The workshop titled “Advanced techniques for incorporating gender in research design, data collection and analysis for economists and other quantitative social scientists,” was held at the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Headquarters in Washington DC from September 14-16, 2016.
CGIAR has committed to deliver agricultural innovation with concrete benefits for poor rural men and women. To achieve this goal, incorporating gender analysis in economics research (e.g. adoption studies, value chain analysis, constraints analysis, foresight studies, impact assessment) is essential to ground and orient the research of CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs).
While most of this research does not focus specifically on gender issues, it is often necessary to consider gender in order to adequately identify and address the key questions. Addressing gender in economics research involves more than using the right methods for collecting sex-disaggregated data. It has to begin with incorporating conceptually well-grounded questions about gender into the research design.
Frequently economists stumble across important gender issues in their work, but are not able to generate insightful analysis because the questions were poorly framed or research design was not appropriate. Consequently, rigorous analysis cannot be done nor the findings published. In addition, incorporating gender in economics research studies can benefit from sharing research designs, questions and data collection instruments across CGIAR Research Programs.
Participants and objectives
The workshop brought together 17 economists and quantitative social scientists in CGIAR, who are not gender specialists but rather interested in learning how to incorporate gender analyses into aspects of their research. Specific objectives of the workshop were to:
- Equip quantitative social scientists in the CGIAR with the concepts, methods, and tools needed to undertake quantitative analysis of gender issues in their work, through interaction with the workshop leaders, invited experts and intensive discussion of aspects of participants’ own work-in-progress related to the topic;
- Provide workshop participants with an overview of what it takes to communicate their findings, whether through standard publication outlets or social media; and
- Lay the foundation of a community of practice for quantitative gender research in the CGIAR
This workshop was a joint collaboration between IFPRI, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network, which promotes cross-program initiatives with this potential and facilitates the work of communities of practice to develop cross-program collaboration.