Closing the gender gap in M&E: qualKit and WASH-GEM on show at gLOCAL Evaluation Week 2022

gLOCAL evaluation week graphic promoting the event, that says "EvalEvolve: How Innovations are transforming M&E

From 30 May to 3 June, the Global Evaluation Initiative will host the global monitoring and evaluation (M&E) community online during its premier knowledge sharing and networking event, gLOCAL Evaluation Week 2022. gLOCAL brings together the M&E community in a dialogue on how innovations in data collection, analysis, and use are influencing the M&E field.


As part of this event, the University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS-ISF) and Water for Women will be sharing two innovative tools developed through research within Water for Women, qualKit and WASH-GEM


Across two separate sessions, UTS-ISF will showcase these two tools to measure and explore the complexity of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) changes in development. While both tools have a common focus, they take complementary qualitative (qualKit) and quantitative (WASH-GEM) approaches.


“Qualitative monitoring and evaluation tools are essential for understanding how our programs are responding to, and changing norms in society. Using creative methods can not only be more powerful, but also more engaging and fun for the participant and the researcher.”


Melita Grant, Program Lead - International Development
University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures

We invite partners, stakeholders, WASH and development practitioners to join these free online events to learn more about these tools, their use and how they have been applied in the field already.


qualKit: monitoring, evaluation and learning of gender equality and inclusion changes in development programs 

Wednesday 1st June | 4:00pm AEST

Evaluation Methods | Skill-Building | Workshop 

Convened by: Water for Women and University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures

The “qualKit” supports organisations to monitor changes related to gender equality and inclusion in development programs. Developed by UTS-ISF and Water for Women, the qualKit has broader applicability for all development practitioners. Organisations are increasingly moving beyond counting women and girls and are investing in qualitative approaches to better understand how women and marginalised groups are affected by development programs . Yet,  measuring transformative changes in social norms is inherently complex, which is why qualitative data is so critical. The qualKit has adapted innovative qualitative M&E methods for travel restricted times.

“The qualKit includes a wide range of approaches, tools and techniques all focused on visual storytelling modes of qualitative inquiry”

Jess MacArthur, Research Consultant
University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures


This session will introduce the qualKit - a toolkit for monitoring and evaluating GESI changes in WASH programs and beyond. The session is aimed at development practitioners and evaluators including GESI and MEL specialists who are interested in exploring and monitoring GESI changes.


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Evaluation gender-transformative WASH: insights and implications from Cambodia and Ghana through a novel measure 

Friday 3rd June | 10:00pm AEST

Evaluation Methods | Lecture

Convened by:  University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures and iDE

In this interactive session, UTS-ISF will introduce the topic of gender-transformative WASH interventions and the challenges in measuring such complex change. Drawing on evaluations in Cambodia (from iDE’s Water for Women project) and Ghana, insights will be presented from the use of a novel measure for gender-transformative WASH. UTS-ISF will describe how the measure was contextualised for the two unique regions and how the findings have helped strengthen programming. 

Lastly, UTS-ISF will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of using quantitative measures to explore complex change.

This session will be held in the evening for Southeast Asian colleagues and mid-day for African colleagues.


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The Global Evaluation Initiative is an inclusive global partnership committed to developing country-owned, sustainable monitoring and evaluation frameworks and capacities to promote the use of evidence in public decision-making, enhance accountability, and achieve better results. GEI believes that better evidence contributes to better policies and, ultimately, to better lives. 


Water for Women is thrilled to be participating with our partners, UTS-ISF and iDE in a week of learning and exchange, sharing local and global M&E knowledge and lessons from Water for Women.

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