CALIPER Summative Evaluation

The present call for tenders applies to the summative evaluation of the H2020 project CALIPER: Linking research and innovation (R&I) for gender equality (GE). The project supports seven research performing organisations (RPOs) and two research funding organisations (RFOs) in nine different European countries (see table 1) in developing Gender Equality Plans (GEPs). In general, summative evaluations are conducted at the end of an intervention (or a particular phase of that intervention) to determine the extent to which anticipated outcomes were produced and is intended to provide information about the worth of the programme (OECD 2002, p. 35). The main aim of the summative evaluation of CALIPER is to gather evidence that can demonstrate the extent to which each individual GEP worked as intended and to which degree external factors have affected its outcomes and impacts in each case.

According to the call for tender, the focus of the evaluation should be on short-term and medium-term outcomes and the long-term impact and sustainability in order to know whether the objectives were achieved or not. However, it is worth mentioning that in particular long-term impacts are difficult to identify. The key challenges of impact assessment have been summarized by the European Court of Auditors (2008) as follows: attribution problems, timing problems (the time lag before impacts appear), the causality problem, measurement problems. The latter relates to issues of data availability and suitable indicators, the comparability of results, aggregation, but above all the need to understand dynamics properly and consider them in evaluations

To achieve the intended results, the creation of a broad empirical basis is necessary. This is achieved through the application and targeted combination of different methods (triangulation) and the use of different data sources. At the same time, the evaluation will pursue a multi-view approach in which the perspectives of different actors are integrated into the analyses, the respective interests of the survey groups are taken into account and condensed into an overall picture.

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