Process

Welcome to the tutorials on the process of sex- and gender-based analysis.

Many existing guides and tools explain SGBA by offering checklists of questions or steps. While checklists can be very helpful, they can also create the impression that SGBA consists of a single formula or template applied to every situation, issue, or population. Our approach avoids formulas and checklists in favour of the thinking about SGBA as an iterative process of integrating the core concepts into health planning, policy, and research. The word “iterative” simply means repeating steps or instructions. In the case of SGBA, iteration involves regularly reflecting on the content and process, adjusting our analysis to address gaps, inconsistencies, and oversights, as well as accommodating new knowledge or insights.

Thinking of SGBA as a process allows for flexibility in how we apply it. Therefore, we can enter the process at any point, which means you may start with any of the modules that interest you. If you are new to SGBA, you may want to start at the Issues Module and go from there. If you have done SGBA before, you may want to visit the modules that interest you or are related to your own work. For example, if you work in a research setting where you’ve been asked to look into a specific health topic, you might find it helpful to start at the Issues Module. As a policy analyst who often receives a set of recommendations ready to be implemented, you may want to start at the Recommendations Module. No matter where you start, you will likely find yourself moving to other parts of the process as well as to the concepts modules.

The modules in this section describe the process of SGBA and will help you learn how to apply the core concepts and conduct an SGBA. To start the tutorials, either use the menu bar or click on a link below. There are five modules in this section:

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