Brooke Ackerly


Rights Based Evaluation

Rights Based Evaluation

     Professor Ackerly works in partnership with women’s movement organizations and their donors to increase movement learning. As part of the Millennium Development Goals challenge, Professor Ackerly developed a rights based approach to evaluation of grant-making. In addition to providing an evaluation of aparticular grant maker and a particular portfolio of grants, the evaluation provides guidelines and measures for accountable rights-based activism.

     Download the full report from the Global Fund for Women: Breakthrough Evaluation: an External Rights-based Evaluation of Grantmaking for Gender Equality.


Evaluation Scholarship & Articles

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Feminist Theory, Global Gender Justice, and the Evaluation of Grant-Making” by Professor Ackerly.

What is Happening to Donor Support for Women’s Rights?” at Contestations (Issue 4), by Rosalind Eyben.

Women’s Organizations and Global Governance: The Need for Diversity in Global Civil Society,” in the edited volume Global Governance, Global Government (SUNY Press 2011), by Professor Ackerly.

Resources for gender justice organization’s project and organizational evaluation

     Capturing Change in Women’s Realities by Srilatha Batiwala and Alexandra Pittman

     Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM): GEM is a guide to integrating a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for social change.  GEM provides a means for determining whether ICTs are really improving women’s lives and gender relations as well as promoting positive change at the individual, institutional, community and broader social levels.  The guide provides users with an overview of the evaluation process (including links to general evaluation resources) and outlines suggested strategies and methodologies for incorporating a gender analysis throughout the evaluation process. GEM does not contain step-by-step instructions to conducting evaluations.

     Gender at Work Framework:  The Gender at Work framework is a powerful tool that combines best practices in organizational development with feminist thought to help organizations see their work from new perspectives; i.e. we help them look at/uncover the “deep structure” of culture – the largely unexamined (invisible) values and mindsets that underpin “informal” (everyday) culture – at play in their organizations and in the communities they serve. The analysis that emerges through applying our framework helps organizations undertake more effective gender-equality planning and implementation.

     AWID’s Monitoring and Evaluation Wiki: “The aim of this wiki is to stimulate experience sharing and build a body of practical knowledge and experience of M&E in terms of measuring gender equality (or other related human rights issues). To that end, we have two primary sections, the first section is for individuals working on M&E or assessments to share thoughts, struggles, or successes for other members of the community to share. This is a space to pose questions or offer advice and to gain feedback from colleagues around the world. The second section is a compendium (a library of sorts) with descriptions of major M&E frameworks, approaches, and tools used to track social change and justice, along with the link to their original source. We also provide a brief overview and critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses. The strengths and weaknesses analysis have been written from the perspective of trying to capture the complexity of changes related to women’s rights work, building on the work of Capturing Changes in Women’s Realities. There are also case studies of different techniques for deeper discussion and experience exchange as well.”