This brief explores what gender-responsive M&E is, why it is important, and how to integrate it into health programs, with a particular focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health.
This brief addresses gender inequities that health workers who provide maternal and newborn health services experience. Key issues faced by providers include long working hours, poor remuneration, lack of training opportunities, violence, and restrictions on mobility. Example indicators under each area are provided.
While the importance of a gender lens for family planning/reproductive health and maternal and child health (FP/RH/MCH) policies and programs has been widely recognized, as of yet, most efforts to assess gender within these programs have focused on service delivery. This document presents a scorecard to aid in the review of how well gender is integrated into the governance of FP/RH/MCH policies and institutions. Based on the health governance triangle, the scorecard guides users through key indicators that look at the state, citizens, and providers, and provides a simple method for analyzing findings for useful dissemination.
Health financing plays a significant role in determining the availability of health care, who can access care, and the degree of financial protection provided to poor and vulnerable populations. Gender-responsive health financing for Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAHN) entails recognizing and analyzing how gender power relations affect the financing of access to and utilization of RMNCAH-N by women and men, boys, and girls.
Rigorous monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is essential to the success of FP programs, and establishing consistent and effective indicators is part of the work of MEASURE Evaluation, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, to improve health information systems globally. This brief outlines 15 key indicators that ministries of health and organizations can use to inform the M&E of programs that encourage male engagement in FP.
The Gender Competency Self-Assessment Tool for Family Planning Providers provides a method for measuring the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of individual providers in six domains of gender competency. By completing this self-assessment, providers can determine their current level of gender competency, and thereby identify areas of strength and weakness in each domain.
Gathers insights from the experiences of J-PAL affiliated researchers around the world and offers practical tips for how to measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. It is designed to support the work of monitoring and evaluation practitioners, researchers, and students. Throughout the guide, we emphasize the importance of conducting in-depth formative research to understand gender dynamics in the specific context before starting an evaluation, developing locally tailored indicators to complement internationally standardized ones, and reducing the potential for reporting bias in our instruments and data collection plan.
This paper shares Oxfam GB’s experience of developing an approach to measuring women’s empowerment over the course of five years, for use in its series of Effectiveness Reviews. Oxfam’s aim is for this to be an easy and practical guide which shares experience and lessons learned in order to support other evaluators and practitioners who seek to pin down this ‘hard-to-measure’ concept. The hope is that the reader will make use of the measurement tools presented in this paper as guiding instruments that can be adapted to their needs.
This document provides practical guidance for managing and conducting a gender assessment in the health sector. The guide lays out concise, user-friendly directions that are useful for USAID Mission staff as well as other USG partners in carrying out a gender assessment that gathers the necessary information about gender dynamics in a given setting to inform health programming. The objective of this guide is to enable USAID and other USG partners to collect and review gender data relevant to health, and use that information to shape health programming in order to promote gender equality and improve health outcomes.
Given the impact of gender inequality on the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls and the health of women and their children, UN Women developed this programming guide that provides practical guidance and tools to understand the influence of gender inequality on SRMNCAH, and how to effectively integrate gender equality into programming. The guide serves as an important resource to complement and build on existing guidance and tools to strengthen gender equality efforts to improve health outcomes for women, children, and adolescents.