Toolkits and Methodologies

Our commitment to building the capacity of other stakeholders to implement equitable programs has led us to assemble toolkits and methodologies for a number of clients. These reference guides allow practitioners to continue learning and improving their work long after trainings or workshops are over. We have developed toolkits for a number of clients including USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center for International Forestry Research and others.

Examples of Our Work

Assessing How Agricultural Technologies can Change Gender Dynamics and Food Security Outcomes

Cultural Practice, LLC (CP), as a consortium partner of the INGENAES project funded by USAID, developed the technology assessment toolkit. The toolkit methodology aids practitioners and researchers in assessing whether agricultural technologies they use or will use are gender-responsive and nutrition-sensitive in terms of design, use, and dissemination. The INGENAES technology assessment toolkit can be used to improve the design and dissemination of agricultural technologies in ways that increase adoption by men and women farmers.

Gender Analysis Toolkit for Health Systems

CP developed the Gender Analysis Toolkit with JHPIEGO. The purpose of the Gender Analysis Toolkit is to provide research questions to guide data collection when performing a project-level gender analysis. The Toolkit provides illustrative questions related to the five domains described in USAID’s Automated Directive System 205, which are: 1) Laws, regulations, and institutional practices; 2) Cultural norms and beliefs; 3) Gender roles, responsibilities, and time used; 4) Access to and control over assets and resources; and 5) Patterns of power and decision-making.

Promoting Gender Equitable Opportunities in Agricultural Value Chains: A Handbook

CP was the lead technical partner in the development of USAID’s first gender and agricultural value chain analysis methodology and training program. This handbook describes a framework for understanding how gender issues affect value chain development programs and a process for identifying and designing interventions to overcome gender-based constraints.

Manual for Integrating Gender into Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS programs

CP was responsible for a major revision of this manual, originally published in 2004 (also authored by CP). It focuses on the “how” of gender integration and has been used by program managers, designers of new programs, and gender trainers widely as an invaluable tool for integrating gender concerns into program design, implementation, and evaluation, thereby improving reproductive health through equitable gender relations. The revised version includes new case studies and additional tools for gender analysis.

Livelihood Options for Girls: A Guide for Program Managers and Identifying Appropriate Livelihood Options for Adolescent Girls- A Program Design Tool

CP developed tools for USAID program managers and collaborating implementing agencies to select appropriate livelihood program options for different groups of adolescent girls to reduce the economic vulnerabilities that make them susceptible to HIV transmission.