The Mulheres Mil Program first began as a project in 2005. The project was designed, in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and Canadian colleges, to work with the specific marginalized population of young and mature women in Northern Brasil, many who are poorly educated, socially and economically vulnerable, and excluded from the labour market. The initial goal of the Mulheres Mil project was to provide vocational training to 1000 women in the North and Northeast regions of Brasil in order to improve their quality of life and remove them from their position of vulnerability. Based on the success of the project, in 2011, it was extended into a nation-wide program which now aims at graduating 10,000 women by 2014. The program, thus far, appears to have had a significant impact on participants by helping them to discover their citizenship, restore their self-esteem, and improve family and community relations. The Mulheres Mil Impact Assessment project seeks to provide tools and techniques to help key stakeholders determine the impacts realized from the Mulheres Mil program.
The intended outcome of this project is to provide stakeholders with instruments that will permit the impact assessment of the Mulheres Mil program and further support the ongoing assessment of social inclusion programs in Brazil, and potentially beyond. In addition, through quantitative and qualitative analysis of this program, researchers will contribute to a body of literature that demonstrates the benefits and impact of social inclusion programs on participants, the community, and the institutions themselves.
By examining the impact of this program, researchers will gain a broader understanding of the value of government initiatives that seek to support individuals from an economically disadvantaged population, by providing access to vocational training and education according to the needs of each community and region. It will provide insights into the long-term economic and social value of social inclusion programs to communities, participants, and societies. By exploring the impact on the institutions participating in delivering the Mulheres Mil program, the research may reveal partnerships, processes, resources, tools, and services that could be considered as possible best practices. The research may also reveal possible recommendations for program enhancements, which may provide meaningful data and insights that could promote future success of similar programs.
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