IMPACT

Partnering with Women, Girls, and Allies for Gender Justice Everywhere

Rise Up partners with women, girls, and allies who are transforming their communities and countries as part of a global movement for justice and equity. We build power with these local leaders as they work for equity in education, health, and economic opportunity to create a better future for all.

Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 750 leaders has successfully advocated for 120 new and improved laws and policies, impacting 135 million people around the world.

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Our Annual Reports

In 2022, Rise Up Leaders successfully advocated for 18 new and improved laws, policies, and programs, positively impacting the lives of 3.3 million people around the world. We invite you to review our 2022 Annual Report, which details the powerful impact our leaders are achieving worldwide, and the many generous supporters and allies who make this transformational work possible. You can also view our 2021 Annual Report, 2020 Annual Report, and our 2018 Annual Report.

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A Bold New Vision and Plan

After more than a decade of advancing gender equity across the world, Rise Up embarked on its most ambitious visioning and planning process to-date. Read our bold new roadmap for how we, in partnership with powerful Rise Up Leaders, will improve the lives of more than 200 million girls, women, and gender-nonconforming people.

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Our External Evaluations

Continuous learning and evaluation are central to Rise Up’s success. We are proud to share our 2022 External Evaluation Report (haga clic aquí para leer en Español), an assessment of our impact from 2017-2022, conducted by Dalberg Advisors, and our 2019 External Evaluation Report, an assessment of our impact from 2009-2019, conducted by the Institute of International Education.


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Our Impact Methodology

In 2019, Rise Up partnered with the Institute of International Education’s (IIE’s) Research, Evaluation, and Learning team to conduct a rigorous external evaluation of Rise Up’s model and impacts. The evaluation examined Rise Up Leaders’ advocacy achievements in the areas of health, education, well-being, and rights, in addition to their increased skills, capacity, professional growth, and engagement with girls, youth, and women since joining Rise Up. IIE’s team invited Rise Up Leaders to take part in the evaluation, which generated a 78% response rate and was a representative sample of Rise Up Leaders.  

The IIE Evaluation built upon earlier findings from Rise Up’s 2016 impact survey, which had a response rate of 59%. These two evaluations are the basis for Rise Up’s global impact numbers over the past ten years. In both evaluations, Rise Up Leaders reported on national and sub-national advocacy successes, including passage and improved implementation of formal laws and policies, in addition to budget allocations and other advocacy impacts. 

Rise Up Leaders’ reported impacts were included in the global impact numbers if the laws and policies had already been passed or better implemented at the time of the assessment, following full validation by Rise Up staff and in-country experts. Ongoing advocacy work to pass a law or policy was not counted in the evaluation, and multiple mentions of the same law, policy or advocacy win were counted only once. Calculations are based on UN Development Program population estimates for the relevant demographic groups impacted by each national-level law, policy, or advocacy win.

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Rise Up uses a unique “ripple” approach to advance health, education, and economic opportunity for girls, women, and gender-nonconforming people. With a focus on advocacy, innovation, and individual leadership development, Rise Up enables visionary local leaders to strengthen their organizations, lead change in their communities, and advance national-level impact through improved laws, programs, and funding for gender justice, to create a better future for all.