This guide explores ways in which maps can add depth to the learning process as practitioners design programs for girls. Mapping leads practitioners through a cycle of information collection and analysis. It supports decision-making about where, with whom, and when to work, and how programs can make a real difference in girls’ lives. Programs increasingly recognize the importance of household and community characteristics in shaping girls’ lives, yet it is relatively less common to measure or map community features as part of program planning. Mapping relevant populations of girls and the features of the communities they live in can inform not only where to work but what further investigation is needed to understand girls’ needs. This guide is meant to spark practitioners’ interest in using maps, to make maps accessible, practical, and useful, and to provide guidance on how to keep girls as the center of focus when making programmatic decisions.
Roca, Eva. 2022. "Girls on the Map: Mapping for Program Planning and Social Change." New York: Population Council.
Adolescent Girls' Programming: Community of Practice; GIRL Center