Further on, an evaluation of the impact of gender competence development activities should be carried out. This requires revisiting the aims, objectives, rationale, inputs and outputs of the programme and exploring the extent to which the initiative had the desired long-term impact.
An impact evaluation examines the deeper changes that have resulted from the implementation of the gender competence development initiative, at the individual, organisational and, if possible, wider societal level.
This exercise aims to assess the long-lasting effects of the gender competence development initiatives on participants’ skills and the organisation’s functioning. It also examines how the acquired gender knowledge and expertise has been transferred to the organisation and society in general. Most of the time, impact evaluations are carried out by independent expert evaluators.
Checklist: what can comissioning authorities do to assess the impact
- Preparation phase
- Step 1: Asses the needs for (regular) gender competence development initiatives in the organisation
- Step 2: Integrate gender competence development initiatives into the broader equality strategy
- Step 3: Ensure that sufficient resources have been allocated to implement the initiative and its follow-up
- Step 4: Write good terms of reference (checklist)
- Step 5: Select a trainer with competencies, skills and knowledge relevant to your organisation (checklist)
- Implementation phase
- Evaluation and follow-up phase