Preventing intimate-partner violence: Impact Evaluation of Engaging Men through Accountable Practice in Eastern DRC
Last registered on June 26, 2018


Trial Information
General Information
Preventing intimate-partner violence: Impact Evaluation of Engaging Men through Accountable Practice in Eastern DRC
Initial registration date
May 04, 2016
Last updated
June 26, 2018 2:57 PM EDT
Primary Investigator
The World Bank
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
The World Bank
PI Affiliation
International Rescue Committee
PI Affiliation
The World Bank
Additional Trial Information
On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of Engaging Men in Accountable Practice (EMAP) on the prevention of violence against women and girls in North and South Kivu (DRC). The study is conducted jointly by the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). EMAP is a program developed and implemented by the IRC to engage men to reflect on how they can reduce and prevent intimate partner violence through 16 weekly group discussion sessions. The study is a cluster randomized control trial in which two groups of 25 self-selected men in 15 communities receive the EMAP intervention while in 15 other communities, 50 self-selected men receive an alternative intervention. Key outcomes examined include: (i) Experience of past year physical, sexual and psychological violence reported by women whose partners are EMAP participants; (ii) Participant’s gender attitudes and behaviors, conflict and hostility management skills; (iii) Power sharing and communication within the couple.
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Registration Citation
Falb, Kathryn et al. 2018. "Preventing intimate-partner violence: Impact Evaluation of Engaging Men through Accountable Practice in Eastern DRC." AEA RCT Registry. June 26.
Former Citation
Falb, Kathryn et al. 2018. "Preventing intimate-partner violence: Impact Evaluation of Engaging Men through Accountable Practice in Eastern DRC." AEA RCT Registry. June 26.
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Experimental Details
The Engaging Men through Accountable Practice (EMAP) approach aims to engage men as agents of change in ending violence against women and promoting gender equality through structured, weekly discussions with committed groups of men. This evidence-based approach founded on the IRC’s previous work in the DRC and West Africa, engages men as agents of change, working to address entrenched views of gender roles and identify positive models of masculinity. The approach follows a structured series of discussions designed to explore existing understandings of masculinity and create more positive models of what it means to be a ‘good’ man, promoting self-reflection and pushing men to analyze and change their own power and privilege, activities focused on anger management are also included. This methodology ensures the strong involvement of women in the process. It begins with a series of discussions with women (not necessarily partners of the male participants) to inform men’s dialogue groups, and includes continuous feedback loops with women throughout the process so that the work with men is grounded in, and accountable to, women’s views and objectives.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Women's experience of intimate partner violence (IPV) from a male partner in the past 12 months; Acceptability of intimate partner violence (among all women; all men); Acceptability that a woman can refuse to have sex (among all women; all men); Use of gender equitable behaviors in the home and in relationship (among all women, all men); Attitudes towards gender equitable/inequitable social norms (among all women, all men); Decision-making and communication around family planning (among all women, all men); Power sharing and decision-making around income generating activities and use of income (among all women, all men); Conflict and hostility management skills (among all men).
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The study is a cluster randomized controlled trial. In 15 treatment communities, 50 self-selected men will participate in the EMAP intervention. In 15 control communities, 50 self-selected men will receive an alternative intervention focused on a non-gender topic. The 30 sites are matched into 15 pairs on a set of socio-demographic characteristic and within each pair, sites are randomly allocated to treatment or control status. Within each community, all adult men (20+ years old) are eligible to participate. In case of oversubscription, the 50 participants will be randomly drawn. At the time of recruitment, the participants do not know what the treatment status of their community will be, therefore, the selection process of participants is identical in treatment and control sites. Baseline and follow-up surveys are conducted with all participating men and their female partners. Differences in outcomes at endline will be imputable to having received the EMAP program only. At endline, 3 men within each EMAP participants’ close social network of friends and family will be interviewed to assess diffusion effects within the close network.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization of sites done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
30 communities
Sample size: planned number of observations
1500 men, 1500 women
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
750 men and 750 women in the treatment arm
750 men and 750 women in the control arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB Name
IRB of the International Rescue Committee
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
WPE 1.00.006
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Is the intervention completed?
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
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Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
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