Based on the results of the self-assessment, and the lessons learned from Benchmarking Meeting No. 1, quality improvement should be done at home. The following is a description of different steps for systematically working with improvements. Go as far as you can before the next benchmarking meeting.
This programme is based on the PDSA model, which is also known as the quality cycle. Use the model and material that your organization usually uses for the systematic planning, implementation and follow-up of quality improvement efforts.
Remember to choose a well-defined area for improvement that is realistic to implement during the course of the project.
How should we proceed?
- Choose one or more areas for improvement that leads to increased gender equality.
- Start from your organization’s prioritized goals.
- Gather facts and data about the current state of things.
- Find out why the situation is the way it is today, and try to find the causes of the problems. Analyse and find possible solutions.
- Plan the testing and implementation of an improvement.
- Try implementing an improvement. Test the solution with the greatest chance of success. Start small.
- Study the results. Was there any improvement? Did we find the right solution? If not, try something else. Sometimes we need to take a few steps back.
- When the right solution is found, make sure it’s sustainable, and disseminate your solution.
- Reflect over what you’ve learned from the improvement, and communicate what we’ve learned.
What should be achieved?
- A number of planned or implemented quality improvements.
- Improvement on one or more of the points of the gender mainstreaming checklist.