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Engendering Data and Methods Blog

Gender data and methods (image credit: ILRI)The Engendering Data and Methods Blog builds on the “EnGendering Data Blog” curated by PIM in phase 1 of the CGIAR Research Programs. Subsequently, it was hosted by the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research website with the overall objective of being a resource for researchers collecting sex-disaggregated data for gender analysis in agriculture.

Together we know more

The goal of this blog was to develop a community of practice around the collection of sex-disaggregated data for gender analysis in agriculture.  This will allow us to learn from one another’s successes and mistakes. Many of the lessons that we learn in the process of fielding surveys and qualitative approaches and then analyzing sex-disaggregated data do not make it into published journal articles. By sharing lessons learned about which questions are important in specific contexts, how to frame questions, who to interview, and similar issues, we can collectively improve and simplify our methods of collecting sex-disaggregated data.

We hope that EnGendering Data and Methods will serve as a forum for researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners to pose questions, engage in discussions, and share resources about promising practices in collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data on agriculture and food security.

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Blog posts

Adapting the Gender Action and Learning System (GALS) framework for qualitative gender action research

By Rose Otieno Ochieng, social scientist specialised in gender at NIRAS, Kenya. Gender Action and Learning System (GALS) is a community-led household methodology that aims to give women and men more control over their personal, household, community and organisational development. It comprises role playing and visual tools to help farmers plan their lives and sustainable livelihoods. GALS is most often…

The quest towards gender ‘big data’ – Making gender datasets findable

Since 2018, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research and the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture have been collaborating out of mutual interest, to identify ways to unlock the ‘big data’ potential of gender research. Some preliminary steps are necessary, however, and one of these is to make the gender data sets ‘findable’ so they can be made…

Village mapping and power ranking with women in Kailali District, Nepal, 2015 (photo credit: E. Karki)

Power within – a ‘critical element’ in measuring women’s empowerment

By Floriane Clément, senior research fellow at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and Corey O’Hara, researcher at the International Nutrition Foundation. Introduction Agricultural programs are increasingly measuring women’s empowerment at the household level through standardised tools that can be used across countries and over time. In this blog, we argue that such tools should go beyond agency. Feminist…

One of the cognitive interviewing sites (photo credit: Anika Hannan / IFPRI)

An evolving guide to enumerator coaching on qualitative research methods

By Anika Hannan, monitoring and evaluation specialist at ICF International. Monitoring progress toward achieving global goals such as improving gender equality and women’s empowerment requires developing instruments that measure these constructs. For an abstract concept like ‘women’s empowerment’, any survey instrument must be well understood by both participants and researchers. A team from the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project, Phase…

Positivism and Interpretivism in Social Sciences (image credit: ReviseSociology)

What happens when different methodologies produce different results?

(This post was originally published on the ILRI News blog). The case of women’s empowerment, food security and nutrition of pastoral communities in TanzaniaBy Alessandra Galiè, Senior Scientist, Gender In our research on livestock for better livelihoods we often argue for mixed-method approaches: Combining quantitative and qualitative research methodologies will, we think, enhance the quality of our research and the validity of…

From top spots to bottom needs, how ‘gender research hotspots’ can magnify impact

By Nitya Chanana, consultant gender and social inclusion at the CGIAR Research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Gender researchers are often required to work on large projects covering multiple locations, each with unique socio-economic, agricultural, climatic and geographical features. We often shortlist the logistically most suitable research areas, often based on our organizations’ presence. This common…

Pigs roaming around a household in Timor-Leste (Photo Credit: Gianna Bonis-Profumo)

Unpacking joint decision-making on livestock and nutrition in Timor-Leste

(This post was originally published on the Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange (GNIE) blog entertained by the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health / A4NH). In Timor-Leste, livestock provide a vital source of income and nutrition for rural families. Women and men make many decisions about livestock together, but gender norms often influence how these decisions are made. In this blog, Gianna Bonis-Profumo, a…

Photo credit: Giacomo Zanello/University of Reading

Gendered time and energy expenditure in rural livelihoods: Different sides of the same coin?

(This post was originally published on the Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange (GNIE) blog entertained by the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health / A4NH). Understanding how women and men allocate their time and energy is crucial for creating gender-sensitive agricultural interventions. However, data on time use alone does not tell us how much energy people expend on different…

Gender maps (image credit: C. Pfeifer)

Dealing with limitations of upscaling gender data

By Catherine Pfeifer, scientist and spatial analyst at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Gender research often focuses on small study areas (e.g. villages or groups of villages) to understand in-depth power relations, intra-household decision making or asset ownership. These in-depth context-specific studies make it difficult to compare studies and draw lessons for other locations. Significant efforts have been made…

Gender relations in agriculture in ancient Egypte (photo credit: Shaheim Terry)

How to validate measurements of women’s empowerment over time

By Kathryn Yount, Professor and Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health at Emory University. Introduction Measuring women’s empowerment is getting more attention than ever, and spurring debate. One challenge for researchers is to identify items that are validated across settings and over time so the impacts of programs for women’s empowerment can be tested and compared. This blog post…