Gender and evaluation international online community of practice

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 of 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.

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

Authors and their affiliation

Moderator: Rituu B Nanda

Key features of the Gender Evaluation Community of Practice

The Gender Evaluation Community of Practice offers:

  • blogs
  • discussions
  • events and opportunities
  • sub-groups
  • videos
  • photos

While blogs provide the opportunity to members to share their experiences, forums provide a platform to reach out to members to raise queries, seek information etc. Members have found events and job opportunities posted in the online platform quite useful. The community provides a space for virtual mentoring, knowledge sharing and co-creating knowledge. 

The community also hosts sub-communities of practices, including an opportunity to communicate in Spanish, as well as a recently added group on “Systems Thinking: prioritizing gender, marginalized voices and ecologies”.

In 2015, the CoP became a knowledge sharing hub for EvalGender+ initiative, a global partnership led by EvalPartners.

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

The community offers members tools such as blogs, discussion forums, videos and pictures under one roof thereby empowering the members to be content creators and participants in the discussions around the issues they work on.

In 2015 the CoP was used to conduct a month long e-discussion in 5 languages: Evaluating SDGs with an equity-focused & gender responsive lens (no one left behind), which received a significant amount of feedback from its members and drew in additional members.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

This CoP is a unique community of like-minded M&E practitioners, advocates for women’s empowerment and gender equality, gender experts and others from all around the world.


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