Sex/Gender-responsive assessment scale for health research

Responsive Scale Description
Sex/Gender-Blind

Ignores sex & gender trends and needs. Sex and gender are excluded as a variable in research design and methodology

  • Possible sex and gender trends and needs have not been reviewed
  • Sample size is not representative of the general population based on sex/gender; results can only be generalized to one sex or gender
  • Data is not disaggregated by sex or gender, nor will it be analyzed or reported
Sex/Gender-Sensitive

Acknowledges the differences in sex & gender trends and needs without inclusion of sex/gender in the research design

  • Literature review acknowledges differences based on sex/gender

and/or

  • Data is disaggregated by sex
Sex/Gender-Specific

Acknowledges the differences in sex & gender trends and needs with inclusion of sex/gender in the research design

  • Literature review acknowledges differences based on sex/gender
  • Data is disaggregated by sex/gender
  • Data analysis seeks to explain differences for each sex/gender
Gender-transformative
  • Considers gender norms, roles and relations for people of all genders and that these affect access to and control over resources
  • Considers the specific needs of people of all genders
  • Addresses the causes of gender-based health inequities
  • Includes ways to transform harmful gender norms, roles and relations
  • The objective is often to promote gender equality
  • Includes strategies to foster progressive changes in power relationships between people of all genders

Note: “Sex/gender” refers to sex or gender, as these two terms are not synonymous (please see above definitions). Depending on the research question, only sex or gender may be relevant. However in many cases both sex and gender should be analyzed.

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