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Feminist evaluation (FE) emphasizes participatory, empowering, and social justice agendas. While all evaluation approaches are laden with their own, often implicit, values, few assert their values as openly as feminist evaluation. Unlike most gender approaches, feminist evaluation does not provide a framework or advocate a precise approach; rather, feminist evaluation is often defined as a way of thinking about evaluation. (See, for example, Podems, 2014; Podems 2010; Beardsley & Hughes Miller, 2002; Hirsch & Keller, 1990; Hughes, 2002; McRobbie, 1982).
Whether you are an evaluator or someone commissioning evaluation, any intervention to be evaluated that takes place within human society and involves human interactions will have gendered dimensions. And that means that you as an evaluator should be able to identify and analyse those gendered dimensions.
This handbook, produced by the Independent Evaluation Office for UN Women, is aimed at supporting those who are implementing gender-responsive evaluations. It provides extensive advice and tools for each of the key steps of an evaluation with clear directions and examples to support the user. The overall aim of the handbook is to provide a clear link between the theory of gender-responsive evaluation and practice.
“Gender affects everyone, all of the time. Gender affects the way we see each other, the way we interact, the institutions we create, the ways in which those institutions operate, and who benefits or suffers as a result of this.” (Fletcher 2015: 19)
“Funding agencies around the world need interventions to address gender issues. This is because gender – or rather, judgements on worth related to gender – can result in inequality and injustice.” (Fletcher 2015: 4)
A key question is ‘how should we assess the gender-related impact of interventions?’ In this new publication, Dr Fletcher provides a clear rationale for why an increase in the number of women participants in an intervention is not the same as demonstrating gender impact, and, collecting separate data on males and females (sex-disaggregated data) is not sufficient.
This paper is a resource for practitioners and evaluators who want to include a genuine focus on gender impact when commissioning or conducting evaluations.
Blog4th October, 2012
I am at the European Evaluation Society conference in Helsinki and I attended the gender and evaluation session to learn more about approaches and practices. The two presenters (Dr Julia Espinosa and Dr Donna Podems) generated good discussions on evaluating gender and development projects, evaluating projects with a gender component, or using feminist evaluation approach when evaluating a project.
The Gender and Evaluation Community's objective is to bring knowledge building and knowledge sharing under one place, and to share the content and experiences from people involved in the network. The community was launched by the Indian Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) in 2013 under the 'Engendering Policy through Evaluation' project.
EventWorkshop29th November, 2016 to 30th November, 2016United KingdomFree
In 2015, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) launched an initiative to investigate new approaches and efforts to address the significant challenges in gender-based violence (GBV) programming in emergencies. HIF will be inviting teams with promising and innovative ideas to a two-day workshop in London on 29-30 November 2016. Following the workshop, teams will be invited to apply for grant funding of up to £50,000 to further explore and/or prototype their ideas within one year.
This book from Universalia Management Group presents major trends that have influenced international evaluation and provides an overview of the evolution of evaluation within specific sectors, such as the environment and agriculture.
Blog20th November, 2015
This week, EvalPartners will be launching EvalGender+, the global partnership for equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluations. The launch is part of the Global Evaluation Week in Kathmandu to celebrate the International Year of Evaluation.
Gillian Fletcher's blog and new resource on Addressing Gender in Impact Evaluation is, thus, particularly timely. A lot has been written about gender impact but what is important to consider?