Established in 2009, the Global Impact Project (GIP) is an initiative by Georgia State University's Beta Alpha Psi and Imbako Public Health, that strives to allay disparities in education faced by girls in rural Kenya, by providing undergraduate academic scholarships and career mentorship. As of 2012, under the GIP initiative, 13 girls from rural Kenya have been afforded undergraduate education, and 10 more are projected to be sponsored over the years 2014 and 2015.
Towards evaluation of the impact of the Global Impact Project, Imbako public Health collaborated with Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business and Georgia State University (GSU) J. Mack Robinson College of Business to research into the influence of participation in GIP in the USA and the impact of outcome of the GIP in Kenya. The research process involved the design and implementation of surveys, data collection and subsequent data analyses in both the USA and Kenya. The process was divided into two phases with research into the USA phase (phase1) in 2012 and 2013 and research into the Kenyan phase (phase 2) in 2013. Largely, the objective of the USA phase (phase1) of GIP survey & analyses was to evaluate the impact, on GSU J. Mack Robinson college of Business students, of participation in the GIP on: (1) awareness of disparities in education facing the girl child in Kenya; (2) awareness of cost of undergraduate education in Kenya as compared to undergraduate education in the USA and (3) awareness of ability to make a difference toward the attainment of undergraduate education of a girl in rural Kenya.
The analyses was based on a population of graduate students at GSU J. Mack Robinson college of Business, and the resulting sample consisted of the students at GSU, J. Mack Robinson college of Business, who were also participating members of theHonorary Beta Alpha Psi fraternity. The survey was administered and data collected from Oct 1st to Oct 31st, 2012.