Using sensemaker to understand girls' education in Ethiopia

This paper is one of two documents submitted by Becca Smith related to the use of the SenseMaker approach to evaluate attitudes towards girls’ education among pastoralist communities in the Afar region of Ethiopia.

View the accompanying methodological background brief, which discusses the use of SenseMaker and child-centred research.

The information provided was supplied by Becca Smith, independent consultant.

Authors and their affiliation

Dr Rita Fierro, Fierro Consulting, and Becca Smith, independent consultant

Key features

This brief provides one example of an application of the narrative-based SenseMaker approach as an evaluative tool. The document highlights some of the key capabilities of SenseMaker through the visual presentation of data. It also provides recommendations for project implementation to improve attitudes towards education and to improve the retention of girl students in the pastoralist context.

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

The brief will be useful for evaluators seeking an example of how SenseMaker can be applied within the M&E framework for a project. It will also be of use to anyone who is considering using SenseMaker and who wants to understand the methodological capabilities.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

It is an easily digestable document that summarizes how SenseMaker has been applied to explore complex societal attitudes and dynamics within a very unique community. 


Fierro, R. S. (2014). Using SenseMaker® in Child-Centered Research. Fierro Consulting. 

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