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Data, tools and measurement: guide to recent resources


Written by Rachel Marcus


How can quantitative and qualitative data shed light on processes of gender norm change? What tools can be used to understand how gender norms are changing and how to measure that change? 

Understanding whether, how far, and why gender norms are changing generally requires a combination of qualitative and quantitative data. This guide collates relevant resources for measuring change in gender norms and places them within four sub-themes:

  • data and indicators
  • qualitative and mixed methods tools
  • quantitative tools and approaches
  • monitoring and evaluating the impact of norm change approaches

This is an area that is developing at speed, and that spans in-depth qualitative analysis, quantitative data drawn from the local level, big data and international indices. There is growing innovation in tools for understanding and measuring changes in gender norms, some taking a broad view, and some focused on particular sectors and issues.

Rachel Marcus