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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. New blog posts are hosted on this 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. The blog invites gender researchers to reflect on their research experiences to discuss and critically think about data and methodological challenges involved in gender and agriculture research.

When you face a tricky methodological issue, here is the place to write about it!

Together we know more

The goal of this blog is 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.

Do you have a methodological challenge or lesson to share or refer to? We invite you to suggest topics for other blog posts, with suggestions of who might write them (including yourself). Please contact GenderPlatform [at] cgiar [dot] org.

Please share your comments on the blog post(s) listed under this page.


Blog posts

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…