II-e Gender-Responsive Evaluation - Enhancing Empowerment and Sustainable Development

Description of workshop contents

Gender-responsive evaluations can enhance empowerment and contribute to sustainable development. It is important to mention that gender-responsive evaluations do not only apply to girls’, women’s or gender-specific programmes, but represent an asset and even precondition to consider marginalised and/or vulnerable individuals or groups. This workshop will adopt a holistic gender and rights-based approach. Gender-responsive evaluations assess the degree to which gender and power relationships including structural and other causes that give rise to inequities, discrimination and unequal power relations – may change as a result of an intervention using a process that is inclusive, participatory and respectful of all stakeholders. The workshop is going to dedicate special attention to the two following questions:

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

To get started, the main approaches and concepts linked to gender, diversity, intersectionality and empowerment are going to be presented as theoretical framework. Current facts and figures will illustrate the relevance of gender and other categories in evaluation within development cooperation. Then, the workshop will stress the main characteristics and definitions of gender-responsive evaluation linked to an inclusive and participatory approach in theory and practice. Moreover, the purpose of gender-responsive evaluations and the peculiarities of different stakeholders and target groups will be addressed.

The structure of the workshop mainly follows the Project Cycle Management (PCM) to assure a systematic procedure and to grasp all essential elements of gender-responsive evaluations.

With regard to the planning phase, for example, hybrid evaluation models are discussed linked to sustainability. Participatory stakeholder and context analysis are tackled in the assessment phase leading to the definition of evaluation criteria, questions, and design. The workshop will pay special attention to the implementation phase where a mixed-method approach is presented with an emphasis on real-life examples on qualitative participatory data collection methods. Other topics of this phase include gender indicators and sex-disaggregated data. The concluding reporting phase involves the use and representation of gender-sensitive illustration and gender-neutral language and 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, group exercises as well as discussions.

Workshop Objectives

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

The workshop is explicitly open to different target groups so that they can mutually benefit from a variety of knowledge and experience. Moreover, the workshop intends to facilitate this valuable exchange and foster potential complementarity.


The workshop targets an advanced audience and will not cover basic notions in detail anymore. However, gender-responsive and similar evaluations are foreseen to be on the IPDET agenda for the upcoming years. This means that interested participants have the possibility to acquire basic knowledge/experience 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)


Marianne Meier