Once we have got started, STEP 2 concerns the analysis and assessment of the status quo in the organisation.

The Gear Tool step-by-step Guide (EIGE) refers to six key items for analysis and assessment of the status quo in RPOs:

  • Decide who will carry out the analysis
  • Review relevant legislation and policies in your country
  • Identify existing measures for the promotion of Gender Equality (GE)
  • Decide on the indicators that you want to focus on
  • Collect sex-disaggregated data about staff and students
  • Analyse the data collected

Let’s now see what is important for the analysis of the status quo of RPOs aimed at developing a GEP with an integrated Gender Budgeting (GB) approach. First of all, a well-trained and motivated working group is needed to design, implement and support a GEPGB.

The Working Group (WG) in charge of designing and implementing the GEPGB should be a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral group that manages all phases and all activities of the project. It should lead and streamline the design, implementation and evaluation of GEPGB tailored to the implementing institution’s context by considering both the national and European contexts. It should engage relevant community members, actors/structures, and individuals to be actively involved in the GEPGB design to achieve such an objective.

It should track progress towards the defined goals. Before starting to design the WG roles and functions, it is essential to gain the support
of RPOs’ senior management (dean, vice-dean, director of the institute, manager, etc.) whose involvement and active participation are key to the success of GEPGB.

The establishment of the GEPGB WG should be carried out in three phases:

1. Preparation of Guidelines/Regulation defining the GEPGB WG role, duties, functions, tools and position within the RPO chart and organisation;

2. Selection of the components of the WG and invitation to join the WG;

3. Establishment of the GEPGB WG;

4. Definition of a programme of activities, to-do list and scheduling of internal meetings to draw up the first GEPGB or implement it;

Look at involvement strategies and key recommendations for a successful WG in LeTSGEPs Handbook.

LeTSGEPs Handbook is available in open access here in English and in the national languages of LeTSGEPs partners (Albanian, French, German, Italian, Serbian, Spanish). There is also a version in English for people with visual impairments, so that nobody is left behind.