Methods module

Participatory action research for community-based fire prevention and peatland restoration. Photo: Aris Sanjaya/CIFOR.

The Methods module is the GENDER Platform’s home for research and innovation on methods and tools to improve the quality of global gender research and interventions. The module aims to foster critical thinking on gender in agricultural research for development. By co-creating, consolidating and sharing robust methods and tools, the module enables CGIAR, national agricultural research extension systems, universities and NGOs to achieve gender equity and equality outcomes. The module has adopted a three-fold approach to meet its goals. 


Synthesizing existing methods and tools

Working groups have been established to synthesize, curate and share available methods and tools across the priority research areas. The Methods module will elevate the methods and tools that meet the highest quality standards and facilitate their easy access and application for researchers to use in their own work. Communities of practice will be created around these key research areas to support the diffusion and uptake of these high-quality gender tools and methods across CGIAR and beyond.

Developing new methods and tools

Second, the module will fill key gaps in the gender research agenda by developing innovative gender methods and tools, leading to new avenues of research. Examples include how to monitor and promote transformation of gender norms at scale, ensure greater gender equity in the context of food systems transformation and achieve gains in women’s empowerment and nutrition. 

Guiding gender research in CGIAR

Finally, as CGIAR develops and implements its new research strategy and organizational structure, the module will create practical guiding documents, including standards for gender research ethics and indicators to measure progress, with the aim of supporting strong standards for gender research in CGIAR moving forward.



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Hazel Malapit

Methods Module Leader; Gender research coordinator International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)