Certification-Award Systems to Promote gender Equality in Research (CASPER)
The CASPER project aims at examining the feasibility of establishing a European award or certification system for gender equality in research organisations. Based on in-depth assessment of existing relevant systems, the project proposes to devise and validate four scenarios, including a no action scenario, in co-creation with national and international stakeholders. Each scenario will be pre-tested via a walk-through methodology, in order to understand their respective strengths/weaknesses, costs/benefits, other positive/negative impacts or their contextual relevance, and it will be subsequently validated with stakeholders.
The project will focus predominantly on gender-related inequalities in research and innovation, and will incorporate an intersectional perspective where possible. It will take place over a two-year period, and consider not only the European Union and its Member States but also relevant countries for gender equality certification/award systems such as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, the United States and Australia.
Within CASPER, besides participating in all work packages K&I is in charge of the validation process of the co-created scenarios. Following a walk-through methodology, each step of the scenarios will be analysed in depth with the affected stakeholders at five European research institutions. The aim is grasping in practice, being exposed to the diverse perspectives of all relevant internal stakeholders, the complexities of implementation of the different scenarios in multiple sites, thus collecting first-hand information to draft a set of recommendations concerning each scenario.