The European Evaluation Society is promoting the creation of a Topical Working Group (TWG) focused on Gender and Evaluation. The large number of presentations on gender at the last EES Biennial Conference (Praha, 2010), the recent development of gender-sensitive methodologies and the increase of evaluative practices related to gender equality have all motivated us to set up this Working Group and we would like to invite you to join the EES and participate in it.
The goal of this Working Group – conceived as an exchange forum for EES members – is to produce knowledge and promote exchange about integrating the gender dimension in evaluation. This includes Human-Rights based approaches and equity-focused evaluations, evaluation of specific gender actions as well as of gender components of larger policies or programmes, evaluation of gender mainstreaming strategies, feminist and gender-sensitive evaluations, and evaluation from a gender perspective. With this TWG we also aim at generating and improving our knowledge and skills on how to commission, manage and carry out evaluations from a gender perspective. It specifically seeks to present and share the different activities related to gender and evaluations: seminars, workshops, guidelines, methodologies, papers, good practices and webs of interest. We would like to connect the different individuals, institutions, organisations and companies currently working on this issue as well as to disseminate evaluation materials and opportunities.
The first meeting of this TWG will be held at our next Biennial Conference in Helsinki in early October (see http://www.ees2012.org/ ) and, if you have not done so yet, we would like to invite you to present paper and poster proposals related to gender and evaluation. The online registration to the 10th EES Biennial Conference is now open and the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to April 15th. If you have an idea of a panel, paper or poster, please do share your ideas with us, and we will assist you in putting together a proposal and coordinating with others.
We are also setting up an email list of individual and institutional members interested in this Topical Working Group. Please, let us know about your interest in joining this list and the TWG.
Please, do not hesitate to contact EES President María Bustelo for any comment, suggestion or question you may have about this initiative. http://www.europeanevaluation.org/about-ees/board-members.htm