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Table 2 Recommendations to include and strengthen analysis of gender equity in research impact assessment

From: A global call for action to include gender in research impact assessment

Stakeholders Recommendations
Research funders • Conduct retrospective and prospective observational gender-based research impact assessment to inform implementation of gender equity policies
• Adopt policies to ensure that researchers address relevant sex and gender issues in their research designs and analyses
• Identify and apply evidence-based approaches to integrating gender equity into research funding criteria
• Where appropriate, support theoretical and applied research on the scientific, societal and economic impact of gender equity in research
Research institutions • Establish information systems for collecting and analysing gender-based information on the research process
• Work towards improving and refining the quality of gender-based data
• Train and support interested students and staff to include gender in research impact assessment
• Establish gender equity activity as a criterion for performance management and annual appraisal and promotion
Research evaluators • Engage with the research impact assessment literature with a view to identifying and applying evidence-based tools and approaches to gender-sensitive research impact assessment
• Identify, investigate and address gender differences in research production and impact, including commercialisation
• Increase the objectivity of research impact assessment by conducting evaluations in gender-balanced teams using an appropriate mix of methods
• Collaborate and share knowledge through gender-balanced networks and communities of practice
• Engage impact assessment users and the public in debate on gender bias and recommend actions for change