Posted: September 18th, 2022



Secondary Gender Analysis and Data Collection Plan

Assignment Description (also in word here):

The final assignment for MDP 510 has two parts, 1) a secondary gender analysis related
to your topic below; and 2) a data collection plan that would allow you to ground truth
your gender analysis and create actionable recommendations that are part of a gender

Topic: Access to Land for Women in Agriculture, case study, Global Growers Netwark.

The format of this assignment will mirror a grant proposal. The necessary section title
and short descriptions are below. Keep in mind that:

• While the plans presented in research proposals are often modified during the
research process, the drafting of this initial document is fundamental to the success
of the project. Conducting the gender analysis helps to situate the project and
develop a shared understanding, plan, and procedure;

• This analysis can serve as a baseline guide for implementation and evaluation; it may
be referred to for clarifications throughout the process and can ensure the project
stays on track, adheres (at lease loosely) to the intended logic initially developed, or
can clearly articulate how changed understandings or new information led to changed
approaches in later M&E documentation.


Imagine that you are part of a team tasked with designing a project that you will
implement. Your task is to develop the gender framework for the project. As we have
seen, ALL projects have some gender elements and impacts regardless of if they focus
explicitly on gender. Information that you have regarding your project will inform your
analysis and data collection plan. You will:

1. Conduct background research on the topic to complete your secondary gender

2. Develop a gendered conceptual framework, based on theoretical assumptions;
3. Detail the partnerships that will be developed and how the research will be

participatory in nature;
4. Create and operationalize a data collection plan that would build on your secondary

analysis (this includes but is not limited to making interview scripts, focus group
decision guides, etc.);

5. Create a timeline for your data collection that could occur over the summer (though
your analysis can occur after the end of your practicum)

6. Develop preliminary recommendations for your project based on your secondary
analysis and data collection plans;

7. Write up a personal reflection on this activity that considers potential barriers or
limitations to this research plan, and your own thoughts about creating the plan and
on the possibility of implementing it.


We have looked at many different kinds of gender analyses over the course of this
semester. You can review USAID and CARE Gender Analyses for examples of what parts
of your final project might look like. Many of the readings from the first part of the
semester could be used to support an articulation of your theoretical framework, ie,
what are the assumptions, values, theories, that underscore why you are approaching
your work in the ways that you are. Journal article methods sections, the Gender
Analysis Framework Presentations, and organizational research toolkits may be useful
for thinking through your data collection methods. Referring to Alyssa Bovell’s
presentation and paper guide may also be useful.

Due Dates:

The final paper is due April 27th by 5:00 pm.

General Hints :

This is not an essay or paper – you are making an argument that the gender analysis and
implementation plan that you have developed is needed in the world and is integral to
the success of the project that you are involved in. A GREAT version of this assignment
would be one that you could show to your summer supervisor and for them to say, “Yes!
Brilliant! Let’s add this to your summer activities!”

Always in a proposal, one should be confident that your plan will (not could) work.
However, this should be tempered with the fact that you need to acknowledge that
there may be needs to diverge from your plan.

Gender Analysis and Data Collection Sections:

All of your final assignments should include the following sections. A brief description of
what goes in each section follows:

Abstract (500 words)
• Sort of like an executive summary!
• Summary of the overarching project- meaning the project presented to you;
• High level description of the findings of your secondary analysis;
• High level description of your data collection plan and its benefits;
• Hint!: This analysis should get someone (like your supervisor) excited about this

project and the relevance of gender to it. To do this it is helpful to start with the
“punch line” right from the beginning – what are the stakes, why is it important. Then
you can back track.

Statement of Problem, Rationale and
Significance (500 words)

• State the problem being addressed in your project and the rationale and justification
for the objectives. State the potential impact of the anticipated project outcome.
Begin this Statement of the Problem section as: “The purpose of this project is to…”;

• It should cover why it is necessary to address the issue that your project is addressing
with a gendered lens;

• This section should cite outside materials.

Broader Context (500 words)
• Explain the broader context in which your project is occurring and issues related to

gender that are relevant in that context, examples might include statistics on labor,
family structures, legal rulings, etc. (this is what you want your reader to know about
the context in which your specific project is occurring, it should be broader than the
problem statement but not so broad as to be “patriarchy is a problem everywhere…”);

• This section should cite outside materials.

Theoretical Orientation (250 words)
• This section covers how you are approaching the project, what are the assumptions

that you are making, how you are thinking about the project and your data collection,
may include reference to similar projects, schools of thought, etc.;

• Examples might include thinking through how intersectional lenses might apply to
your specific project, drawing on a feminist political ecology approach and explaining
what that means, considering social norms change as a pathway to behavior change,

• This section should cite outside materials that support your theoretical framing.

Specific Gender Considerations (250 words)
• Based on your theoretical orientation, you are advocating for your project to take up

certain gender considerations; what the parts of a gender system that your project is

Objectives of the Project (250 words)
• What is your project trying to achieve? This section could be bullet points. Overall,

your project should not have more than five objectives (as this is a gender analysis,
each objective should be somehow related to gender concerns).

Partnerships (250 words)
• Explain who is involved in the project and how their work will be integrated into the

project (this can be beneficiaries, partner organizations, consultants, etc)
• How you will ensure there is equity, inclusion, and/or appropriate participation in the

research process
• HINT: partners are people who work WITH you. They can simultaneously be

participants meaning interviews etc will be done with them- however what is key is
that a partner guides the research or conducts the research in some way.

Data Collection Approach and Methods (1000

• Detail the methods you will employ;
• What are the rationale for your choices;
• Explain the plan for executing the methods you chose;
• Who will conduct what aspects of the data collection (be sure to include all of those

conducting research);
• Include a visual timeline of when activities occur (data collection should occur during

your practicum, analysis can be slated for after; this will require you to think through
what is realistic in terms of the data collection that you can feasibly do);

Recommendations (250 words)
• Provide some recommendations for your overall project based on your secondary

gender analysis and your data collection plan;
• Remember, to the extent possible, these should be SMART (specific, measurable,

achievable, relevant, and timebound);
• Your goal is for these to be things that people that you are working with

could actually do.

Literature Cited (minimum of 10 sources, grey
literature or peer-reviewed)

• Your overall final project should include at least 10 sources from a combination of
grey literature and peer-reviewed documents;

• Grey literature may include project reports, toolkits, statistics drawn from existing
data sets, etc.

• Journal articles or books should also be included.

Appendix (as needed)
• All interview scripts, focus group guidelines, operationalized research exercises, etc.
• These should be numbered (ex. A.V.1) and their numbers referred to in the body of

the proposal.

Personal Reflection (500 words)
• You should complete your final paper with a personal reflection. This is your chance

to tell me about your experience undertaking this project, gaps that you encountered,
concerns that you experienced, etc.



Link: USAID_GenderEquality_Policy.2020

2. Gender Analysis and Assessment – USIAD JORDAN

LIMK: USAID Jordan.Gender_Analysis_and_Assessment_-_2012


Link: USAID Cambodia_Gender and inclusive development analysis


Link: USAID 2012 – GenderEqualityPolicy

5. A Guide to Gender Analysis Framework

Link: Oxfam – Guide to Gender Analysis Frameworks (1)

6. Mainstreaming Gender

Link: Mukhopadhyay – Mainstreaming Gender or Streaming Away

7. Under Western eyes’ revisited: feminist;

Mohanty – Under Western Eyes Revisted Abridged

8. Gender Data Disaggregation

Gender Data Disaggregation Exercises

9. B Feminist Political Ecology

Link: Elmhirst – Feminist Political Ecology

10. G Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race

Link: Crenshaw _Demarginalizing_

11. Politicizing Masculinities in Development

Link: Cornwall et al – Politicizing Masculinities in Development

12. Gender and Development: A Historical Overview

Link: Beneria et al – GAD Historical Overview

13. H The Waves of Feminism

Link: 6236_Chapter_1_Krolokke_2nd_Rev_Final_Pdf














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