gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation



A method of gender mainstreaming that integrates gender equality concerns into the evaluation objectives but also into the evaluation methodology, approaches and use.

Gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation is used to reveal whether a programme addresses the different priorities and needs of women and men, to assess if it has an impact on gender relations, and to determine the gender aspects that need to be integrated into monitoring and evaluation systems. The inclusion of explicit gender equality objectives and indicators at the planning stage also strengthens accountability in terms of the progress made on gender equality issues. Effective gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation needs to include both qualitative and quantitative data that measure the impact on gender relations. Without sufficient data, a meaningful analysis of the impact on gender equality is very difficult. This also implies that, as a minimum, all data should be collected, presented and analysed in a sex-disaggregated manner.

This form of monitoring and evaluation is sometimes used synonymously with 'gender-specific monitoring and evaluation'.

See also: gender-sensitive


(1) German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GIZ). Tools: Gender-Sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation. Available at: (2) European Institute for Gender Equality – EIGE (2014). Effectiveness of Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Gender Equality: Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States. Available at:

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