Tools to support Gender Equality Plans

  • The GEAR tool (Gender Equality in Academia and Research) provides guidance on how to set up and implement a Gender Equality Plan in research and higher education institutions. Besides detailing the step-by-step process based in field experiences, it also brings together several tools and templates to support institutional change.

  • The online guideline from the EU-funded INTEGER project provides tools for action based on good practices. This tool is designed for peer research and higher education institutions seeking to improve the position and progression of women researchers through the implementation of gender action plans.

Statistical information

  • Elsevier's report on research performance through a gender lens, Gender in the Global Research Landscape (2017), spans 20 years, 12 geographies and 27 disciplines.

  • She Figures provide key statistics on the position of women in science in the EU, across disciplines and acedemic positions. Latest issue: She Figures 2018 (and the She Figures 2018 Handbook), European Commission.

Analytical measures, targets, indicators

  • Science Europe developed a Practical Guide to Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations (2017). Part two deals with "How to Monitor Gender Equality", proposing quantitative indicators (p. 26-36):

  • The EC Expert Group on Policy Indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) suggests a set of qualitative indicators for gender equality in its report Indicators for promoting and monitoring Responsible Research and Innovation (2015, p. 26-28):

  • The EU-funded GENDER-NET project formulated recommendations for the development of transnational indicators in four specific areas: gender equality plans; leadership involvement; funding instruments; mobility. See the report entitled Synthesis report on selected structural change initiatives and indicators for monitoring of state-of-play and progress (2015), pages 16-17:

Legislation and policy backgrounds for gender equality in research
  • Country-specific information on legislative and policy backgrounds for gender equality in research in Europe can be found on the EIGE website.

  • The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research developed Guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming in Academia (2016). The purpose of the guideline is to facilitate the establishment of gender mainstreaming, for example during problem assessment, prioritisation and organisation.

  • A GenPORT report, Analysis of Policy Environments (2015), summarises the key ‘gender and science’ policy making infrastructures in Europe by reviewing the role of policy actors within the national science policy contexts, the issues that policies at different levels are addressing, and the key mechanisms by which they are doing so.

Integrating a gender dimension in research

  • Gendered Innovations website provides recommendations, examples, case studies and tools for sex and gender analysis in research content for various scientific fields.

  • The EU-funded GENDER-NET project developed the IGAR tool: Recommendations for Integrating the Gender Analysis into Research. Guidelines and checklists have been developed for Research Funding Organisations, Grant Applicants and Peer Reviewers / Evaluators. Useful references and examples are also provided, along with IGAR indicators.

  • The Toolkit for Integrating Gender-Sensitive Approach into Research and Teaching (2015) was prepared within the EU-funded structural change GARCIA project. 

  • Yellow Window developed a Toolkit about Gender in EU-funded Research (2011) that addresses both the gender dimension of research content (with case examples from nine different scientific fields) and women's participation in research activities.

Recognising gender bias
  • CERCA institute developed a video on recruitment bias in research institutes (2016). The ERC is using it to train their evaluation panels.

  • The EU-funded LIBRA project produced a Recruitment Handbook (2017) for inclusive, transparent and unbiased recruitment processes.