Principles, Values and Ethics of Gender-Transformative Evaluations

Are the principles, values and ethics that guide gender-transformative evaluations different from those of other evaluations? Watch Renu Khanna discuss the same in the following video.

Did you enjoy the video? We invite you to share your thoughts and experiences.

This video is the second in the series of training videos produced under Institute of Social Studies Trust ( ISST)'s project -Engendering Policy through Evaluation. More to be uploaded soon. Stay tuned!

References - 

1. American Evaluation Association (2004). 'Guiding Principles for Evaluators'. Available at (Last accessed on 11th February, 2016).

2. Batliwala, Sreelata (2012). ‘Ethical Principles in Evaluations’, Presentation at ISST workshop, 2-4 May 2012, New Delhi.

3. Khanna, Renu (2012). 'A Feminist, Gender and Rights Perspective for Evaluation of Women’s Health Programmes'. Indian Journal of Gender Studies Volume 19, Issue No. 2 (June 2012).

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Comment by Sanghamitra Dhar on February 24, 2016 at 19:29

Renuji, wow! I'm already looking forward to this report :)

I must say an evaluation when conducted in a participatory mode brings out gems of information as no one hesitates to share their experiences then. 

Comment by RENU KHANNA on February 24, 2016 at 16:50

Thanks Rituu and Sanghamitra.

You want to know about an evaluation that I found transformative both for myself and the evaluatees.... well, the last one that I did for HAQ and its partners on Prevention of Child Marriage. I learnt a lot about an issue that I had not engaged with  viz. child marriage/Early Marriage/Forced Marriage. I was so impressed and inspired by the football team that Jabala has nurtured over the years - girls who resisted marriage sometimes even going through physical violence  as a consequence.  Their stories of resistance left me in awe of their courage and determination to pursue their own paths. It was a humbling experience. And the partners I believe learnt a lot from the participatory processes of evaluation - they could see their own programmes from a distance, because of my questions and the daily debriefing that we did. We did an exercise of looking at the issue of Child Marriage from multiple perspectives - child rights, sexual and reproductive rights, adolescents rights, feminism. There was so much excitement at making connections.  And everyone was on a high at the end of this process.... We are writing about this evaluation in the compendium on feminist evaluations that ISST is bringing out so read more when it is ready.

Waiting for more comments. Renu

Comment by Sanghamitra Dhar on February 24, 2016 at 7:38

Thank you for sharing this video. The presentation was great. :)

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on February 23, 2016 at 14:19

Dear Renuji,

Thanks for the crisp presentation...enjoyed it. You mention how the evaluation can be transformative for both those being evaluated as well as the evaluator. This particularly resonated with me. Please can you share an experience of an evaluation on the above. Also what kind of methodology can contribute to transformative and empowering evaluation? Thanks!

Warm greetings


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