Unpacking… self esteem

Outcome:Women in the Municipality of San Jose de Bocay with higher self-esteem influence local public policies.
Indicator:% of women participants in the Leadership School according to degree of self-esteem participate in local public policies.

Step 1: Identify the key concepts or contents of the indicator

The key concepts of this indicator are

  • self-esteem,
  • local public policies
Step 2: Defining the key concepts or contents of the indicator

First, let us define: 
What does it mean to have higher self-esteem?
What would be the key criteria for women to say that they have higher self-esteem than before?

Self-esteem can be looked at from different angles.
In this case we can determine scales for this indicator and thus intervention strategies can be guided by these scales. Furthermore, depending on the type of project, we can place different emphases.

Degree of self-esteem related to learning and professional development
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Manages and seeks opportunities to study.
  • Has started studies.
  • Faces problems in order to continue.
  • Has overcome problems and continues studies.
  • Has completed his/her level of study.
Degree of self-esteem in relation to personal growth.
  • Participates in community activities (women’s group or other).
  • Does not feel shy or ashamed to speak in public.
  • Participates in activities outside the community.
  • Has the freedom to socialise with female friends.
Degree of self-esteem in terms of improvements in relationships.
  • There is a conflictive relationship (physical violence, psychological abuse and economic violence).
  • Dialogue has been initiated between the couple.
  • All possibilities of dialogue between the couple have been exhausted.
  • There is more communication between the couple.
  • There is respectful treatment.
  • Spouse/partner has improved treatment.
  • There is communication, respect and consideration.
Degree of self-esteem according to participation in an organisation:
  • They express feeling incapable of solving their problems and that their ideas are not important.
  • They attend meetings and discuss other people’s proposals.
  • They state that their knowledge and know-how can contribute to other people and show pride about their culture.
  • They say that they feel capable of taking on any of the management positions in their organisation.
  • They express that they feel capable of representing their organisation before local public and private entities.

Now it’s your turn.
How do you define local public policy in your context?