Integrating Gender into Project-Level Evaluations - Case studies - ECG Reference Document June 2017

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Evaluation Cooperation Group
Publication Date: 
September, 2017

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The ECG Reference Document, Integrating Gender into Project-level Evaluations, provides practical approaches for Independent Evaluation Offices (IEOs) of multilateral development institutions to strengthen the treatment of gender equality and women's empowerment in their evaluation programs, and more specifically in evaluations of projects. It is intended for three main audiences:

  • Staff who are relatively new to development evaluation, and particularly to gender evaluation;
  • Staff with more experience in development evaluation as well as gender evaluation; and
  • Managers who must lead the gender evaluations.

Recognizing the different levels of evaluation experience, the document is structured to provide guidance on both basic Gender Responsive Evaluation (GRE) tools and techniques required to cover the minimum requirements for incorporating gender into standard IEO evaluations; and to present more advanced tools and methods for evaluations where resources, time and management interest require the application of more advanced methods of GRE. A separate chapter is included on the management of gender evaluations as the evaluation manager plays an important role in: ensuring the gender-focused evaluation questions are aligned with agency priorities, that support and cooperation of operations staff and senior IEO management is assured and that the evaluation teams are able to work effectively with the new disciplines and approaches that might be required for the gender evaluations.

The case studies are:

  • Example of a GRE design matrix: Evaluating a hypothetical African groundnut infrastructure development project with defined gender objectives.
  • Evaluating women's empowerment in a hypothetical Village Development Project.
  • Assessing secondary and tertiary gender outcomes: A Public Transport Project in Eurasia