This OECD practice note focuses on the use of gender equality indicators as a way of measuring change. It asks: what are indicators, and why should we develop indicators to measure gender equality?
- addresses the often political issue of what we should be measuring,
- provides some broad principles that can be applied, and
- suggests some questions donors can ask when developing gender equality indicators.
The brief also offers examples of existing indicators – noting that they always need to be adapted to specific contexts. What are ‘gender equality indicators’? What are indicators? Indicators are criteria or measures against which changes can be assessed (Imp-Act 2005). They may be pointers, facts, numbers, opinions or perceptions – used to signify changes in specific conditions or progress towards particular objectives (CIDA, 1997).