Policy brief: MINDtheGEPs approach to evidence-based policies for Gender Equality Plans


Facts and figures strengthen our ability to undertake cultural and structural actions towards Gender Equality. The first in a series of policy briefs from MINDtheGEPs builds on data from 7 research organisations, providing evidence-based recommendations for how to build an evidence-based foundation for gender equality plans (GEPs) in research performing organizations, based on the assumption that without data, there will be no policy.

No data: No policies!We need several types of data to be able to capture the various push and pull factors that (de)construct gender inequalities during different phases of a research career (early, middle, late) and at different levels (individual, organizational, national). Why? Because gender is a social structure that is characterized by multiple intersected barriers, requiring multiple intersected actions to be removed.

We have collected both qualitative and quantitative data from project partners' organisations. This policy brief provides a summary of our data-based recommendations for research performing organizations (public and private universities and research centres), European Commission and members of the scientific community.

The policy brief will be presented during the MINDtheGEPs Open Forum on 12 May 2023, where Cristina Solera from the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Turin, Manuela Naldini from the University of Turin and Lucio Pisacane from the Italian National Research Council (CNR) will present the results from our rich qualitative and quantitative data collection project and our recommendations for how to draw evidence-based responses to build effective gender equality plans in research performing organizations. 

The policy brief is published on Zenodo: Solera C, Balzano A, Turco F, Pisacane L & Fernow J, No data- No policies! The MINDtheGEPs approach to evidence-based policies for Gender Equality Plans. Zenodo, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7785413

By Josepine Fernow

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Last modified: 2023-08-25