Project Title

Gender Data for Structural Reform 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

PPWE 04 2020A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPWE 04 2020A 

Project Title

Gender Data for Structural Reform 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Women and the Economy 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

76,000 

Co-funding Amount

45,000 

Total Project Value

121,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) 

Topics

Gender 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

New Zealand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Chile; Japan; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2020 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2021 

Project Proponent Name 1

Georgia Wingham (new PO wef 17 June 2021) 

Job Title 1

Not Applicable 

Organization 1

Ministry for Women 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(64-21) 1437820 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Georgia.Wingham@women.govt.nz 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Georgia Wingham 

Project Summary

The La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth (the Roadmap) identified data and targets are needed to achieve our goals for women’s education, labour force participation, and access to capital and markets. Structural reform for women’s empowerment is also the focus area of the 2020 APEC Economic Policy Report.

Our project aims to facilitate and increase the collection of gender data and improve gender analysis across APEC economies. It seeks to support structural reform through adopting inclusive approaches, supported by robust gender data. This is of particular importance in the context of COVID-19 in considering the impact of COVID-19 on women and other disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

We will do this by delivering a preparatory workshop/webinar and subsequently developing an online tool, adapted from New Zealand’s version called ‘Bringing Gender In’ which APEC economies can use to investigate and better understand the gender implications of their policies. The tool will include links to data and case studies of good practice effecting change for women across the APEC region. The tool will be delivered by August 2021.

The project will culminate in a webinar alongside the 2021 Women and the Economy Forum, to familiarize APEC economies with the tool and to explore economies’ experiences of collecting, understanding and applying gender data in policy making.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: Some APEC economies have struggled to collect and analyse gender data. Yet in order to make targeted, effective interventions to improve women’s economic participation, reliable and meaningful gendered data is needed. Policies do not benefit everybody equally, and this needs to be identified and mitigated against in order to close the gap for women, especially groups of women experiencing multiple forms of discrimination. Further to this, the use of gender data can be beneficial for looking at problems in new ways and identifying novel solutions in policy making, the impact of policy making and to better understand communities.

This project will support APEC economies to apply a gender lens to their policy making to facilitate a more inclusive approach to economic policy and structural reform, seeking to identify and ideally remove barriers to women’s participation in the economy. 

For example, in many, if not most, economies, women make up a significant proportion of the underutilised labour market. This is not because women are not capable, but because of structural issues designed to favour men. Use of gender data and analysis could help identify new ways to enable women’s full and equal participation in the economy; this could both provide more financial security to women, and widen the talent pool engaged in the formal economy. 

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that women are not disproportionately impacted by the economic downturn. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: The Women and the Economy sub-fund aims to enhance the participation of women in the economy. Better gender data and analysis will identify barriers to women’s full participation in the economy (such as access to education, family responsibilities, and access to finance/capital), help us track progress and economic participation of women across the APEC region, and help develop new ways to further enable women to participate in the economy. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: Building on New Zealand’s experience of implementing a gender analysis tool, developing an APEC online gender data and analysis tool will enable economies to incorporate multi-disciplinary inputs and analysis including perspectives from their own sectoral experts, institutions and business sectors. The tool is intended to encourage an holistic and transparent approach to understand the gender implications of decisions for each particular economy. 

Developing a gender data and analysis tool will enable economies to “learn by doing”, and work together to share best practice. It will provide a starting point for economies interested in taking a first step at analysing their policy approaches through a gender lens. 

The project will facilitate sharing the experiences of economies, the challenges and barriers and may also generate discussion about alternate ways to approach this topic. The proposed workshops/webinar will provide an additional forum for interaction and engagement, with expert speakers and practitioners able to share their advice and findings. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of developing high-quality, gender-responsive policy in condensed timeframes; building capacity in the use of gender data and gender analysis will reduce the risk that women are left behind in future emergency scenarios.

Objectives

The objective is to build capacity amongst APEC economies to deliver an inclusive approach to structural reform that economically benefits women by providing a tool through which economies can consider the gender impacts of their policies. We intend to adapt New Zealand’s Bringing Gender In tool for a broader APEC audience, enabling economies and private sector partners to use it in ways that take into account the circumstances of women within their economy. For those economies not used to approaching policy in this way, it is intended to be a practical way to upskill.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth promotes the advancement of women’s economic empowerment through data collection and analysis. This project provides a practical tool, which enables economies to consider gender impacts of policies and programmes. 

The 2020 APEC Economic Policy Report (AEPR) has a focus on gender data and how this can support structural reform. We intend to take into account the recommendations of the AEPR when developing the tool. Considering the 2020 priorities for APEC, improved gender data and analysis is particularly relevant to “Inclusive economic participation through digital economy and technology” and “Driving innovative sustainability”. Actively considering gender enables policymakers to look at problems in new ways and identify novel solutions. 

Alignment – Forum: The PPWE Strategic Plan 2019-2020 (the Strategic Plan) states that the PPWE will “promote the use and generation of gender sensitive data and analysis”; and “promote gender analysis tools to inform policy and programmatic gender initiatives”. This project would directly support those objectives, by providing an online environment that facilitates use of gender data and analysis by APEC economies. 

Improving use of gender analysis and gender data will assist work across APEC to ensure gender is taken into account across the five PPWE pillars: (1) access to capital and assets; (2) access to markets; (3) skills, capacity building, and health;(4) leadership, voice, and agency; (5) and innovation and technology.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

1.   Baseline survey: This will be distributed to PPWE members, who will be able to provide their views on the extent to which they currently implement gender analysis in their work, information about any tools/resources they use to support this analysis, and recommendations for what they would like to see in an APEC-specific tool. The survey will also be available to non-PPWE members who wish to complete it (for example, the distribution email will note that recipients are welcome to share the survey with colleagues within their economy). The results will be used to get a better understanding of what features may be most useful across APEC economies. 

2.  Workshop 1: This one-day workshop (held as a webinar) will be used to do a “show and tell” of the Bringing Gender In tool. The tool was developed by New Zealand’s Ministry for Women, and is used by agencies across the public sector to explore the potential gender impacts of policy initiatives, through a series of guiding questions that can be applied across the policy-making process from planning and developing options, through to implementation and evaluation, At this workshop/webinar, the presenter will work through an example policy problem, demonstrating how the tool can be used at different stages of the policy development process. Participants will also be able to explore the tool, and will provide feedback on what aspects they find useful, and where additional material should be included to work in an APEC context.

3.  Development of the APEC-specific online gender analysis tool, taking into account the feedback provided at Workshop 1, and integrating data from the WEF dashboard and case studies from across APEC. A mockup version of the tool will be circulated for comment and amendment where needed. The parameters of the tool will be determined through input from the baseline survey and Workshop 1, so it is not possible at this point to say exactly what the tool will look like. However, it will most likely include (but not necessarily be limited to) elements such as:

-  an introduction to the principles of gender analysis and an explanation of how it can be beneficial across APEC.

-  guiding questions for different stages of the policy process so impacts on groups of women and men can be considered

-  a discussion forum section where users can share ideas and seek input from others

-  links to relevant data sets which users could access to help develop their thinking (for example, the WEF dashboard, and data resources produced by individual economies) – by using links rather than republishing existing data, we will not create problems for intellectual property.

Target users are policy professionals across the APEC region. While PPWE members will be targeted in the first instance due to their expertise in gender analysis and data, the goal is to improve use and quality of gender analysis across the policy profession within APEC generally.

We intend that the tool will be hosted on an independent website, although it will follow the APEC Website Guidelines. It will initially be online for two years, which may be extended if the tool is found to be useful to economies who wish to continue using it after this period.   Tasks required to prepare the tool include: integrating ideas and feedback from survey and Workshop 1 participants to design the tool concept, web development and graphic design to operationalize the tool concept, and testing to ensure the tool can fulfil its intended purpose. The intended workload from other economies is minimal, given that participation is voluntary – it’s likely that the most time-consuming task would be providing a case study of good gender analysis, from those economies that wish to do so.  

4.  Workshop 2: Presentation of the finalized tool at a half-day webinar, as a side event to the 2021 WEF (hosted by New Zealand but held virtually) Participants are most likely to be PPWE members, although registration will also be open to members of other APEC fora. This workshop will train participants on the use of the tool, and seek feedback for inclusion in the completion report. A rough agenda of the webinar is as follows:

- Welcome from APEC New Zealand team

- Speeches by invited speakers  - these could include case studies of good gender analysis, or other relevant topics

- Presentation on the tool

- Split into breakout groups to work through a policy problem using the tool

- Summary and close of workshop

5. Project report: summary of findings and feedback from participants (such as what they found useful, what they recommend in terms of next steps to keep up the momentum of this project, and any ways in which participants have used the tool within their economy-specific work). This is intended to be a short document, around 10 pages, authored by the PO.

Outcomes: The expected outcomes are:

1. Improved understanding of gender data and gender analysis for workshop participants and others who access the tool. This will be measured by asking workshop participants and tool users to complete a baseline survey and a post-completion survey on their experiences.

2. The inclusion of gender data and analysis in projects and programmes that have not previously considered the gender impacts of their work. This will also be measured through the survey.

3. An online tool is developed that meets the needs of users across the APEC region. This will be measured through workshop feedback and survey responses regarding whether the tool has meet the needs of users/participants.

Beneficiaries: The primary beneficiaries will be policy professionals in the public and private sectors who access the final tool – use of the tool may improve their policy development and decision-making. The tool is intended to be used across APEC economies and fora; we will actively work to achieve strong pickup across non-PPWE fora. For both webinars, each economy will be asked to nominate two participants – one PPWE member and one who has not generally participated in PPWE activities, to ensure there is a good mix of expertise and views in the webinars. While we consider it will be most useful for participants to take part in both webinars, this will not be a strict requirement.

We anticipate that the tool will be most useful to those who do not have significant experience in gender data and analysis, and are looking to learn more to improve their policy practice.

Secondary beneficiaries will be the women whose lives are improved by policies that have incorporated analysis using the tool.

Dissemination

The key publication will be the online tool. This will be interactive, in that users will be able to track their thinking throughout the policy process with the use of guiding questions. We intend to launch the tool at Webinar 2, after which it will be made publicly available. It can be disseminated by sharing the link to the tool through existing APEC networks. If considered appropriate, it could also be shared through APEC social media channels such as LinkedIn; or economy-specific online channels such as New Zealand’s Ministry for Women LinkedIn page. The other publication will be the Project Report, published as an official APEC document.

The target audience is policy professionals in the public and private sectors across the APEC region and across different APEC fora. However, if the tool is beneficial to users outside APEC, we consider that would be an added success.

We do not intend to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Because the project is about gender analysis and being pursued through the PPWE, we anticipate more women than men will request to participate. Gender-disaggregated data will be collected for all participants to check whether there are sufficient numbers of men participating – this project will have a target of at least 30% men’s participation for speakers and for general participants.  In addition, economies will be asked to keep gender balance in mind when nominating participants by nominating a 1:1 ratio of women and men. As noted in the Beneficiaries section, by requesting that economies specifically nominate at least one participant who has not typically participated in PPWE activities, it is expected that there may be a higher proportion of men participating than is normally the case for PPWE events. 

The project outcomes and objectives benefit women by making it clear that gender data and analysis are not just a ‘nice to have”, they are extremely important for ensuring that policies are fit for purpose. 

Improving use of gender analysis and gender data will assist work across APEC to ensure gender is taken into account across the five PPWE pillars. Further, the ongoing use of the gender analysis tool is likely to directly impact on Pillar 4 (leadership, voice, and agency); and is in itself an example of Pillar 5 (innovation and technology).

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

August-September 2020

Begin recruitment process for contractor.

August- September2020

Prepare workshop and consultation materials

Prepare baseline survey

Develop participant list; contact speakers

Distribute general information regarding Webinar One (no later than 4 September)

Send invitations

Prepare first Monitoring repot

Baseline survey

Webinar invitations

1 October 2020

Submit first APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

October 2020

Host a half – day  webinar in the week starting 19 October

Webinar

November 2021 onwards

Hire web development contractor.

Contractor to incorporate feedback from workshop into redevelopment of Bringing Gender In tool.

Seek case studies of good practice from across APEC to be included in the tool.

Seek advice from economies regarding trusted sources of gender data.

Prepare second Monitoring Report

Invitation to submit case studies

1 April 2021

Submit second APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

May 2021

Draft version of tool is available for testing

Draft tool to be shared with co-sponsors for testing

June – August 2021

Prepare webinar 2 – plan agenda, invite participants and speakers, create evaluation survey

General information for webinar 2 distributed

Participant invitations

September 2021

Publish tool online

Host half day webinar alongside the online Women and the Economy Forum

Seek evaluation from workshop participants and others who may use the tool.

Prepare project report

Online tool publication

Webinar

1 October 2021

Submit project report

Project report

30 November 2021

Project completion date

31 January 2022

Submission of APEC Project Completion Report to Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

June 2022

Participation in the long-term evaluation of APEC projects.

Risks

The major risk is that the tool does not receive uptake from APEC economies – this could happen if people do not know about the tool’s existence, or they use it and do not find it helpful. We will manage these risks by actively promoting the tool and its use across APEC fora, and incorporating feedback from users to ensure the tool is user-friendly and fit for purpose. We intend to have the tool “live” as an APEC satellite website for two years – September 2022 to September 2024. It could subsequently be extended if this is agreed to be useful. 

There may be a shortage of relevant, economy-specific data to link to from the tool. We will manage this by using the WEF Dashboard as a starting point, and seeking input from PPWE members to direct us to the most reliable sources of gender disaggregated data within their economy during the tool’s development so that links to these can be included. The tool may include information on potential proxy data to use when ideal data sources are not available. 

There is also a risk that time zone differences will make participation challenging for some participants. When selecting a time for the webinars, this will be the primary concern. This will be overcome by recording relevant sections of webinars where possible, so that they can be viewed at a later time by those who would have liked to participate but were unable to do so due to the time difference.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Project Overseer will be responsible for monitoring and evaluation. Progress updates will be provided to the Project Management Unit when requested, as well as monitoring reports at the start of October 2020 and April 2021. 

Output

Outcome

Indicator

Baseline survey

PO gains understanding of participants’ experience of gender data and analysis.

Response rate of survey – 50% completion rate would be considered successful.

Webinar One

Participants share views on what they would like to see in a gender analysis tool, which can later be incorporated into the tool.

A minimum of 25 participants attend Webinar One, with minimum 30% of participants being men.

Evaluation form to be completed by participants – success would be achieved if the majority of participants rate the majority of factors on the evaluation form as “Good”, “Very Good” or “Excellent”.

Monitoring Report One

Secretariat kept up to date with project development.

Secretariat confirms that Monitoring Report met expectations.

Online Tool

Tool developed that meets the needs of users across APEC.

Website analytics indicate that users are engaging with the tool for several minutes at a time; an average of five minutes before clicking away would indicate success.

Monitoring Report Two

Secretariat kept up to date with project development.

Secretariat confirms that Monitoring Report met expectations.

Webinar Two

Participants are able to improve their understanding of gender analysis and incorporate more gender analysis into their normal policy practice.

A minimum of 25 participants attend Webinar Two, with minimum 30% of participants being men.

Evaluation form to be completed by participants – success would be achieved if the majority of participants rate the majority of factors on the evaluation form as “Good”, “Very Good” or “Excellent”.

Post-completion survey indicates that most participants self-report an increased understanding of gender analysis and data.

Project Report

Project is well-documented and recommendations can be adapted for future work on this topic.

Concise report (approximately 10 pages) is produced.

Linkages

Economies will be asked to nominate participants who have not typically participated in PPWE events, which will increase the reach of the project across APEC. 

This project sits alongside the 2020 AEPR, but has a focus on practical application of gender analysis. We intend to consider the recommendations of the AEPR when finalizing the tool. 

We intend to engage public and private sector partners across APEC, to identify what they would find useful in a tool – there is also scope to develop a “Community of Learning” approach where tool users can share and learn from each other (for example, through informal discussions about gender data and analysis, via videoconferencing or perhaps a discussion forum section of the tool). The tool is relevant to all APEC fora, as virtually every aspect of policymaking can have gender impacts. It has strong relevance to the structural reform agenda, inclusive growth and ‘Beyond GDP’ discussions in a range of APEC fora and can enhance these discussions. 

The comparative advantage of APEC as a source of funding is the ability to engage with the private sector. Because the effects of gender discrimination are so far-reaching, including the private sector in our work is an opportunity to embed gender equality across our economies.

Sustainability

For the ongoing sustainability of the project we intend to develop a “Community of Learning” approach, as described in the Linkages section, so tool users can learn from each other. If participants are engaged and find this project useful, this will go some way towards embedding use of gender data and analysis in the day-to-day work of policy professionals in the APEC region.

Possible next steps would include offering regular training in gender data and analysis alongside APEC events. We note that Australia has proposed a self-funded project on gender data training – that would align well with this project. 

The tool may also include a section where users can privately provide comments on their experience – the content of this feedback will be used to determine understand progress on the outcomes.

Project Overseers

The project overseer is Meredith Lawry, Senior Policy Analyst at New Zealand’s Ministry for Women (Meredith.lawry@women.govt.nz). Meredith has several years’ experience in the public sector, including an 18-month period as the Private Secretary to the Minister for Women. She also holds a Master of Public Policy with Honours. 

Other key contacts are Riripeti Reedy, New Zealand PPWE co-Chair and Principal Policy Analyst at the Ministry for Women (Riripeti.reedy@women.govt.nz), Rebecca Barnes-Clarke, the Ministry’ for Women’s International Policy Director (Rebecca.barnes-clarke@women.govt.nz) and Chesna Cocker, Senior Policy Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (chesna.cocker@mfat.govt.nz).

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Speakers will be gender data and analysis experts from across the APEC region – nominations will be sought from economies closer to the workshop dates.

Work to be performed by a policy contractor includes: 

Task

Time (hours)

Developing tool concept including feedback from economies and other research

220

Liaising with economies regarding webinar 2 attendance and logistics, including running nominations process for expert speakers

100

Preparation of monitoring report 2 (PO will prepare monitoring report 1)

30

Preparation of project report

50

Collating and copyediting case studies

70

Preparation of New Zealand case study for inclusion in the tool

150

Development of surveys and analysis of survey results

50

Preparation of resources for Webinar 2  

50

Writing content for tool

200

Preparation of completion report

50

Miscellaneous

30

Total

1000

Work to be performed by a web developer is the practical development of the online tool:

Task

Time (hours)

Develop mockup of website for circulation

100 hours

Edit website based on feedback from economies

50 hours

Post-publication troubleshooting

100 hours (dependent on whether problems arise)

Waivers

The development of a website is an important part of the success of this project; if instead this project were to develop only a publication, we consider it is far less likely to be useful to economies and achieve long-lasting impact. Recognising the importance of the tool being engaging and interactive, New Zealand’s Ministry for Women will meet the ongoing maintenance costs.

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