Youth Snapshot: What is the Savings Evidence Map and what does it tell us about the outcomes on youth?
The Savings Evidence Map is an interactive tool that provides consolidated access to 354 studies related to savings-focused financial inclusion. The evidence map systematically scopes out available evidence through the application of search protocols and rigorous selection and quality assurance criteria. The map organizes the evidence into a matrix structure – by type of results grouped into client, institutions and ecosystem level results and by the type of savings intervention documented in the evidence – interventions focused on product type, product design, product distribution channels and target markets.
Since the first mapping was conducted in 2018, the Evidence Map is updated annually with newly available evidence and is accompanied by a Synthesis Report that provides users with a brief analysis of where the evidence is clustered and where we still have gaps as well as a summary of the approach and inclusion criteria. In 2019, based on a sub-group of 44 studies, Itad conducted a review of evidence that examines the effects of a range of youth savings initiatives. This snapshot adds to the review by looking at a few highlights from more recently added studies that have a focus on youth and their savings behavior.
While this is by no means a complete update of the review, this note aims to walk you through the steps needed to identify relevant evidence by using the map and by highlighting a few results from the additional evidence.