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Gender+ Forum: institutional capacities of evaluation institutions

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Julia Espinosa Julia Espinosa's picture
Gender+ Forum: institutional capacities of evaluation institutions

Dear colleagues,

Continuing with the Gender+ Forum we want to encourage you to participate with your experience and knowledge contributions. This second period is open from July 1st until July 10th to discuss about last year publications on gender and evaluation.

As you know, several guidelines on equity, gender and evaluation have been published for the last year. However, the majority of them are focused on how to include a gender perspective or equity approach in the evaluation process. No attention has been paid on the institutional capacities of evaluation organizations and institutions to include the perspectives in their everyday practice.

In this regard, we want you to join the discussion about gender+ perspective contribution to strengthen the organization capacities in VOPEs.

Remember we will be discussing about them until next 10th July.

Looking forward to reading your contributions!

All the best,


Lut Mergaert Lut Mergaert's picture
Institutional capacity

Dear Julia, dear all,

Thanks for this initiative! To be honest, I find it a bit difficult to start this 'discussion' without more specific questions you would like to see answered or addressed. Anyhow, to get the ball rolling, I would like to bring in an analytical framework for assessing the institutional capacity for gender mainstreaming. Last year, we did an interesting piece of research for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), analyzing the institutional capacity for gender mainstreaming in the EC and in all EU MS (the report has not been published yet by EIGE). We developed an analytical framework that, probably with some adaptations, may be useful also for assessing the institutional capacity for integrating a gender+ perspective in evaluations. The model is based on 9 impact drivers for effective gender mainstreaming: Stakeholder involvement, Daily routines consider gender, Leadership actively committed to gender equality/mainstreaming, Organizational culture, Structured understanding of gender (in)equalities, Transparency and accountability, Access to gender expertise, Resources, Coverage of policy cycle. For every impact driver, we identified indicators, and assessed the degree of institutionalisation (with 5 different levels). This approach yielded a fine-grained insight into the strengths and weaknesses in institutions' capacity for gender mainstreaming, it allows comparisons across situations, and it makes visible where the priorities for remedial action are (or ought to be). It is also a model that could allow a self-assessment. 

I'm looking forward to reading what others find about such model.

All the best!


Julia Espinosa Julia Espinosa's picture
Interesting contribution

Dear Lut, dear all,
Thank you very much for your contribution, Lut. The idea of drivers for effective gender mainstreaming is quite interesting. We really appreciate to receive this work as soon as it is published. In any case, it would be great to share ideas about it in Dublin. We are currently identifying this kind of dimensions of analysis. Some interesting pieces of work come from gender and organisational change litterature as well as gender audits.
We would really like to share with you our advances in our next EES Conference in Dublin and we are organising a special meeting to work in this topic. We hope to see you there. This could be a great space for sharing ideas and practices.
We invite all of you to participate in the last days of this Gender+ Forum!
All the very best,