The use of Rasch scales in monitoring, gender analysis and attitude measurement


Monitoring systems occasionally incorporate elements of action research. A water and sanitation project in northern Bangladesh elaborated a Gender Analytic Framework to help organize public conversations on gender roles in household, village and local government. Trained volunteers facilitated sessions and recorded responses to 29 gender-related items in 988 villages over four years. “I myself went to see the Chairman!” analyzes the change in gender role attitudes with the help of Rasch scales. The tool achieves two things: It provides a summary attitude measure out of a large heterogeneous material. It thus makes gender attitudes amenable to analysis in terms of community baseline attributes, WatSan project inputs and pre-existing local attitudes.

Benini, Aldo, Reazul Karim et al.: “I myself went to see the Chairman!”- Change in gender role attitudes in a water and sanitation project in northern Bangladesh. An analysis of DASCOH’s Gender Analytical Framework data, 2011 – 2014. Rashahi and Sunamganj, Bangladesh: DASCOH – Development Association for Self-reliance, Communication and Health, 2014.




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