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Tuesday, September 17 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
From theory to practice in gender evaluation: A systematic review of approaches in international development

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Jess MacArthur (ISF-UTS), Naomi Carrard (Institute of Sustainable Futures), Juliet Willetts (Institute of Sustainable Futures)

In the field of evaluation, we are often tasked with untangling the complexity of social change. This is especially the case in the assessment of changes of gender equality in international development programming — both in programmes that explicitly seek to advance gender equality and programmes which may have a wider development agenda.  There is an opportunity to link evaluation theory to the breadth of research disciplines that explore the dynamics of gender equality, “unboxing” innovative ways to evaluate gender-related outcomes. These outcomes incorporate changes in position, power and equality for women, men, boys and girls. They can be foreseen, unforeseen, positive, negative, intended or unintended and can include agency, decision-making, leadership, space, voice, and wellbeing.
This presentation will share findings from a systematic literature review of approaches exploring gender equality impacts of international development programming. We analysed approaches with reference to their alignment with research paradigms and their relative focus on different aspects of gender equality. The analysis illustrates how different approaches to gender equality evaluations are able to interrogate different aspects of gender equality. The review also revealed limitations in the breadth of approaches typically applied, with scope to reflect on the value of diversified and intentional approaches leading to transformative change.
Although measuring changes in gender equality is a notoriously complex evaluation space, this research highlights the opportunity to strengthen approaches to gender evaluation by bridging theory and practice; drawing on a more diverse set of disciplines as well as current approaches to measuring gender equality.

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Dr. Suzanne Evas

Senior Evaluation and Research Officer, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Suzanne Evas has been working broadly in the social services sector for over 25 years. She began her professional life as an allied health practitioner and program coordinator, working across clinical and community settings in the US and Canada. A PhD scholarship at the University... Read More →

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Jess MacArthur

Doctoral Candidate, Institute for Sustainable Futures - University of Technology Sydney
Jess is a doctoral student at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Her research focuses on recognising and discovering innovative ways to measure how water and sanitation programming in South and Southeast Asia affects women. Jess specialises in... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm AEST