IOD PARC is strongly committed to the achievement of gender equality and women's empowerment.  We recognise the essential role that achieving gender equality has, both in achieving the standalone Sustainable Development Goal SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls - and in the achievement of all SDGs and associated targets.  We recognise that addressing gender equality and women's empowerment requires consideration of access and participation (including disaggregation of data) and the social norms which can perpetuate or exacerbate gender inequality. 

We believe it is essential to measure the outcomes of both gender-focused and mainstreamed  development interventions and policies; this provides crucial information to assess and understand how interventions affect people of all gender identities differently.  It also provides essential information for designing and implementing interventions, policies and strategies to better achieve goals related to gender equality and women's empowerment. 

Our approach 

We take a holistic approach to our work on gender, recognising the complexity and interrelation of drivers and impacts of gender inequality, particularly in the areas of sexual and reproductive health rights, and prevention and responses to violence against women and girls.

As a cross-cutting issue, we incorporate gender-sensitive responses within key sectors such as health, conflict, livelihoods, climate change, education, rural and urban development, environmental sustainability, HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation, food security, governance and aid effectiveness, justice, agriculture, infrastructure, social protection, child protection and community development.

Our gender experts provide technical assistance and use both qualitative and quantitative  measures in assessing gender equality and women's empowerment. They are fully conversant with the ethical standards and protocols needed to design gender-sensitive methodologies and data collection tools and related guidance (e.g. UNEG, Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluations, 2014). 

We recognise that approaches to monitoring and evaluation of gender equality should move beyond numbers and the disaggregation of data by gender and measure the transformative changes of interventions, policies and strategies on gender equality and women's empowerment. 

Our experience

As a specialist M&E organisation, with longstanding expertise in gender equality and women's empowerment, IOD PARC has carried out a number of evaluations of gender focussed work. We integrate gender analysis into our evaluations and projects, consistently demonstrating our capability in addressing cross cutting issues.

We have worked on gender issues with national governments, UN agencies and gender equality machineries, bilateral and multilateral organisations and civil society organisations, both North and South. Our clients include: bilateral agencies (Irish Aid, DFAT, DFID, Danida, Finland and Netherlands); UN agencies (ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, UN Women, IIEP, UNRWA, WHO and the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services); the World Bank, the European Commission, the OECD-DAC and many non-governmental organisations including Plan International UK, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, CORDAID, SCIAF, and CAFOD.

We have experienced staff and a network of associates who work on gender related assignments and who have conducted work in the following areas:

  • Evaluations of gender policies and strategies and of gender-focussed interventions;
  • Technical assistance on sexual and reproductive health, and the prevention of violence against women and girls;
  • Conducting cross-cutting reviews and thematic evaluations on gender issues;
  • Design and delivery of training on gender mainstreaming and technical areas related to gender;
  • Supporting agencies and national governments to integrate gender issues across institutional policy, planning, and appraisal;
  • Supporting organisations to improve the integration of gender into evaluation guidance, M&E capacity, evaluation functions and quality assurance processes;
  • Enhancing gender within results planning and performance management (including development/identification of appropriate gender disaggregated and gender responsive indicators);
  • Providing strategic advice on gender issues at policy, country programme and programming levels;
  • Producing gender contextual analyses and analytical frameworks to inform the design of interventions.


Key staff delivering our gender work include:

Jo Kaybryn

Rachel Wareham

Erica Packington

Mark Keen

Emma Henrion

Naomi Blight


IOD PARC gender project examples

  • Development of a GBV Prevention framework, UNRWA, 2015-2017. Assignment to develop a theory of change and analytical framework for UNRWA's GBV prevention work, including a review of the existing UNRWA work on GBV Prevention in West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and the development of a conceptual framework and recommendations to inform UNRWA's work going forward.
  • Evaluations Services, DFAT, 2013-2016. As an approved provider on this framework, IOD PARC provided M&E and Gender expertise to support DFAT's international development activities. We undertook 28 pieces of work within this framework.
  • Review of Gender Equality in Aid Quality Checks, DFAT, 2015. We conducted quantitative analysis of the preceding three years performance of all DFAT investments to identify trends and relationships. The assessment helped inform understandings of the agency's strengths and identified areas for improvement within gender assessments.
  • Design of a training manual on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Religious Leaders, CORDAID, 2015. We designed a training manual on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Religious leaders in the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda, to encourage awareness and engagement on gender equality, GBV, safe motherhood and HIV/STIs.
  • Women Participating in Public Life: Evaluation and Review, British Council, 2015. We conducted the end of programme evaluation and review, focusing on an integrated approach to engaging women in public life, which built on the British Council's highly successful Active Citizens programme. The purpose of the project was to build capacity of women and broad-based support for their active involvement in public life including national and local political processes. The project was implemented in 4 countries: Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.
  • Meta-Evaluation of WFP's 2014 and 2013 Evaluations, World Food Programme, 2014 and 2015. We undertook the analysis of all evaluations completed by the Office of Evaluation in 2014 and in 2013 to assess WFP's performance in integrating gender equality and the empowerment of women and to enable WFP to report against the UN SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicator. We assessed evaluations, using the UN SWAP evaluation performance indicator and related UNEG technical note and Evaluation Scorecard.
  • Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook, Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) International, 2014. IOD PARC consolidated and edited the energy entrepreneurship training materials specifially targeted at female cookstove entrepreneurs, to be used by Global Alliance for Clean Cookstove (GACC) member organisations.
  • WFP Gender Policy Evaluation, 2014. We undertook the evaluation of the World Food Programme's Gender Policy from 2008-12 and its implementation through field and desk study, a bench-marking exercise, portfolio review, interviews and self-assessment exercise. The evaluation considered the Quality of the policy, its results and why and how has the Policy produced the results that have been observed.
  • GERAAS Assessments, UN Women, 2013. We provided quality assesssent services for the UN WOMEN Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS), with a specific emphasis on the integration of gender in evaluations.
  • Zambia Cross Programme Gender Evaluation, DFID, 2013. We undertook the formative evaluation of the Gender Strategy (2011-2015) for DFID Zambia designed to provide an early read on the coverage, effectiveness and likelihood of the current programme portfolio delivering the targeted results of the Strategy and the extent to which this led to the empowerment of women and girls.
  • Papua New Guinea Gender Context Analysis, DFAT, 2013. IOD PARC was appointed by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to produce a country situation analysis of Papua New Guinea. The work produced a literature summary of critical gender issues in PNG and explored the gender dimensions of PNG's development challenges, primarily summarising key documents provided by AusAID and relevant wider literature.
  • Joint Evaluation of UN Joint Gender Programmes, 2013. IOD PARC was commissioned to undertake a joint evaluation with seven partners (UNICEF), UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, MDG-F; and the Governments of Norway and Spain).
  • Evaluation of Support to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, 2006-12, Danida, 2013. We undertook the evaluation and production of an Approach Paper to map and an overview of central issues, challenges and observations related to Danish Government support for SRHR.
  • Evaluability Assessment and Baseline Studies, UNIFEM, 2011. We assessed the evaluability of UNIFEM's global Strategic Plan, undertaking field studies in Ecuador and Colombia. The resulting recommendations guided the strategic plan for UN Women, in particular related to country strategic planning, UN harmonisation, results management and systems to support effective future evaluations.


IOD PARC's Gender Policy

IOD PARC is an Equal Opportunities Employer and adheres to the Equality Act (2010).  IOD PARC promotes fairness for employees, associates, clients and others in their interaction with our organisation.  It is our policy not to discriminate on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, trade union membership or age.