In terms of evaluating OPs and following cycle requirements for the Member States and regions, responsible staff or external support are able to specify the needs for the assessment of the transversal objective of gender equality as an explicit, integral part of the evaluation.
The more thoroughly the transversal objective of gender equality has been established in the preparation and programming documents, in particular by setting definite gender equality objectives, the more useful and effective the evaluation will be.
For a sound evaluation of gender equality integration, the evaluation teams need gender competence, including theoretical knowledge as well as process, sectoral, and methodological competence:
- Theoretical knowledge: familiarity with gender as a concept as well as social gender patterns (women and men in their diversity, gender as a structural category);
- Process competence: familiarity with gender mainstreaming as a consistent strategy, as well as with methods and tools for implementation;
- Sectoral competence: familiarity with gender aspects in the respective fields of intervention of the programme (for example business creation, vocational training, etc.) and the ability to define sound sectoral objectives and targets;
- Methodological competence: ability to apply and combine qualitative and quantitative methods and to generate and interpret gender-based data and gender-equality indicators.
GenderCoP conference on gender mainstreaming and evaluation: