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

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dc.contributor.author Pololi, Linda
dc.contributor.author Ovseiko, Pavel
dc.contributor.author Greenhalgh, Trisha
dc.contributor.author Adam, Paula
dc.contributor.author Grant, Jonathan
dc.contributor.author Hinrichs-Krapels, Saba
dc.contributor.author Graham, Kathyrn
dc.contributor.author Valentine, Pamela
dc.contributor.author Sued, Omar
dc.contributor.author Boukhris, Omar
dc.contributor.author Al Olaqi, Nada
dc.contributor.author Al Rahbi, Idrees
dc.contributor.author Dowd, Anne-Maree
dc.contributor.author Bice, Sara
dc.contributor.author Heiden, Tamika
dc.contributor.author Fischer, Michael
dc.contributor.author Dopson, Sue
dc.contributor.author Norton, Robyn
dc.contributor.author Pollitt, Alexandra
dc.contributor.author Wooding, Steven
dc.contributor.author Balling, Gert
dc.contributor.author Jakobsen, Ulla
dc.contributor.author Kuhlmann, Ellen
dc.contributor.author Klinge, Ineke
dc.contributor.author Jagsi, Reshma
dc.contributor.author Lawton Smith, Helen
dc.contributor.author Etzkowitz, Henry
dc.contributor.author Nielsen, Mathais
dc.contributor.author Carrion, Carme
dc.contributor.author Solnas-Domenech, Maite
dc.contributor.author Vizcaino, Esther
dc.contributor.author Naing, Lin
dc.contributor.author Cheok, Quentin
dc.contributor.author Eckelmann, Baerbel
dc.contributor.author Simuyemba, Moses
dc.contributor.author Msiska, Temwa
dc.contributor.author Declich, Giovanna
dc.contributor.author Edmunds, Laurel
dc.contributor.author Kiparoglou, Vasiliki
dc.contributor.author Buchan, Alison
dc.contributor.author Williamson, Catherine
dc.contributor.author Lord, Graham
dc.contributor.author Channon, Keith
dc.contributor.author Surender, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Buchan, Alastair
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-14T16:42:47Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-14T16:42:47Z
dc.date.issued 2016-07-19
dc.identifier.citation Ovseiko et al. Health Research Policy and Systems (2016) 14:50
dc.identifier.issn 1478-4505
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/35136
dc.description Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.description.abstract Global investment in biomedical research has grown significantly over the last decades, reaching approximately a quarter of a trillion US dollars in 2010. However, not all of this investment is distributed evenly by gender. It follows, arguably, that scarce research resources may not be optimally invested (by either not supporting the best science or by failing to investigate topics that benefit women and men equitably). Women across the world tend to be significantly underrepresented in research both as researchers and research participants, receive less research funding, and appear less frequently than men as authors on research publications. There is also some evidence that women are relatively disadvantaged as the beneficiaries of research, in terms of its health, societal and economic impacts. Historical gender biases may have created a path dependency that means that the research system and the impacts of research are biased towards male researchers and male beneficiaries, making it inherently difficult (though not impossible) to eliminate gender bias. In this commentary, we – a group of scholars and practitioners from Africa, America, Asia and Europe – argue that gender-sensitive research impact assessment could become a force for good in moving science policy and practice towards gender equity. Research impact assessment is the multidisciplinary field of scientific inquiry that examines the research process to maximise scientific, societal and economic returns on investment in research. It encompasses many theoretical and methodological approaches that can be used to investigate gender bias and recommend actions for change to maximise research impact. We offer a set of recommendations to research funders, research institutions and research evaluators who conduct impact assessment on how to include and strengthen analysis of gender equity in research impact assessment and issue a global call for action.
dc.description.sponsorship Funded by European Commission & IGRUE FP7 award TRIGGER: Transforming Institutions by Gendering contents and Gaining Equality in Research (2014–2017) Grant Agreement n° 611034, the John Fell Fund and the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, University of Oxford, and support from the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.rights Copyright by the authors 2016
dc.subject Research impact assessment
dc.subject Gender
dc.subject Path dependency
dc.subject Health research
dc.subject Science policy
dc.subject Athena SWAN
dc.title A global call for action to include gender in research impact assessment
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-016-0126-z


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