The four-step process summarised
- Define the problem your policy, service or program is trying to solve and make sure this definition considers how gender shapes the issues.
- Identify the issues your policy, program or service is aiming to solve.
- Using key questions, think about how gender and other factors might shape the policy issue, program or service you are working on.
Gender impact assessment template 1 supports this step.
This step works best when incorporated early in the process of developing a new policy, program or service.
- What else do you need to focus on to consider the different ways women, men and gender non-binary people access and experience this issue?
- Do you think that everyone who accesses this policy, program or service has the same needs from it?
- Do the different social roles and responsibilities that people take on affect the way people access and use this policy, program or service?
- Collect evidence to understand how gender shapes the context.
- Consider the information you already have.
- Think about how to use internal data, desktop research and stakeholder engagement to investigate further.
Gender impact assessment template 2 supports this step.
This is where you can refer to our Data sources for conducting a gender impact assessment(opens in a new window) page for a list of statistics and resources to support this step.
If you’re short on resources or time, thinking about the best way to get the evidence you need is crucial.
- What can we find out from data, research and stakeholder engagement?
- Who is likely to be affected?
- What are the lived experiences of diverse groups?
- What different impacts may be likely for different people?
- Develop an option or options for your policy, program or service and weigh up the gendered impacts.
- Use the information you have gathered in Steps 1 and 2 to develop an option or options for your proposed policy, program or service.
- Consider the gendered benefits and costs and overall gender impact of the option(s).
Gender impact assessment template 3 supports this step.
This step pulls together all the analysis you have undertaken in Steps 1 and 2.
- What are the potential policy options and what gendered impact might they have?
- Will some people benefit more because they have greater access, or does this policy, program or service do everything it can to make sure resources are distributed and used equally?
- Will it contribute to transforming gender norms in a positive way?
- Does your policy, program or service potentially have negative unintended consequences for certain groups of people?
- Make a final recommendation based on the evidence collected and analysis conducted.
- Document what evidence has been used to inform your final recommendation.
- Draft a recommendation and provide a rationale for the solution proposed.
- Consider any mitigation strategies that may be needed.
Gender impact assessment template 4 supports this step.
This step also contains a checklist to ensure you have completed all the necessary steps.
- Based on the evidence, what is the recommended approach?
- How does this approach meet the needs of people of different genders address gender inequality and promote gender equality?