Evaluation 2014 Conference

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Standardized Indicators for Measuring the Intersection of Gender and Health

Session Number: 1830
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Svetlana Negroustoueva
Presenter 1: Julia Bloom [SDP]
Presenter 2: Svetlana Negroustoueva
Presenter 3: Shelah Bloom [UNC]
Time: Oct 18, 2014 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: 106

Level: None
Abstract 1 Title: VAW/G Compendium of indicators and overarching issues
Presentation Abstract 1: VAW/G indicator compendium was developed at the request of the USAID East Africa Regional Mission in collaboration with the Inter-agency Gender Working Group as the first of its kind to help managers, organizations, and policy makers working in the field of VAW/ The indicators have been designed address information needs that can be assessed with quantitative methods to measure program performance and achievement at the community, regional and national levels. The main focus of the presentation will be on the monitoring of Violence against Women/Girls, with a particular focus on the role of coming to consensus on a set of prioritized indicators. . Discussion draw on the process of indicator selection and discuss use of appropriate quantitative methods to measure program performance and achievement at the community, regional and national levels, that can broaden perspective and complement evaluations of GBV programs. The presentation will strive to illustrate how the process and use of the selected gender and health indicators will support on-going monitoring to improve equity and contribute to sustainable policy and programmatic change.
Abstract 2 Title: Gender HIV Compendium of Indicators
Presentation Abstract 2: The Gender/HIV compendium of indicators is the result of a collaboration of multi and bilateral donors, civil society, NGOs, researchers and other experts who came to agreement on a set of standardized indicators to measure programmatic areas vital to the intersection of gender and HIV at national, regional or programmatic levels. The compendium is intended to provide program managers, organizations, and policy makers with a menu of indicators to better "know their HIV epidemic/know their response" from a gender perspective. The presentation will focus on the processes and challenges associated with the development of an effective tool for strengthening stakeholders' understanding of their HIV epidemic and response from a gender equality perspective, and their ability to better monitor progress towards eliminating gender-based inequities in HIV responses, and how this set of indicators can facilitate evaluating programs that address specific types of gender equality interventions in the context of HIV.
Abstract 3 Title: Trafficking and Health Compendium
Presentation Abstract 3: This final presentation will focus on the forthcoming Trafficking and health: A compendium of monitoring and evaluation indicators. Similar to the previous two compendiums, this indicator compendium was the result of an international collaboration and consensus building process with experts in the field of trafficking in persons. While this presentation will also cover the process of collaboration and harmonizing indicators, it will focus on additional challenges posed by this newer and often contentious area of gender-based violence, including the challenges associated with lack of standardized measures and data collection in this hard to reach and vulnerable population. This presentation will discuss the importance of trafficking and health while highlight the compendium as a tool to fill the gap for program managers and policymakers working at the intersection of trafficking and health.

Session Abstract: 

Gender inequality has long been recognized as a driver of poor health outcomes globally. In the last decade, there have been numerous efforts directed at addressing the intersection of gender and health. These include maternal and child health, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, and trafficking in persons. There has been a notorious lack of M&E to provide evidence for best practices. Addressing this gap has become a priority for international donors, program managers and policymakers, and researchers. There has been a growing demand for using sex disaggregated and gender sensitive indicators to monitor and evaluate health programs and policies. Until recently, there was a lack of consensus around standard indicators to demonstrate progress towards addressing gender inequality within the health context. The USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project, has helped USAID to work with multiple stakeholders to develop standardized measures for the Intersection of Gender and Health. This session describes the process and use of developing standard, agreed-on M&E indicators for health programs and policies in three contexts: violence against women and girls , gender and HIV , and trafficking in persons. The key important aspects to discuss include the degree and consistency of stakeholder involvement, balance between technical experts and advocates, and priorities of various stakeholders, among others.


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