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Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment

An effective monitoring and evaluation system is critical to establish the progress and success of gender mainstreaming in fisheries and aquaculture research. On-going monitoring needs to focus on several process indicators, as well as output and outcome indicators on gender-related results of the project. Monitoring should be conducive to adaptive learning, improving project outcomes and steering the project to change its course, if project objectives are not being met. Ultimately, the project will need to be assessed for impacts on achieving gender equity.


Process indicators

  • A gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation system in place
  • Mechanisms for consultation and participation of both female and male stakeholders/beneficiaries in the design, implementation, dissemination of findings, and lessons learnt
  • Participation of both male and female researchers
  • Budget reflects the gender-specific strategies and activities of the project

Output indicators

  • Gender disaggregated data collected
  • Gender analysis conducted
  • Gender training workshops held
  • Reports, papers and other publications with gender analysis produced and disseminated

Outcome indicators

  • Evidence that services and activities of the project reach both women and men
  • Project interventions demonstrate that gender equity concerns are addressed and voices of both gender groups are heard
  • Uptake by other projects and initiatives of best practices and lessons learnt
  • Incorporation of gender into fisheries and aquaculture policies

Impact indicators

  • Gender gaps reduced in:
    • time/labor spent on  livelihood activities
    • income levels/control over assets
    • decision-making at household, community, regional, national levels
    • food security/nutrition levels
    • education completion rates of girls and boys
    • literacy rates
  • Reduction in gender-based violence