Evaluation of Gender in Research and in CGIAR workplace

The evaluation focused on four dimensions:

  1. Gender in research: assessing the extent to which gender is systematically integrated into the CRPs’ research process and Theories of Change (priority setting, planning, design, implementation, monitoring and impact assessment and into the management of these processes).
  2. Gender research. Assessing the targeting, quality and effectiveness of strategic gender research in CRPs. The evaluation also collected evidence of positive results and early outcomes resulting from the CRP’s strategic gender research
  3. Gender capacity and expertise. Evaluate the CGIAR’s capacity for delivering on the two dimensions listed above. Staff capacity and expertise for gender research in the CRPs were assessed, as well as the institutional framework supporting the implementation of CRP gender strategies.
  4. Gender at work. assessing mainstreaming of gender in human resource management practices across CGIAR Centers. In particular, looking at gender balance in staffing, gender in competencies and performance appraisal, and promotion of equal opportunity policies (career development, life/work balance policies, etc.)

The Evaluation of Gender in CGIAR Research reviewed the CGIAR Gender strategy and current CRP strategies and progress to date in their implementation. The results of the evaluation aimed to enhance the capability of the CRPs and the System as a whole to make research more gender-sensitive, promote gender equity and enhance research effectiveness through better understanding and targeting of different beneficiary groups. The evaluation provided qualitative and quantitative information on the extent to which CRPs (and system) have integrated gender analysis in their research and are engaged in appropriate gender research and impact analysis in order to achieve the Intermediate Development Goals in the latest Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) for 2016-2030.

A video summarzing the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of Gender in CGIAR research can be found below:

The Team

Sally Baden

Team Leader

Sally Baden is an agricultural economist, specialized in gender and development and women’s rights, with a 25 year career in academia, the NGO and private sectors. She has broad interests in equity in economic policy and practice and her specific interests and expertise include rural livelihoods and agricultural markets and the role of collective action in in promoting women’s empowerment. She has recently worked on two major evaluations of agriculture-related programs: an Assessment of CARE USA’s Pathways to Food Security global program (for BMGF); and an evaluation of the Future Agriculture Consortium, commissioned by DFID.
Sally joined Social Development Direct in January 2015 as Lead Consultant on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Prior to joining SDDirect, Sally spent 12 years with Oxfam as a regional and global adviser on agricultural livelihoods. From 2010-13, Sally led a research, learning and communications project on Women’s Collective Action in Agricultural Markets in sub-Saharan Africa – funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sally has also worked as an Independent Consultant for a range of high profile clients including DFID and UN Women – for whom she was substantive editor for the 2015 Progress of the World’s Women Report “Transforming Economies, Realising Rights”. During 1992-1998, she was a Research Officer and Manager of the Briefings on Development and Gender (BRIDGE) project at the Institute of Development Studies, in the UK, where she also co-directed the Masters Programme in Gender and Development from 1998-2000.

Lynn Brown

Team Member

Lynn Brown is a post graduate trained economist specialized in gender, food and nutrition policy, social protection, agriculture and rural development. She has extensive experience in Africa and Asia, including 2 years in Bangladesh managing the World Bank’s nutrition portfolio. She has managed and led numerous multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and/or policymakers. She was the first Chief Economist of the World Food Program and enjoyed a long career at the World Bank. She is now an independent consultant, and is senior adviser to the CEO of Se4all and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General with respect to the Global Panel on Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition, and a representative to this Panel. She is also senior adviser to Harvestplus, the AU Program for Aflatoxin Control in Africa(PACA) and chairs the Global Donor Platform for Rural development’s Agriculture and Nutrition workstream. She is an author of numerous research papers, book chapters, and co-editor of a book on gender and structural adjustment.

Rachel Percy

Team Member

Rachel is an agricultural innovation, extension and development specialist who has both led, and undertaken, consultancies in Africa, Asia and Latin America for a wide range of clients. Her inputs have included monitoring and evaluation, strategy development, project/program formulation, training design, capacity building and livelihood rehabilitation. She has worked in agricultural research and extension, post-disaster livelihoods rehabilitation, training and both higher and vocational education. Rachel combines a scientific agricultural background with expertise in participatory and sustainable livelihoods approaches, gender analysis, and qualitative field research. Her thirty years of experience include over ten years of practical, long-term management and advisory experience in agricultural extension and sustainable development in Sub Saharan Africa, followed by eight years as a lecturer within the International and Rural Development Department at the University of Reading, UK where she taught Participatory Agricultural Research and Extension, and Gender and Development. Since 2004 she has focused on short-term consultancy work and has led, and contributed to, a number of evaluations including complex multi-country reviews and evaluations, such as the evaluation of the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress pilot initiative.

Deborah Merrill-Sands

Team Member

Dr. Deborah Merrill-Sands is the Dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Paul College, Dean Merrill-Sands served as the dean of Mills College’s Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business from 2010-2015 where she also held the Glenn and Ellen Voyles Chair in Business Education. Dean Merrill-Sands’ tenure at the School of Management of Simmons College (1996-2010) includes the leadership positions of dean, acting dean, and associate dean. While at Simmons College, she also co-founded and co-directed the Center for Gender in Organizations and served as program director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change. Dean Merrill-Sands is the author of numerous journal articles, monographs and book chapters. Her research focuses on diversity and gender dynamics in the workplace, women and leadership, organizational effectiveness and leading change. Most recently, she has explored business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. In addition to her background in education, Dean Merrill-Sands has extensive experience in public service with organizations such as the Ford Foundation, World Bank, The Hague, and the United Nations. She has also consulted to for-profit, not-for-profit and intergovernmental organizations on policies and practices for managing diversity to enhance organizational effectiveness. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Hampshire College. Past board work includes the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology Board of Governors and Executive Committee in Nairobi, Kenya and secretary of the International Service for National Agricultural Research the Board of Trustees, The Hague, Netherlands.