Project: Girls’ Education

Across rural Zimbabwe, girls face unique challenges to success. Poverty, early marriage and pregnancy, and a range of other factors lead girls to be less likely than boys to complete higher levels of education. The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) is a Department for International Development program that aims to improve outcomes for girls in Zimbabwe and in 17 other other countries around the world by funding girls’ education projects. IGATE (Improving Girls’ Attitudes, Transition, and Education) is a World Vision led initiative that uses this funding to encourage community development in ten of the poorest districts in rural Zimbabwe.

Limestone Analytics is hired to:

  • assess the feasibility
  • design a financing instrument,
  • lead the evaluation for this program
  • design data collection strategy and protocols

The feasibility analysis and financial design relates to the first iteration of this program (IGATE), while the design and evaluation efforts relates to followup implementations and opportunities (IGATE T and IGATE DIB). The evaluation of this program uses more than 9 instruments and covers a range of outcomes ranging from changes in attitudes towards girl’s education to empowerment, progression, literacy, and numeracy.

Clients / Partners



Situational Analysis
  • Conducting a comprehensive situation analysis
  • Developing the first draft of an integrated feasibility model
  • Comparing alternative measures of impact
  • Assessing opportunities for results-based financing (preliminary)
  • Highlighting key knowledge gaps


Evaluation: Baseline
  • Designing of a quasi experimental evaluation to address knowledge gaps
  • Designing a monitoring and evaluation framework in compliance with DFID GEC
  • Developing instruments and sampling framework
  • Training more than 80 enumerators for baseline data collection
  • Monitoring data quality
  • Analyzing data and developing baseline report