No data – no policy: MINDtheGEPs reports & data now available!

To lay the foundation for Gender Equality Plans in research organisations, MINDtheGEPs has collected various types of data to understand and address the multiple intersecting barriers. The initial step involved analysing the strengths and weaknesses of each national context. But there’s also the local, organisational context to bear in mind. We have conducted interviews, collected data and conducted a web survey to make sure we have the information we need to develop context-sensitive Gender Equality Plans. Our reports on these topics are now available for download. 

Earlier this year, we shared our learnings from the data collection processes going on in the project in the MINDtheGEPs Open Forum series, and in a Policy Brief. Now, after anonymisation of the data collected, we share the full reports. To advance the field and allow more organisations to see what an evidence-based approach to gender equality in research can look like.


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Our first report on the topic, Gender Imbalances at the Macro-Level: A Comparative Analysis of Partners' Legal and Policy Contexts, assesses research and higher education legislation and policies (particularly in terms of recruitment, promotion, and access to research funds), the gender equality approaches adopted in each country to meet EU directives, as well as labour market and welfare policies in partner countries (especially those supporting the "dual earner-dual carer" model, breaking away from the traditional "unconditional worker" assumption). 

Next up was the collection of data from partner organisations. This data was collected in one deliverable. After having been anonymised, and to facilitate reading, this deliverable was divided into three sub-reports.

  • Gender Imbalances at the Meso-Level: A Multi-Indicator Approach to Organisational Gender Data
    Through 53 indicators, such as the share of women in governing bodies or in different grades, the share of women applying for or winning competitive funds, and the existence of gender measures, we offer a straightforward quantitative portrayal of the gender gaps in each implementing organisation
  • Gender Imbalances at the Meso-Level: Gathering Insights from Researchers Through a Web Survey
    Through a web survey addressed to research and administrative staff at partner organizations, we have collected objective data on gender gaps, which need to go together with subjective perceptions on how the research career works and should work and on the existence of forms of gender inequalities. In this report, we share our findings.
  • Gender Imbalances at the Meso-Level: Gathering Insights Through Interviews with Key Informants and Researchers
    In this report, we share the results from our qualitative interviews with key informants (such as rectors and vice rectors, departmental directors; members of competition commissions; the president of Equal Opportunities bodies). They reveal much about the way excellence and merit are defined in partner organisations and how gender biases are viewed. Qualitative interviews with researchers (both early and advanced careers, male and female, representing both STEMM and SSH fields) reveal the causes that men and women see behind their more or less "successful" career, the fatigue they face in getting a stable or higher position, postponing or giving up to private life projects, and the changes they would wish to see towards a more inclusive, innovative, and less stressful science production and environment.

Finally, we share D3.1 – GUIDELINES FOR GEPS' IMPLEMENTATION, a deliverable that based on the data collection performed and reported in the aforementioned reports, provides practical guidelines for putting gender equality plans into practice in organisations. Including schemes on what key areas need to be addressed, what objectives have to be reached, what indicators are required in order to set targets, and the importance of a monitoring system. Guidelines and suggestions are based on the European policy framework but also on lessons learned and experiences gained from several European projects focused on implementing GEPs across Europe. 

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MINDtheGEPs (Modifying Institutions by Developing Gender Equality Plans) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 101006543.

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