The expert consultation included a diverse group of scientists, practitioners and project managers from both the Global North and the Global South who were identified and selected by the technical working group.2 These experts had various kinds of experience in designing, implementing and/or monitoring and evaluating gender transformative programmes or interventions in the context of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. The objectives of the consultation were to: (i) review and discuss the annotated outline of the Guidelines; and (ii) obtain new and critical expert insights on appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) standards for encouraging, supporting and measuring gender transformative change.
The consultation identified common challenges faced when assessing the complex area of gender transformative change and the M&E strategies that have proven successful in overcoming them. Experts were also asked to share how they and/or their organizations conceptualize and measure gender transformative change, including the metrics and indicators they use. The expert consultation yielded important insights, which have been incorporated into these Guidelines.
The Guidelines build on and complement previous JP GTA knowledge products such as the Gender transformative approaches for food security, improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture – A compendium of fifteen good practices (FAO, IFAD and WFP, 2020) and the Guide to formulating gendered social norms indicators in the context of food security and nutrition.