Feminist Evaluation and Research: Theory and Practice

This book provides an overview of feminist theory and research strategies as well as detailed discussions of how to use a feminist lens, practical steps and challenges in implementation, and what feminist methods contribute to research and evaluation projects.

The information provided was supplied by Donna Podems, Director, OtherWISE: Research and Evaluation, and Svetlana Negroustoueva, Evaluation specialist. 

Authors and their affiliation

Sharon Brisolara, Denise Seigart, and Saumitra SenGupta.

Year of publication 


Type of resource


Key features

This book explores the 'whats,' 'whys,' and 'hows' of integrating feminist theory and methods into applied research and evaluation practice, based on geographically diverse, illustrative cases drawn from a range of social and health issues.

The book has a focus on social justice models and covers ways to conduct feminist research and evaluation in effective, innovative, and culturally competent ways in diverse social and cultural contexts

Who is this resource useful for?

  • Advocates for evaluation

  • Commissioners/managers of evaluation
  • Evaluators
  • Evaluation users
  • Those involved in evaluation capacity strengthening

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

Reflections at the close of each section invite the reader to consider key questions and common themes across the chapters.

We have used the book to inform evaluation methodologies, and to develop curriculum for teaching feminist evaluation.

We also refer people interested in feminist evaluation to the book and recommend it as one they should have on their bookshelf.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

The book is not meant to be read from cover to cover, but rather more of a reference book, as different chapters address different elements of feminist evaluation. The complete book however gives a very solid overview of feminist evaluation, from theory to practice in a global context. 


Brisolara, S., Seigart, D., and SenGupta, S. (Eds) (2014) Feminist Evaluation and Research: Theory and Practice. The Guilford Press.