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Co-creating Tools for Measuring Impact of Life Skills on Adolescents: Insights from a Scoping Study in East Africa

The assessment of the impact of Life Skills suggesting continue to be elusive for both ministries of education and civil society organisations. In consideration of this, in October 2018, Echidna Giving (echidnagiving.org) commissioned parallel studies in India and East Africa with the aim of exploring the viability of supporting civil society organisations to co-create tools to assess the impact of life skills interventions on adolescents. This report presents the findings and recommendations from the East African study undertaken by Jaslika Consulting. The report shares findings from the study and makes recommendations on the way forward.

Both the Indian and the East African studies were commissioned for Echidna’s Givings own internal learning and discussions, and were not meant to be definitive research on the state of the life skills sector. This notwithstanding, in validating the findings, many of the participating civil society organisations from the East African region commended the study as relevant and useful for their own programming.

Insights from Scoping Studies in East Africa and India on the Co-Creation of Tools to Assess the Impact of Life Skills on Adolescents

In October 2018, Echidna Giving commissioned Jaslika Consulting to conduct a study in the East African region covering Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda. EvalDesign, a consultancy firm based in New Delhi, was also contracted to do a parallel study in India. The main purpose of the two studies were to explore the viability of supporting civil society organisations to co-create tools to assess the impact of life skills interventions on adolescents  in the study locales. This report presents the synthesized results of the two studies. It highlights the similarities and notes the differences in the study findings, shares insights and makes recommendations on the way forward. The studies were conducted for the Echidna’s Givings own internal learning and discussions, and were not meant to be definitive research on the state of the life skills sector.


The studies found that despite the inclusion of Life Skills Education in the formal curriculum for at least two decades, the subject is still at a nascent stage in the countries under consideration, yet to be fully aligned to their education systems. The studies identified critical gaps in the implementation of Life Skills in the study locales, concluding that there is indeed an urgent need for collective impact initiatives around the development of tools to assess the impact of Life Skills on adolescents.

Value-based Education in Kenya: An Exploration of Meanings and Practices.

Value-based Education in Kenya: An Exploration of Meanings and Practices.

Values are one of the three pillars of the vision and mission of the Basic Education Curriculum Framework guiding education reforms in Kenya. This study led by Dr. Sheila Wamahiu provides the evidence base for the operationalization of values in the Kenyan education system.

Continuity and Change among Adigo Women’s Roles, Status and Education: An Exploratory Anthropological Study

Continuity and Change among Adigo Women’s Roles, Status and Education: An Exploratory Anthropological Study

Few people are aware that the Digo of the southern Kenyan coast were traditionally matrilineal. Already in the mid-1980s when Dr Wamahiu conducted the study as part of her doctoral research, elements of their matrilineal heritage though visible had started to erode.

Educational Situation of the Kenyan Girl Child.

Educational Situation of the Kenyan Girl Child.

This study led by Dr Sheila Wamahiu was the first comprehensive analysis of education of the girl-child in Kenya. Though conducted over two decades ago, issues such as the gross abuse of children’s rights in schools, widening of gender disparities to the disadvantage of girls as one ascends the education ladder, their continued marginalization in STEM, and the pockets of male disadvantage in some geographical locations that were flagged in the report remain current.