EIGE's tool for developing & implementing gender equality plans in research institutions

28 Apr '16 Thu 10:0004/29/2016 12:59am EuroGender Online Discussion public EIGE's tool for developing & implementing gender equality plans in research institutions Europe/Vilnius 04/28/2016 10:00am
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Lut Mergaert's picture
Gulbanu Altunok wrote:

I would like to raise one issue which represents one of the big challenges we face at METU in the implementation of EGERA, which is the aim of the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in curricula. The toolbox too offers us objectives in that issue however the question "how" needs further eloboration. I would be more than happy if specific and more examples and pratices on this matter are shared. 

Dear Gulbanu, thanks for pointing this out. Indeed, based on the mapping of instruments that we undertook, it seems that the integration of gender in curricula is still an underdeveloped topic. If anybody can refer us to more instruments, that would be welcome. We did not identify much...

Luciano d'Andrea's picture

I see different proposals to include links with structural change project website or other resources to enrich the Toolkit.
However, in the middle and long run, this could be disappointing for the reades since links become obsolete soon. Perhaps it is better to embed documents in pdf format. 

Lut Mergaert

Indeed, Luciano. Wherever possible, the documents will be embedded in the tool, rather than making external weblinks. External links will only be made if it's really a website that we want to refer to.

Elena Del Giorgio's picture

Dear all,
I 've joined the discussion a while ago but I've spent some time trying to carefully 'surf' the tool and reading your comments. First of all, congratulations to Lut, Catarina and to all those who worked on it!!! Well done!! I found it easy to access and yet very rich, with a good balance between theory and practice. It covers the many complex aspects that seeting up, implementing and monitoring an action plan entails, and, at the same time, it does so using a very clear language! Again, congrats!
I've just a little concern especially thinking about Italy and probably other countries which, however, it's probably difficult to solve: the linguistic barrier, namely English. We tend to take for granted that everyone speakes English in research institutions which is unfortunately not the case. Translating the entire tool in several language would be impossible I guess. I don't know if you considered the problem and maybe thought about some summaries (difficult..I know)

Giovanna Declich's picture
Catarina Arnaut wrote:
  • Are you satisfied with the provided information?

Giovanna Declich again, sorry for the double posting some minutes ago.

I agree with Gulbanu: I would appreciate a lot more information and examples on gender contents in research and curricula (mainly for STEM disciplines). This strand of activity is quite recent and challenging and I think that people interested in starting action plans, or even already engaged in them, need successful examples which could inspire them.

On my part, I could say that in its end the TRIGGER project will have other practices to add.

Maribel Ponferrada's picture

I would add regarding the Step 1, in the point Analysing sex-disaggregated data about staff, a very specific proposal:
we should include students in the data (quantitative and qualitative). Gender inequalities between students exist, and a Gender Equality Plan should include measures addressed to students.

Mónica Catarina do Adro Lopes's picture

I am afraid I may not have been clear enough. I was specifically referring to measures to prevent or reduce gender pay gap in research institutions.

Doina Balahur's picture

As I have to leave for a training with the Ph.D students I would like to congratulate again Catarina and Lut for the very valuable work done and also our colleagues from EIGE for the initiative and support to such a really useful and needed tool.
I also have several suggestions on topics that would be useful to be integrated in the tool, among the already mentioned ones:
- It is important to have an input on the ‘vision’ of the type(s) of changes the Action Plan intends to produce as it orients its whole dynamics and outcomes.
- Very important too: some hints on building/ identifying the ‘change agent’ (without it no change can occur). The change agent is different according to the local specificities of the university/research organization. That is why this would be very interesting/useful both for those who have the direct experience of implementing an AP and for those who are at the beginning of this process.
- As the tool is a ‘learning instrument’ it would be good to integrate a box with ‘bad practices’ (things to be avoided, proved to be misleading, counterproductive) from different direct experiences of developing and implementing Action Plans.

Catarina Arnaut

Thank you, Doina, for all your contributions. They are very pertinent. We will keep you informed about the next steps. In case there is anything else you would like to add, please send us an e-mail. Best wishes from Antwerp!

Maribel Ponferrada's picture
Elena Del Giorgio wrote:

Dear all,

I 've joined the discussion a while ago but I've spent some time trying to carefully 'surf' the tool and reading your comments. First of all, congratulations to Lut, Catarina and to all those who worked on it!!! Well done!! I found it easy to access and yet very rich, with a good balance between theory and practice. It covers the many complex aspects that seeting up, implementing and monitoring an action plan entails, and, at the same time, it does so using a very clear language! Again, congrats!

I've just a little concern especially thinking about Italy and probably other countries which, however, it's probably difficult to solve: the linguistic barrier, namely English. We tend to take for granted that everyone speakes English in research institutions which is unfortunately not the case. Translating the entire tool in several language would be impossible I guess. I don't know if you considered the problem and maybe thought about some summaries (difficult..I know)

I agree with Elena regarding the translation to other languages.. 

Maxime Forest's picture
Lut Mergaert wrote:
Gulbanu Altunok wrote:

I would like to raise one issue which represents one of the big challenges we face at METU in the implementation of EGERA, which is the aim of the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in curricula. The toolbox too offers us objectives in that issue however the question "how" needs further eloboration. I would be more than happy if specific and more examples and pratices on this matter are shared. 

Dear Gulbanu, thanks for pointing this out. Indeed, based on the mapping of instruments that we undertook, it seems that the integration of gender in curricula is still an underdeveloped topic. If anybody can refer us to more instruments, that would be welcome. We did not identify much...

Thanks for pointing this out, Gulbanu. Under EGERA, The Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona is currently developping a database of promising practices in this field which might fuel EIGE's tool. We hope it will bring attention on relevant practices, although I do agree this is a relatively under-developped field (with respect to other areas of actions), as far as structural change projects is concerned.

Anne-Sophie Godfroy's picture
Giovanna Declich wrote:
Catarina Arnaut wrote:
  • Are you satisfied with the provided information?

Giovanna Declich again, sorry for the double posting some minutes ago.

I agree with Gulbanu: I would appreciate a lot more information and examples on gender contents in research and curricula (mainly for STEM disciplines). This strand of activity is quite recent and challenging and I think that people interested in starting action plans, or even already engaged in them, need successful examples which could inspire them.

On my part, I could say that in its end the TRIGGER project will have other practices to add.

We'll also have tools and practice to add at the end of GENDERTIME (end of this year).

Marina Cacace's picture

Unfortunately I have to leave ...  Goodbye and thanks to everybody!
Marina

Catarina Arnaut

Thank you for your valuable input, Marina. Feel free to send us any further insights you may have by 8 May. Warm regards from Antwerp!

Catarina Arnaut's picture

Thank you for your feedback regarding the dimensions covered by the online tool. Before our discussion comes to an end, we would like to ask you to share any practical suggestions to further improve the features / functionalities of the online tool

MARÍA BUSTELO's picture
Giovanna Declich wrote:
Catarina Arnaut wrote:
  • Are you satisfied with the provided information?

Giovanna Declich again, sorry for the double posting some minutes ago.

I agree with Gulbanu: I would appreciate a lot more information and examples on gender contents in research and curricula (mainly for STEM disciplines). This strand of activity is quite recent and challenging and I think that people interested in starting action plans, or even already engaged in them, need successful examples which could inspire them.

On my part, I could say that in its end the TRIGGER project will have other practices to add.

Hi Gulbanu!

You raised a good point and Lut commented that unfortunately it is not so easy to find experiences on this.

This might be due to the fact that in some countries (this is the case in Spain), the approval of new curricula is to a certain extent outside university control, in a National agency which should study, evaluate and approve new curricula or changes to it. Thus, there are a lot of lobbying to be done, for example, in national structures, but that goes many times beyond a concrete a GEAP... although the National structures will not move if they do not have preassure from universities...

Cristina Polo's picture

Good afternoon everybody.
I am Cristina Polo from the University Complutense of Madrid. I am part of the Equality Unit, together with María Bustelo and Ana Velasco.
I consider it is a very useful and complete tool. As a specialist in communications, I suggest:

  • Including videos, audios and images. For example, summarize the five steps in a 1 minute video. Also, good practices could be told by their protagonists through a video.
  • There is a lot of information that could be structured in a simple and friendly way, specially for those who do not master this issue. I think it is a matter of design rather than of content. 
MARÍA BUSTELO's picture
Maribel Ponferrada wrote:
Elena Del Giorgio wrote:

Dear all,

I 've joined the discussion a while ago but I've spent some time trying to carefully 'surf' the tool and reading your comments. First of all, congratulations to Lut, Catarina and to all those who worked on it!!! Well done!! I found it easy to access and yet very rich, with a good balance between theory and practice. It covers the many complex aspects that seeting up, implementing and monitoring an action plan entails, and, at the same time, it does so using a very clear language! Again, congrats!

I've just a little concern especially thinking about Italy and probably other countries which, however, it's probably difficult to solve: the linguistic barrier, namely English. We tend to take for granted that everyone speakes English in research institutions which is unfortunately not the case. Translating the entire tool in several language would be impossible I guess. I don't know if you considered the problem and maybe thought about some summaries (difficult..I know)

I agree with Elena regarding the translation to other languages.. 

Yes! me too. Both in Italy and Spain, even at the university level, few people are fluent in English... the tool would be much more useful used if it is translated.

Elsa Fontainha's picture
MARÍA BUSTELO wrote:
Giovanna Declich wrote:
Catarina Arnaut wrote:
  • Are you satisfied with the provided information?

Giovanna Declich again, sorry for the double posting some minutes ago.

I agree with Gulbanu: I would appreciate a lot more information and examples on gender contents in research and curricula (mainly for STEM disciplines). This strand of activity is quite recent and challenging and I think that people interested in starting action plans, or even already engaged in them, need successful examples which could inspire them.

On my part, I could say that in its end the TRIGGER project will have other practices to add.

Hi Gulbanu!

You raised a good point and Lut commented that unfortunately it is not so easy to find experiences on this.

This might be due to the fact that in some countries (this is the case in Spain), the approval of new curricula is to a certain extent outside university control, in a National agency which should study, evaluate and approve new curricula or changes to it. Thus, there are a lot of lobbying to be done, for example, in national structures, but that goes many times beyond a concrete a GEAP... although the National structures will not move if they do not have preassure from universities...

This is the case of Portugal also (Public Universities)

Luigi Raffo's picture

A technical question on this discussion. Apparently the first part of the discussion is no more available, after the end will we be able to read again the complete discussion?
Thanks

Catarina Arnaut

Dear Luigi, a report summarising the main aspects touched upon during the discussion will be made available within two weeks.

Siobán O’Brien Green's picture

Perhaps there is a role for short YouTube style videos in different languages? This would allow for information sharing from different countries that is current without translating the whole tool for now

Ana Velasco 's picture

Good afternoon, I am Ana Velasco from the Equality Unit (Complutense University, Spain).
I like the overall structure of the online tool.
In the point “Rationale for gender equality change in research and higher education institutions”, in “Benefits”, I would add some examples to support it. Charts might be helpful.

Olga VInogradova's picture

Dear Catarina, and dear All
thanks a lot for organising this exchange,
could you please remind what are milestones - next discussion on updated version? Final version online? Thanks a lot

MARÍA BUSTELO's picture

Dear all, I have to leave now the discussion but I want to congrat Catarina and Lut and the amazing work they have done for conceptualising this tool and for including, as some other already pointed out, a good balance of practical and theoretical aspects.
Being a friendly and clear tool, it does not fall into a "technocratic", toolkit oriented stream, which is unfortunately quite common today for gender issues. On the contrary it shows the complexity of gender structural change.
Congratulations once again, and thank you for counting on us!
María

MARÍA BUSTELO's picture

Dear all, I have to leave now the discussion but I want to congrat Catarina and Lut and the amazing work they have done for conceptualising this tool and for including, as some other already pointed out, a good balance of practical and theoretical aspects.
Being a friendly and clear tool, it does not fall into a "technocratic", toolkit oriented stream, which is unfortunately quite common today for gender issues. On the contrary it shows the complexity of gender structural change.
Congratulations once again, and thank you for counting on us!
María

Maxime Forest's picture
MARÍA BUSTELO wrote:

Dear all, I have to leave now the discussion but I want to congrat Catarina and Lut and the amazing work they have done for conceptualising this tool and for including, as some other already pointed out, a good balance of practical and theoretical aspects.

Being a friendly and clear tool, it does not fall into a "technocratic", toolkit oriented stream, which is unfortunately quite common today for gender issues. On the contrary it shows the complexity of gender structural change.

Congratulations once again, and thank you for counting on us!

María

Thank you for your great inputs, Maria!

Gulbanu Altunok's picture
MARÍA BUSTELO wrote:
Dear all, I have to leave now the discussion but I want to congrat Catarina and Lut and the amazing work they have done for conceptualising this tool and for including, as some other already pointed out, a good balance of practical and theoretical aspects.
Being a friendly and clear tool, it does not fall into a "technocratic", toolkit oriented stream, which is unfortunately quite common today for gender issues. On the contrary it shows the complexity of gender structural change.
Congratulations once again, and thank you for counting on us!
María

bye Maria, you have expressed our thoughts as well. Thanks for inviting us

Catarina Arnaut's picture
Olga VInogradova wrote:

Dear Catarina, and dear All

thanks a lot for organising this exchange,

could you please remind what are milestones - next discussion on updated version? Final version online? Thanks a lot

From today until 8 May, we welcome everyone to share further insights regarding the online tool. We will then process all feedback received and discuss it with EIGE and the European Commission. We aim at having a more finalised version of the online tool by the end of May. 

Catarina Arnaut's picture

Our online discussion is 'officially' coming to an end. We thank you very much for your useful contributions. 
The forum will remain open until 23h59 today. We welcome you to share further input. All your insights and experiences are valuable to us and this project. If you are not able to send your comments today, please email them to: gender@yellowwindow.com by 8 May with the following subject: feedback on EIGE’s online tool.
The report from the discussion will be made available within two weeks. Consult the event's page to download it.
Thank you once again for this interesting discussion!
Lut and Catarina

Dalia Šatkovskienė's picture

 Dear All, 
I am briefly summarising some my suggestions send to Catarine. Some of them is overlaping with those suggested by you and this allows to feel me well in the company of social scientists:)

  1. Clearly define to whom is addressed the tool ;
  2. More attenion should be given to the specifics of the research organizations and consequently to the motivation to start institutional changes in those organizations;
  3. The posibility to find in brief explained  the latest updates in the policy and mainly on the new scientific knowledge not only on gender but also in other concerned fields (with links);
  4. Make the possibility to see information and how deep it is presented not reading all text  (somthing simmilar to the content of the portal);
  5. Guidance  lacks completeness without role and assistans of stakeholders;

I think that the first and the last points are very important for gender equality in research and need attention from science policy makers 
 I rthink that

planwind.at - planning.management.research's picture
Catarina Arnaut wrote:

First of all, we would like to start with your general impression on the user-friendliness of the tool. Please share your experiences regarding the navigation flow, functionality and readability of the online tool. More specifically, what do you think of:

  • ‘Easy to find’: could you find what you were looking for?
  • ‘Navigation’: could you easily navigate through the tool and its sections?

Hello all, 

I could not participate in the afternoon. So I want to send my comments now: 

+ (what I found positive)
Short definition + furthter readings
Arguments
Stakeholders + Staff and groups to copperate with them

- (what I found too complex/not so easy) 

Wording: e.g. Gender Equality Plan – Gender Equality Action Plan etc. rather complex

Definition of Gender – Women and Men/ Transgender etc. is not mentioned.

planwind.at - planning.management.research's picture
Catarina Arnaut wrote:

First of all, we would like to start with your general impression on the user-friendliness of the tool. Please share your experiences regarding the navigation flow, functionality and readability of the online tool. More specifically, what do you think of:

  • ‘Easy to find’: could you find what you were looking for?
  • ‘Navigation’: could you easily navigate through the tool and its sections?

Hello all, 

I could not participate in the afternoon. So I want to send my comments now: 

+ (what I found positive)
Short definition + furthter readings
Arguments
Stakeholders + Staff and groups to copperate with them

- (what I found too complex/not so easy) 

Wording: e.g. Gender Equality Plan – Gender Equality Action Plan etc. rather complex

Definition of Gender – Women and Men/ Transgender etc. is not mentioned.

planwind.at - planning.management.research's picture
Catarina Arnaut wrote:

First of all, we would like to start with your general impression on the user-friendliness of the tool. Please share your experiences regarding the navigation flow, functionality and readability of the online tool. More specifically, what do you think of:

  • ‘Easy to find’: could you find what you were looking for?
  • ‘Navigation’: could you easily navigate through the tool and its sections?

Hello all, 

I could not participate in the afternoon. So I want to send my comments now: 

+ (what I found positive)
Short definition + furthter readings
Arguments
Stakeholders + Staff and groups to copperate with them

- (what I found too complex/not so easy) 

Wording: e.g. Gender Equality Plan – Gender Equality Action Plan etc. rather complex

Definition of Gender – Women and Men/ Transgender etc. is not mentioned.