In Nicaragua Plan International has been piloting a ‘sports for development’ programme. It follows a ‘sports for development’ model that takes girls’ football to a higher level as a sport, and above all, acts as a driver for girls’ empowerment. The La League programme uses football with the ultimate aim to contribute to empowering adolescent girls and young women to decide if, when and who they will marry and if, when and with whom they will have children.
To reinforce that change, Plan International Netherlands is partnering with the Johan Cruyff Foundation and ‘Women Win’ initiative to engage fathers and boys in actively supporting the girls and to develop opportunities for girls to practice their leadership and become economically independent. ResultsinHealth (RiH) was given the assignment to assess the results achieved by the La League pilot programme to identify lessons learned and document recommendations for improvement of the La League method.
One of the methods used was photovoice. This method was meant to assess the changes as experienced by the girls that participated in the programme. The results of the photovoice were fed into the larger qualitative evaluation. Photovoice (as an evaluation tool) challenges participants to reflect and discuss, provides nuance to exploring a topic, triggers memories, and leads to new perspectives. The method was chosen because of its possibility to gain insight into the effects of an intervention beyond the cognitive process related to goal attainment.