Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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The contribution of gender-responsive budgeting to national policy dialog

Session Number: 2249
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Budgeting, Feminist Evaluation, Policymaking
Session Chair: Kathryn Anne Mathes, PhD [Vice President of Research & Evaluation - Centerstone Research Institute]
Discussant: Michael Bamberger, Dr. [Independent consultant - independent consultant]
Presenter 1: Denise M Seigart [Associate Director Undergraduate and MS/MN Nursing of Populations]
Presenter 2: Luis Chalico [Policy Specialist - Governance and National Planning - UN Women]
Presenter 3: Sharlene Hesse-Biber [Professor of Sociology - Boston College]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: Hoover

Abstract 1 Title: Beyond the Women's March on Washington: Emerging policy issues
Presentation Abstract 1:

The impact of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. on January 21st, 2017 on policy making and evaluation practice has yet to be determined. As noted in their Guiding Vision document, the organizers of the Women’s March were striving for the participation of a broad group representing the intersectionality of women’s issues with other progressive issues.

The Women's March on Washington is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds…..Recognizing that women have intersecting identities and are therefore impacted by a multitude of social justice and human rights issues, we have outlined a representative vision for a government … based on the principles of liberty and justice for all.

 This presentation will explore the enduring effects of the march, along with the outcomes noted to date regarding the practices of evaluators and politicians in this quickly changing landscape.


Presentation Abstract 2:

The presentation reviews UN Women’s support to national governments in implementing gender responsive budgeting (GRB) across the planning and budgeting cycle, locating this work in the context of current global policy, particularly the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. It illustrates how UN Women’s experience in technical support, capacity strengthening and policy advocacy, has helped build political consensus, shift fiscal law and policy, and increase budgetary allocations for gender equality and government accountability on gender equality commitments. It reviews lessons learned from evaluations of UN Women’s GRB work and how these have informed programming. It also presents how gender analysis contributes to understanding of the differential impact of budgetary decisions on women and men and the necessity of costing national action plans on gender equality to support evidence-based planning and budgeting.  Examples illustrate how GRB supports changes with direct implications for women’s lives, communities and societies more broadly.


Abstract 3 Title: Using a feminist standpoint and gender-budgeting approach to challenge neoliberalism in EuroZone austerity policy
Presentation Abstract 3:

            The economic downturn in Eurozone countries started in late 2007 and it continues today, almost a decade later. Current Eurozone economic austerity policy is a quantitatively-driven policy whose goals are to decrease Eurozone countries’ debt through a set of “belt-tightening”,  “one size fits all” budget measures.

            The application of a gender budget perspective reveals these measures disproportionately impact the most vulnerable within these societies—youth, the elderly, and single mothers and their children. We present a case study of the social and economic consequences of austerity policies and through a feminist standpoint and gender budgeting lens, provide a way forward to making women and children count in austerity policy initiatives that can serve to promote social justice and transformative goals.  The case study offers “out of the box” ways for re-thinking economic policies, which provide ways to integrate the voices and lived experiences of those most impacted by economic downturns. 


Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This session presents evidence on potential applications of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) as an approach to assess the differential effects of proposed and implemented government policies on different economic and social groups.  Often budget analysis implicitly assumes that austerity measures or new investments will have equal effects on women and men and on other potentially vulnerable groups such as the unemployed or immigrants. The session begins by highlighting policy issues advocated in the recent Women’s March on Washington where GRB could be applied.  UN Women then reviews lessons from two decades of experience with GRB in over 80 countries, and a case study then illustrates how GRB was applied in the analysis of the differential incidence of austerity policies in the EuroZone.  The session concludes by identifying some of the potential applications of GRB in the evaluation of social and economic policies in the US and internationally.



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