How to manage gender-responsive evaluation

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-responsive evaluation has two essential elements: what the evaluation examines and how it is undertaken. It assesses the degree to which gender and power relationships—including structural and other causes that give rise to inequities, discrimination and unfair power relations, change as a result of an intervention using a process that is inclusive, participatory and respectful of all stakeholders (rights holders and duty bearers).

Gender-responsive evaluation promotes accountability to gender equality, human rights and women’s empowerment commitments by providing information on the way in which development programmes are affecting women and men differently and contributing towards achievement of these commitments. It is applicable to all types of development programming, not just gender-specific work."


  • Introduction to gender-responsive evaluation
  • Gender-responsive evaluation in un women
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Conduct
  • Reporting
  • Use and follow-up 
  • Tools


UN Women (2015). How to manage gender-responsive evaluation, Independent Evaluation Office. Retrieved from: