Caliper Project / Synergy Activities  / Οur scientific coordinator Maria Sanguiliano summarises the caliper experience so far!

Οur scientific coordinator Maria Sanguiliano summarises the caliper experience so far!

The European Commission’s most recent policy directions on Gender Equality in R&I and institutional change that seek for ‘inclusive’ GEPs, refer to “multi-sectoriality” as one of the central dimensions (along with intersectionality and geographic inclusiveness). The H2020 CALIPER project was designed and is now implemented, since 2020, having multisectoriality as its key specific feature to be embedded in all steps of the institutional change process, from the internal assessment to the GEPs design and implementation phases, as well as in monitoring and evaluation.

Even if the experience from the project is still ongoing our learning path on this matter can be summarised as follows:

  • It is important to re-interpret and re-define the multisectorialy/intersectorial dimension of inclusive GEPs going beyond the mere interaction with the private sector, relying on gender and feminist interpretations of innovation ecosystems and, including those ‘marginal’ actors whose voices and positions are often more critical of mainstream (often gender blind or neutral) innovation policies and discourses.
  • Synergy processes, alliances, and exogenous change factors can be featured as potential levers, generating exchanges of gender expertise, facilitating internal consensus-building particularly from high management positions, and their buy-in towards gender equality.
  • At the same time, risks are to be taken into account, and efforts well balanced as external factors can become scapegoats to avoid taking full responsibility towards internal change, or lead to losing focus from the internal change dynamics that have an already high level of complexity to handle.

Maria Sanguiliano’s article is hosted on our sister project SUPERA website.

Find the full article here.