Inclusive Systemic Evaluation for Gender equality, Environments and Marginalized voices (ISE4GEMs): A new approach for the SDG era

Authors/editor(s): Anne Stephens, Ellen D. Lewis, and Shravanti Reddy

With the advent of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is a call for new approaches and methodologies to understand and evaluate combinations of these global challenges, their integrated nature, and their complexities. Accordingly, the UN Women Independent Evaluation Service released a new evaluation guide in 2018 on the Inclusive Systemic Evaluation for Gender equality, Environments and Marginalized voices (ISE4GEMs) approach.

The ISE4GEMs approach brings together innovative systemic evaluation practice with intersectional analysis. It promotes transdisciplinary evaluation methods, rethinks systemic evaluation methodology, and introduces the Gender equality, Environments and Marginalized voices (GEMs) framework.

This guide provides an introduction to the new approach and includes a summary of the key theoretical concepts as well as guidance and tools for applying it in practice. It is now also available in Spanish, with the support of the Building Capacity and Bringing Together Actors in Evaluation in Latin America (FOCELAC) project/German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval). The set of 11 ISE4GEMs tools are available in Word format for download.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Monitoring and evaluation; Monitoring, evaluation and reporting; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); UN system coordination

Resource type: Manuals/guides

Series: UN Women evaluation guidance series

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2018

Number of pages: 144

ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-63214-125-5

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)