Gender-based analysis plus

General information
Governance structures

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.

Human resources

6.8 full-time equivalents

Planned initiatives

Key initiatives for 2018–19 include the following three initiatives, which are all geared toward strengthening SSHRC’s ability to monitor the equity performance of its suite of programs:

  1. SSHRC is now revising its tools/instruments to include GBA+ systematically in program evaluation processes.
  2. For tri-agency institutional programs, SSHRC is including questions in all annual reports—from both chairholders and institutions—that will generate a data set that can be analyzed to understand how diverse the research teams are, what measures the institutions are implementing to bolster the equity, diversity and inclusion of their research teams, and what measures are being taken to address any systemic barriers. To provide a framework for this monitoring, an equity, diversity and inclusion performance management strategy was developed that outlines the expected outcomes in the immediate, intermediate and long term.
  3. As part of an ongoing commitment to strengthen equity and diversity in research, SSHRC will assist the Canada Research Coordinating Committee to “review the barriers facing under-represented groups and enhance data collection and reporting,” as stated in its mandate from the Minister of Science. One major initiative will consist of implementing requirements and mechanisms for collecting personal information on applicants in order to monitor the participation of underrepresented groups in SSHRC’s funding opportunities. This project will be co-ordinated through an interagency working group involving representatives from SSHRC (including the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Genome Canada, and CFI. In response to Budget 2018, the federal research granting agencies will also publish an annual report for Canadians on progress in addressing equity and diversity issues.