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Gender Analysis and Integration Matrix (GAIM)

Iris Group’s approach to integrating gender into USAID projects (GAIM) is based directly on the ADS Chapter 205 regulations and the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, and rooted in team members’ participation in the USAID Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) where they were key to shaping the approach to and training on gender analysis and integration from the IGWG’s inception.  Using the GAIM matrix, Iris Group works with project stakeholders to set the objectives for the analysis and identify key gender analysis questions specific to the project’s parameters. We combined qualitative and quantitative methods in conjunction with systematic literature review to identify priority issues, their relevance for the project, and potential project strategies in response.

We validate findings in close conversation with project stakeholders, then collaboratively prioritize project actions. We map recommendations to each project’s results framework through a gender integration strategy. From there depending on the needs of the project we provide a range of services, including coaching and support for the project’s in-country gender advisor; gender training for staff and partner organizations; ongoing technical assistance or research for a project’s technical teams; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning throughout project lifespan.

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Systems Approaches to Social Inclusion (SASI)
Systems Approaches to Social Inclusions SASI

As a complement to the GAIM, Iris Group uses a participatory approach to system dynamics across different projects and phases of project lifecycles. System dynamics is a method for understanding, managing, and designing change within complex systems (be it . It does so modeling the relationships between variables in a system and illustrating how these relationships influence the behaviour of the system over time. Our approach employs group model building (GMB), a process in which we collaboratively build system dynamics models with many different actors (with different perspectives) interested in addressing a problem. Iris Group uses SASI both with institutional and project level staff as well as the communities in which we work directly. Specifically, SASI helps to:

  • Expose individual mental models of a complex problem to a wider audience, and thus aid in the individual and group learning process

  • Facilitate the creation of shared insights, consensus, and motivation among multiple stakeholders for tackling a problem

  • Identify, analyze, and prioritize the most effective leverage points to influence change

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Social Norms Change

Restrictive social and gender norms sustain and reinforce systemic inequalities between groups. Iris Group has expertise in social norms change in multiple areas, including through community-facilitation teams in Tanzania (link) and behavior change communication in Nepal and Kenya (link). Close attention to social norms informs all of our work, particularly in gender analysis and integration. The culture that social norms create also inform how we work as a team – non-hierachical, collaborative, and with a work-life balance that supports each of us as family members and community members.