Make a High-level Corporate Commitment to Adopt a Gender Responsive Approach to Innovation
- Review existing gender equality practices as it relates to innovation and consider how women can be better integrated in the innovation process
- Embed this thinking into the purpose of the organization
- Make a commitment to include women as innovators, stakeholders and end users throughout each of the five key innovation phases
- Identify current innovation initiatives within the organization that currently need more women participants and take steps to fill these gaps
- Communicate to the organization around the commitment and create a call to action for women to register to be involved
Design Innovations that Include Women as End Users
Include women in the idea generation process and make sure women are well represented on any mission control governance panels
Dependent on size of organisation try and utilise a curated innovation platform to engage as many women as possible within the organization
Consider both women and men as end users of the innovation.
Include women users in the process such as research, development, implementation and review
Ensure the specific needs of women have been identified at the ideation stage
Engage women in the design phase to test whether the innovation meets this needs assessment
Ensure the needs assessment considers the diverse intersectional needs of women by accounting for the overlapping nature of gender race, class, ethnicity religion and sexual orientation.
Adopt an adaptive approach to implementation to ensure innovations are gender responsive and meet the needs of women
Enroll women as end users of the innovation to ensure innovations are adapted as needed and meet the needs of women
Obtain feedback from women, as end users, the on the innovation throughout its development
As required adopt an adaptive approach to innovations, implementing the feedback of women as end users to ensure the innovations are fit for purpose
Ensure innovations developed are adapted to local contexts, accounting for the diverse needs of women
As part of the innovation stakeholder engagement strategy include women throughout the innovation implementation phase of the innovation cycle.
Evaluate the gender responsive impact using a data driven approach
Develop a measure that considers the impact on women and focus on outcomes rather than outputs
Cultivate innovations that can be measured at milestones
Understand the data gaps and use other real-time information to inform decisions
Evaluate solutions and use this to inform an assessment of impact on women and girls both in and outside of the organization
Review the innovation process for improvements and consider the key lessons learnt from a gender perspective. Take learnings from previous innovation projects the organization has conducted previously if applicable
Report on key lessons learnt and recommendations for future innovations.
Scale innovations that provide sustainable solutions to meet the needs of women and girls
Assess innovation from the design phase for scalability.
Assess innovations for application in different countries and contexts being cognizant of local cultures
Assess possible partnerships from the beginning that include organizations that champion gender equality
Empower women to pursue ideas that are for the collective good not just profit
Engage women in the sustainability development planning process.
Assess how the innovation can include women in the scaling and long-term development process.
Engage women in the testing and beta phases of innovation projects
Include women as developers and/or partners of the innovation