gender analysis

Bringing Gender Analysis to Life: A Four-Part Model for Learning What Works in Gender Equality and Inclusive Development

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Resource author(s): Diana Santillán, Diana Santillán

Key topics: Gender and Inclusive Development, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research

Regions: Global

Related countries: Ethiopia, Lebanon

Bringing Gender Analysis to Life demonstrates how EnCompass integrates four key characteristics of evaluation best practice in gender analyses:

  • Participatory approaches – thinking carefully and critically about who needs to be part of the process so the information is meaningful and relevant for all
  • Appreciative Inquiry – seeking the spaces of equity that may already exist to support a transformation of unequal gender norms and dynamics
  • Systems thinking – looking at intersectionality, or how gender structures, norms, and policies interact with other economic, political, and social systems
  • Utilization – keeping the end users in mind from the start and directly engaging them in the gender analysis throughout the process

Even though our gender analyses vary by scope, location, team composition, and other variables, we weave these four essential elements through our process. In doing so, we uncover opportunities for innovation that enable meaningful integration of a gender focus—with benefits for programs of all sizes and people of all gender identities.

Our four-part model for gender analysis comes to life in this resource through two real-world examples. The first is a gender analysis that supported a monitoring and evaluation activity in Lebanon. The second has supported gender-transformative strategic planning and programming in Ethiopia’s health system. The content also draws from EnCompass’ years of experience in evaluation and gender analysis for a host of donors, foundations, and U.S. government clients.

Finally, this resource is part of a growing collection of briefs and white papers on EnCompass’ values and good practices. Check out the other resources in our collection:

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Image by Crystal Cason/Julie Harris, EnCompass LLC.

Courtney Carr

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Communications Specialist

Courtney Carr is EnCompass’ Communications Specialist, supporting the internal and external messaging and communications initiatives. She brings her knowledge and skills in writing, social media, video production, event planning and television news and radio production to the position. Before joining EnCompass, Ms. Carr worked at Community Science as a business development coordinator. She received her BA in Broadcast Journalism at Pennsylvania State University and holds a MA in Strategic Communication from American University.

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