Evaluation is increasingly being viewed as a key tool for accountability and learning in relation to gender equity and general development practice. Admittedly, the gender-equity perspective has not been integrated in relevant policies and evaluation frameworks at the national levels in a majority of developing countries. Interestingly, integration of gender-equity has now emerged as a prerequisite for ensuring quality and effectiveness of public policies.
Because of the importance of gender-equity as a cross-cutting issue in development and evaluation, the mission of the proposed Gender and Equity-Focused Evaluation IDEAS Thematic Interest Group (GEFE-ITIG) is to increase the understanding of IDEAS members of the impact of gender-equity on programme goals and how to effectively integrate gender-equity into evaluation of programmes and projects beyond the MDGs.
- Development of Databases and Sharing of Best Practices: It seeks to develop and maintain a database of Gender and Development Evaluation professionals and all the organisations working on Gender and Evaluation globally. It shall encourage members to write on and share best practices and challenges on Gender-responsive and Equity-Focused Evaluation. It will also include establishing and growing a database of well-done gender-responsive evaluations.
- Advocacy and Capacity Building: It seeks to work with continental organisations working on Gender and Evaluation to build their capacity and role in the evaluation processes. This will be complemented with advocacy and support for gender-responsive evaluations and gender-mainstreaming in evaluation activities worldwide; while providing guidance and support to monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems related to gender mainstreaming.
- Training on Gender-Sensitive Programming and Evaluation: The Group shall conduct a training-of-trainers to expand the cadre of trainers available to help meet the gender-equity and evaluation needs of international development agencies.
- Establishing a World Gender and Evaluation Network: The Group shall seek ultimately to establish a World Gender and Development Evaluation Network (WOGDEN), as the Gender arm of IDEAS. This will organise International Gender and Evaluation Conferences in partnership with other continental Gender and Evaluation Networks.
- Setting Regional Targets for Gender Mainstreaming in Evaluation: It sets to identify regional targets for mainstreaming gender in evaluation; while seeking to popularise a range of approaches to promote gender-sensitive policies, such as conducting research on gender issues in policy and planning.
- Gender and Evaluation beyond the MDGs: Ensuring that gender-equity plays a prominent role in the post-2015 development agenda and the evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); while seeking to find innovative means of addressing the challenges of conducting gender-responsive and equity-focused Monitoring and Evaluation Worldwide.