Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs: A Learning Tool for Change and Empowerment Preliminary Results Analysis and Tester Case Studies


It took10 months of research, workshops, meetings and painstaking writing before we completed the first version of the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) tool. Finally, in October 2001, we published the first version of the GEM tool . Since then GEM has been through several incarnations coming from the combined wisdom and experience of a talented community of ICT practitioners, gender specialists and evaluators who contributed as researchers, critical reviewers, resource persons and workshop facilitators.

In January 2002, we were ready to test and refine the GEM tool and began the GEM project. Through the support of the Department for International Development, International Development Research Centre and UNIFEM, we implemented a two-year programme of tool-building, resource sharing and field-testing. Our multicultural and multilingual GEM Project Team and the whole APC WNSP network have gone through an incredible learning experience in this period and have amassed a wealth of knowledge in gender and ICT evaluation. In the last 18 months we worked with partners in 20 countries in 4 world regions evaluating 26 projects, organised and facilitated 20 workshops with over 300 participants and presented GEM in over 50 events in about 25 countries.

As we approach the final phase of our project, we have started to harvest the lessons and findings from this experience. This publication is our first crop. Part 1 is a synthesis of our experience in tool building, testing and training globally. Part 2 is a presentation of the evaluation findings of six GEM testers from South Africa, Philippines, Malaysia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Mexico. Through these examples, we have tried to demonstrate the numerous dimensions of gender issues in a variety of ICT initiatives - telecentres, teleworking, training, advocacy and networking. In no way was our selection of case studies an indication that the rest of our GEM testers are of less quality. Many of our partner organisation's evaluation activities are still ongoing. And finally, Part 3 is an overview of all the 26 GEM testers in 20 countries.

This year, APC WNSP is celebrating 10 years of networking support for women's actions and agenda. We dedicate this publication to the many women and some men who have persevered in making sure that gender equality and women's empowerment remain at the centre of the ICT agenda.

Part 1: Global Summary: Tool Building, Testing and Training

Part 2: Case Studies: Evaluation Findings from Six GEM Testers

Part 3: Who Is Using GEM: Overview of All GEM Testers

GEMworks provides a space for online exploration or off-line perusal of the different GEM resources:

The GEM Practitioners Network is a network of individuals and organisations, who apply GEM and want to learn more about gender & ICT evaluations. To meet, interact and learn from GEM users, go to myGEM