SPEAR's COMPASS is a holistic and practical approach that helps you draft an effective and sustainable Gender Equality Plan (GEP) and implement gender equality measures in your Research Performing Organisation (RPO).
Together with the EIGE GEAR-tool by the European Institute for Gender Equality, you will have important guidance to set up your institution's GEP. The EIGE GEAR-tool offers a comprehensive Step-by-Step guide for establishing a Gender Equality Plan and provides essential scaffolding for GEP design, implementation, and monitoring, while SPEAR's COMPASS supports you in ensuring the quality and sustainability of defined objectives and measures within your GEP.
SPEAR's COMPASS methodology draws on seven carefully selected principles (Creative, Open, Mitigating, Processual, Accountable, SMART, Sustainable).
The COMPASS approach incorporates and extends beyond the classic SMART-paradigm for defining objectives. While specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound objectives are deeply relevant to gender equality work, it is our understanding that effective gender equality practice and cultural change draw crucially on participation, processual skills, and a wider sustainability perspective than SMART objectives alone are able to capture.
To ensure that you include each guiding principle, we prepared a range of questions and inspirational material that will help you stay open, alert, and reflective in the complex undertaking of gender equality change work.
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