Policy evaluation and gender mainstreaming in the European Union: the perfect (mis)match?
This article assesses the ability of the European Commission’s current approach to policy evaluation to evaluate gender mainstreaming and, in turn, other cross-cutting social agendas (Articles 8–10 TFEU). Taking European Union research policy as a case study, through our analysis, we reveal mismatches between current evaluation standards adopted within the Better Regulation framework and requirements for effectively assessing progress towards cross-cutting social objectives, such as gender equality. The article concludes with a series of recommendations to overcome the identified shortcomings. Our analysis constitutes a key contribution to the development of feminist scholarship on the post-implementation phase of the policy process.
- The European Commission’s Better Regulation framework provides standards for evaluation.
- The Better Regulation framework does not accommodate requirements for evaluating social agendas.
- To meet gender mainstreaming commitments, the Commission’s approach to evaluation ought to change.
- The article offers suggestions for strengthening evaluation from a gender equality perspective.
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