Incorporating intersectionality in evaluation of policy impacts on health equity

This document introduces intersectionality theory and promotes the use of the intersection approach in the analyses of structural policies related to health inequalities.

The guide was originally intended for the researchers of the European project SOPHIE (Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities and their Social Determinants, and Fostering Change).

This resource and the following information was contributed by Kaye Stevens.

Authors and their affiliation

Laia Palència, Davide Malmusi, Carme Borrell

Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, CIBERESP

Key features

Dimensions of social inequality, for example, gender, ethnicity or migration status, can be seen as intertwined power relations interacting among each other in creating health inequalities. Therefore research, policies and the study of the impact of a policy on health equity needs to take into consideration all these dimensions, as well as their intersections.

The document provides an introduction to intersectionality theory, Intersectionality-Based Policy Analysis (IBPA), guiding principles when performing an IBPA and intersectionality-informed quantitative research. Case examples illustrate the importance of considering the intersection of multiple dimensions of social inequality.

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

The case example is useful for demonstrating the value of an analysis that considers multiple dimensions of social inequity.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

This is a succinct guide that introduces the concept of intersectionality.