About the Crowdsourcing Process


Thank you for your interest in contributing to this platform! Please take a moment to understand the platform, the project and its research partner organisations, in which context the platform was developed, and the phases and roles of the CrowdEquality crowdsourcing process:

IdeationThe goal of the Ideation phase is to collect information about Challenges (problems / issues) related to gender (in)equality that exist at the participating universities and research institutions, as well as about the Ideas (specific actions / measures / initiatives) that could be useful to address each of the identified Challenges.

Challenges and Ideas can be submitted by internal users who comprise all registered members of the participating universities and research institutions (students, academic and non-academic staff members etc.).
A wider audience of external users, i.e. registered users who are not members of the participating universities and research institutions, are encouraged to comment on and ‘Like’ the content submitted by internal users.

ReviewingThe goal of the Reviewing phase is to pre-select the feasible and promising ideas collected during the Ideation phase for the further Voting phase. This analysis is done by the involved stakeholders at each university / research institution.

VotingThe goal of the Voting phase is to identify the winning ideas that will be considered for inclusion in the Gender Equality Plans to be further implemented in practice. The winning ideas will be identified by upvoting or downvoting the ideas pre-selected in the Reviewing phase.

Both internal users and external users are encouraged to participate in the voting process!

ImplementationThe goal of the Implementation phase is to preserve information about the winning ideas for each challenge. Involved stakeholders at each university / research institution have an opportunity to post updates about the implementation of the winning ideas or sharing experiences if for some reason such implementation did not work.

About the User Roles

Internal Users

Internal Users are members of the universities participating in the crowdsourcing process on CrowdEquality. These universities have committed to promote gender equality through design and implementation of Gender Equality Plans. University members include everyone who has a respective university e-mail address and used this e-mail address during registration to CrowdEquality. They include students, academic and non-academic staff members etc. Further external contributors who do not have a university e-mail address, but closely collaborate with the university and have sufficient knowledge about the specific challenges faced by the university, can also be promoted to Internal Users by CrowdEquality moderators. Internal Users have access to the CrowdEquality private area created for their university. In this private area, they can submit information about existing Challenges (problems / issues) related to gender (in)equality, as well as about the Ideas (specific actions / measures / initiatives) that could be useful to address each of the identified Challenges. They also can ‘Like’ and comment on all CrowdEquality content. When submitting any content in the dedicated private area of CrowdEquality, Internal Users can differentiate, what content they would like to be visible to general public and what content should be visible only to the other Internal Users of the same university.

External Users

External Users do not belong to any of the universities participating in the crowdsourcing process on CrowdEquality, but their feedback is very appreciated! External Users can ‘Like’ and comment on any content submitted to CrowdEquality and marked as available for public view. Moderators Moderators are responsible that CrowdEquality works smooth. They keep track that no inappropriate content is published, analyse the submitted content, and can view and contribute to all content of all areas of CrowdEquality.

About CrowdEquality

CrowdEquality collects ideas and triggers discussions about promising initiatives for promoting gender equality and diversity and is specifically targeted at research institutions.

CrowdEquality strives to be an inclusive community that empowers men and women all over the world to freely discuss the issues of gender equality in research institutions. CrowdEquality is designed to connect academic and non-academic staff members working at research institutions, policy makers, gender experts, members of relevant NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) and national/international networks, as well as all individuals interested in the design and implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs).

CrowdEquality was developed by the team of eight Bachelor students studying Information Systems at the University of Münster as part of their project seminar in Winter Semester 2016/17 (https://www.wi.uni-muenster.de/student-affairs/course-offerings/227194)

About the Research Partner Organisations

Read more information about the current status of gender distribution at the RPOs

About the EQUAL-IST Project

The project aims at supporting seven IST research institutions from Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern European countries in designing and implementing tailored GEPs. CrowdEquality facilitates participatory co-design of tailored GEPs for each of these research institutions by collecting ideas that intend to address specific identified internal challenges related to gender equality.

The project combines gender mainstreaming and positive actions at four main levels:
  1. HR practices and management processes
  2. Research design and delivery
  3. Teaching and services for (potential) students
  4. Institutional communication

Within the EQUAL-IST project the issues of horizontal and vertical segregation in research and administrative careers, work-life balance, gender imbalance among bachelor, master, and doctoral students, as well as gender neutral/blind approach to IST research, will be addressed. This will be done by influencing organisational structures, discourse, and behaviour. In addition, the EQUAL-IST project will promote a participatory approach towards creation of gender equality policies, ensuring at the same time the active dialogue with and involvement of decision makers at the participating research institutions. The toolkits, guidelines, and methodologies developed during the EQUAL-IST project, as well as lessons learned, will be disseminated both inside and outside the European Union.

The project lasts from June 2016 until May 2019. For further information please visit http://equal-ist.eu.