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I-e: Gender-responsive Evaluation: Enhancing empowerment and sustainable development

Part of
Session One
July 18 - 20
Recommended for
Comissioners, Evaluators, Parlamentarians, Policy Makers


Gender-responsive evaluations can enhance empowerment and contribute to sustainable development. Do gender-responsive evaluations only apply to female or gender-specific programmes? No, not at all. They represent an asset and even precondition to consider marginalised and/or vulnerable individuals. This workshop adopts a holistic gender and rights-based approach. Gender-responsive evaluations assess the degree to which gender and power relationships may change as result of an intervention using a process that is inclusive, participatory and respectful of all stakeholders. This comprises structural and other causes that give rise to inequities, discrimination and unequal power relations. The workshop intends to answer two main questions:

  • What elements do gender-responsive evaluations examine (content/results)?
  • How are gender-responsive evaluations being conducted (process/methods)?

To start, main concepts linked to gender, diversity, intersectionality and empowerment are presented as theoretical framework. Practical examples illustrate the relevance of gender and other categories in evaluation within development cooperation. The workshop stresses characteristics of gender-responsive evaluation linked to an inclusive and participatory approach in theory and practice. Moreover, it addresses the purpose of gender-responsive evaluations and the peculiarities of different stakeholders.

The structure of the workshop follows the Project Cycle Management (PCM) to assure a systematic procedure. With regard to the planning phase, hybrid evaluation models are discussed linked to sustainability. The assessment phase concentrates on stakeholder and context analysis paving the way for evaluation criteria, questions, and design. The workshop pays special attention to the implementation phase where a mixed-method approach is presented featuring real-life examples on qualitative participatory data collection methods. The concluding reporting phase focuses on gender-sensitive illustration and language, and it raises advocacy issues.

Overall, the workshop strives for an open-minded and interactive atmosphere (feedback culture and mutual learning). Theoretical modules are combined with practical examples from various socio-cultural contexts, various group exercises as well as discussions.


The participants

  • develop a general understanding of gender-responsiveness linked to evaluation,
  • know how to assess and apply an inclusive, participatory, and respectful evaluation approach,
  • get familiar with constitutive elements of gender-responsive evaluations (content/results),
  • understand the way gender-responsive evaluations are conducted (process),
  • have an overview of different data collection tools and their practical implementation (methods).

recommended for

Primary target group: The workshop is targeting evaluators and commissioners in development cooperation.
Secondary target group: The workshop addresses users of evaluations, politicians, policy makers and parliamentarians.

The workshop is explicitly open to different target groups so that all the participants can mutually benefit from knowledge and experience from various fields and socio-cultural contexts. Moreover, the workshop intends to facilitate this exchange and foster complementarity. Didactically, the instructor will activate participants through interactive methods. This means that workshop attendees should be ready to engage in potentially unusual teaching approaches.


The workshop targets an advanced audience and will not cover basics in detail anymore. The workshop is high-mid-level. Participants should be familiar with the evaluation field and basic social science research methodology. However, gender-responsive and similar evaluations are foreseen in the IPDET agenda for the upcoming years. This means that interested participants have the possibility to acquire basic knowledge/experience in a first phase, to then possibly attend a similar workshop at a later stage.


Basic knowledge on…

  • quantitative and qualitative research and data collection methods,
  • monitoring and evaluation,
  • Project Cycle Management (PCM).