Comparative evaluation of indicators for gender equity and health

Vivian Lin, Su Gruszin, Cara Ellickson, John Glover, Kate Silburn, Gai Wilson, Carolyn Poljski

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This paper reports on a comparative evaluation of indicators that are in use, or proposed for use, by leading international organizations to assess their adequacy for the purpose of monitoring key issues related to gender, equity and health.

A comprehensive health information framework was developed on a generic framework by the ISO (2001) to use for the analysis of gender equity within mainstream health systems. A sample of 1 095 indicators used by key international organizations were mapped to this framework and assessed for technical quality and gender sensitivity.

The evaluation found deficiencies in the indicators currently in use, from the viewpoint of both technical quality and underlying conceptual bases, as well as in their coverage of the framework, and especially in relation to health system performance.

Routine administrative reporting offered large numbers of indicators but these did not allow for monitoring of gender equity and health. The paper concludes that there is merit in developing a core set of leading indicators that can be used for comparisons across peer countries and communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S19-S26
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Issue numberSuppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


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