Report of the Commision on Gender Equality Information and Evaluation Workshop: Mpulangga Province -June 1998
For thematic evaluations, the review has highlighted methodological problems associated with treating gender mainstreaming as a goal, rather than as a means to the longterm objective of achieving gender equality. A number of thematic evaluations have focused on evaluating institutional mainstreaming, without considering the extent to which this leads to changes in gender relations. It is important for future thematic evaluations to focus on results, as well as on institutional mainstreaming practices. Problems also arose when evaluations were designed based on the assumption that mainstreaming leads to gender. The conclusion from reviewing both thematic and general evaluations is that a good gender-focused evaluation is first of all a good evaluation. This means that there is a clear and simple objective, a transparent design, with findings based on evidence, clear evaluation criteria and gender-specific indicators. The weaknesses identified in both types of evaluations (see below) suggest a need for overall improvements in evaluation capacity, as well as improvements specific to undertaking gender analysis in evaluations. This suggests the need for training and courses on the whole process of evaluation, which also have a strong focus on how to address gender equality issues.
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