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Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

Status of Women Canada
GBA+ is an analytical tool that considers identity factors such as sex, gender race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability. The “plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that GBA goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences. These factors are not an exhaustive list and only represent those listed explicitly in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The steps required to complete this intersectionality analysis are:

  1. Identify the key issue
  2. Challenge assumptions
  3. Gather the facts – research and consult

If information is not available, don’t abandon your analysis. Identify gaps in data and make data collection part of your initiative’s objectives and evaluation measures.

  1. Develop options and make recommendations

Using the data you have gathered, indicate how the options you propose respond to the specific issues you identified. Present your GBA+ findings to decision makers.

  1. Monitor and evaluate

Highlight data gaps and address unintended outcomes for diverse groups. Incorporate them into strategy renewals or management responses.

  1. Document

As GBA+ is an evidence-based process, it is critical to document your research and findings, including any consultations (formal or informal). List all individuals and organizations consulted, including notes from interviews.

  1. Communicate

Identify your target audiences, and tailor your messaging appropriately. Remember to share or discuss your GBA+ results within your organization. This will demonstrate due diligence, foster buy-in with stakeholders, and identify areas for further action.

To learn more about GBA+, click here, watch a step-by-step video guide here, or take a free online introductory course here.