Checklist for Planning and Organising Development Work (METS)

METS, the Checklist for Planning and Organising Development Work, was developed by the Swedish Gender Mainstreaming Support Committee (JämStöd), a central government body.

The point of departure is that the first step in the work of gender mainstreaming is to create an action plan. In this plan, development work is clearly demarcated in terms of responsibilities, remits and role allocation. The purpose of METS is to pave the way for an action plan of this kind. METS stands for Monitoring and objectives, Education and training (in methods and theories, for example), Task-appropriate methods and procedures (such as gender statistics, mapping, gender-equality analysis, gender impact analyses of activities, decision-making data and proposals) and Support and coordination.

Follow these steps:

  1. Objectives and monitoring: if the work is to be successful, management must make clear to the entire organisation what has been decided and what is expected. If there is consistent follow-up, these directives will be taken seriously, since the various parts of the operation will need to have something to report.
  2. Training: training is fundamental to success; both management and staff must be made aware of gender theory and the aims of government gender equality policy. People need knowledge in order to understand and use information and analyses correctly.
  3. Methods and procedures: gender mainstreaming requires a systematic work approach. Staff must be equipped with methods that are adapted to the operation if they are to work effectively.
  4. Support and coordination: the process requires a staff function to coordinate the work in the organisation. A support organisation that can provide the workforce with inspiration and advice is also needed. Organised exchanges of experience make the work easier.

These components pave the way for an overview of what the activity requires in terms of organising the work of gender mainstreaming. This is derived from a conception of the current situation, an idea about further work and a basis for planning the management and organisation of gender-mainstreaming efforts.

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