Increased attention to the needs of adolescent girls has led to a growing number of programs in low- and middle-income countries. Questions remain, however, about what aspects of program design are most effective. This hinders efforts to effectively allocate resources, scale up programs, and replicate results across settings. This review looks at how the number of program components, involvement of supporting actors who influence the lives of girls, supplemental “booster” activities, intervention exposure level, and community saturation level influenced outcomes for girls. While findings suggest the importance of multicomponent programs and longer program exposure, each area requires further rigorous research to determine whether and under what circumstances they amplify impact.
Haberland, Nicole, Katharine McCarthy, and Martha Brady. 2018. "Insights and evidence gaps in girl-centered programming: A systematic review," GIRL Center Research Brief no. 3. New York: Population Council.