SSHRC committed to implementing gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) in 2015 and developed an implementation plan to ensure strong leadership, build organizational capacity, implement specific measures in program delivery, and monitor activities and outcomes. As well, a GBA+ responsibility centre and a cross-divisional co-ordination group were created to better support the integration of GBA+ across the organization.
At the program level, the tri-agency Canada Research Chairs Program is implementing its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan to respond to the recommendation in the program’s 15th-year evaluation that the program should require the institutions that receive Canada Research Chairs grants to adopt greater transparency and accountability in how they manage their allocation of chairs, including in the selection and renewal processes for chairholders. These new requirements will enable institutions to make swifter progress toward addressing the underrepresentation of the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities) within the program, and ensure institutions meet equity and diversity targets.
In terms of accountability mechanisms, at the corporate level, the Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance Division, is accountable for the regular reporting of the SSHRC-wide Equity and Diversity Implementation Plan to the Business Integration Committee and Management Accountability Committee, taking into account the advice of the co-ordination group.
For tri-agency institutional programs, the Associate Vice-President is accountable for reporting program and policy changes to the steering committee (composed of the presidents of the three federal granting agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI); the Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED); and the Deputy Minister, Health Canada) and to the Management Committee (composed of the vice-presidents for the research programs of all three federal granting agencies and CFI; and the Director, Research Policy and Outreach Division, at Health Canada; and the Director General, Innovation Policy, at ISED).
Most program and policy changes are examined using a GBA+ analysis.
In terms of monitoring, the responsibility centre and the co-ordination group report annually to SSHRC’s management committees and senior officials on the progress made against the implementation plan. The responsibility centre also reports to SSHRC’s governing council (through the Programs and Quality Committee).
For tri-agency institutional programs, an external advisory committee composed of national and international experts is mandated to provide advice to the steering committee.