaborative webinar will be presented by Julian Barr, Dr Nancy Glass (on far right in the photograph above) and Emeka Nwankwo.

Using case studies from programmes in Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia, these presenters will discuss how they are measuring social norms to evaluate programmes aimed to increase gender equity and reduce sexual violence.

Voices for Change (V4C) Nigeria

Julian Barr and Emeka Nwankwo will discuss the work of the DFID-funded Voices for Change (V4C) Nigeria programme in measuring social norms. V4C is using radio, social media and face-to-face engagement to reduce attitudes and behaviours that discriminate against women and girls. V4C Nigeria have designed and implemented a survey of 5,000 men, women, boys and girls in four Nigerian states to assess the status of these attitudes and behaviours. The survey is structured using models of social norms and social norm measurement from Bicchieri, Mackie and others. This webinar will cover the survey design and illustrate findings from the baseline survey.

Communities Care (CC) project

Dr Nancy Glass will discuss the UNICEF-led Communities Care (CC) project, which aims to change social norms on sexual violence against women and girls in humanitarian contexts. The project included focus groups and interviews with diverse stakeholders in Somalia and South Sudan to develop and test measures of relevant social norms. The impact evaluation, now ongoing, is designed to evaluate outcomes (e.g. change in norms) over time (baseline, midline and endline) with 800 community members across intervention and control areas in each of the two countries. Baseline surveys have been safely administered to 800 community members per site and 200 women and girls seeking healthcare, and midline data collection is currently underway.


Julian Barr is Co-Chairman of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) consultancy – Itad Ltd – based in the UK. He is also Results Director on V4C Nigeria. Julian works on measurement of change and performance in a number of fields in international development, including governance, gender, climate change, health diplomacy, market development, research uptake, evaluation and value for money. He has been at Itad for 14 years; prior to this he was an academic at Newcastle University and an agricultural scientist working in the Pacific islands.

Dr Nancy Glass is a Professor and Associate Dean of Research at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and Associate Director at Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. She conducts multidisciplinary studies across diverse global settings to test employment, economic empowerment and safety interventions to improve the health and well-being of survivors of gender-based violence and their families.

Emeka Nwankwo plays a leading role in measuring social norms for V4C Nigeria. He has been involved in the design and implementation of research and interventions including an incidence modelling analysis of the distribution of new HIV infections in seven Nigerian states; a socio-economic study that fed into ADB/AWF plans for the rehabilitation and expansion of water supply and sanitation systems to meet its 2025 demands in Liberia; and a policy analysis of the status of women in legal frameworks in Nigeria. Previously, much of his work has addressed issues of institutional reform and supporting development agencies to improve their effectiveness.

To take part in this LINEA webinar, register here.



To join the webinar, you must call in AND join online to hear audio and view the slides.

1. Register online now. You will then receive an email giving you the access code and toll-free numbers to dial.

2. Log in to Ready Talk as a participant online, shortly before the presentation begins, so you can see the slides. Access code 9272774.

3. Dial in to Ready Talk on your telephone, shortly before the presentation begins, so you can hear the presenter speaking. Access code 9272774.

Other toll-free numbers are available here. See your confirmation email for the link. Alternatively, dial the US toll-free number from Skype: 866.740.1260.

Please send any other enquiries to Michelle [dot] Moore [at] LSHTM [dot] ac [dot] uk by Friday 24 July 2015.

Image: Dr Nancy Glass with project group, on right.

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