Work Package 5

Revisiting governance & evaluation models

Leading partner: Sciences Po


ln charge of the coordinating Institution, WP5 will trigger a broad reflection on the impact of the current governance and evaluation models at play in partner Institutions on gender equality, also addressing the participation of social partners, students and different categories of personnel in decision-making .Thoroughly reviewing existing framings of gender & academic governance, notably within the frame of former EU-funded projects, it will also aim at producing evidences that investing in gender equality can positively Impact governance cultures in terms of transparency, accountability and excellence.

This reflection will also address evaluation and appraisal indicators and procedures, in order to eliminate gender bias, thus contributing to build up gender sensitive governance and evaluation cultures, in order to effectively support structural changes in favour of gender equality.

Through a pifot study, reports and seminars, this WP will be also meant to produce supporting Instruments to implement the principle of responsible research and Innovation at the Ievel of governance and scientific evaluation.

Both the prospective and implementation-oriented contents of WP5 will be fully reflected in the actions to be undertaken through Gender Equafity Action Plans, and will fuel WP2, WP3 & WP6.

At a first stage (M1-14), a pilot study will be carried out by the WP Ieader and a "business case" of gender equality as a spur for excellence will be developed (in the form of guidelines), with aim to enhance existing Instruments of that kind and their supportir19 argumentation. Consecutively, reports on gender bias in evaluation will be produced by each participating Institution to assess actual barriers to a fair and fully scientific evaluation of researchers.

At a second stage (M15-38), a series of seminars will be held on the issue of governance & gender, notably aimed at discussing the principles to be expounded in a Charter for Gender Equality in evaluation and governance procedures.


Description of work


1. Pilot study on gender bias in governance
(M1-5). Study to be carried out by PRESAGE at Sciences Po, consisting in a critical assessment of governance rules and actual practices, supported by qualitative Interviews with social partners and top scientific and administrative  managers. This study will also draw upon a review of domestic and international Iiterature on gender & academic Governance

2. Business case: GE as a spur for excellence (M4-9). This task will aim at providing partner Institutions with an easy-reading, clear and yet  thorough and effective argumentation that investing in gender equality can positively impact governance cultures in terms of transparency , accountability and excellence. Along with the pilot study, it will also provide the common structure of reports on gender bias in evaluation, in the form of guidelines delivered on M9.

3. Raports on Genderbias in evaluation (M9-14). To be delivered by partner institutions, addressing gender bias identified for respective faculties/disciplines and making recommendations. These reports will notably draw upon personal Interviews with social partners and top scientific and administrative managers.

4. Seminars on governance & gender. To be held on M15, 25 & 35, these face-to-face seminars will gather experts on academic governance, gender and women in science issues. The first seminar will be held at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, counting with the participation of the "EU group" experts.
lt will initiate discussions to be held on the on-line CoP on the Charter for GE in evaluation & governance. These seminars will aim at providing an updated picture on gender equality as a key element for responsible governance in research.

5. Charter for GE in evaluation & governance (M15-24) will be elaborated, drawing upon the insights of the first seminar held on M15, and the discussions held through the on-line CoP. This charter will be endorsed by the governing bodies of partner institutions by the end of WP5 on M38, and its contents will be disseminated through WP7 beyond the consortium.