ASDO is supporting the Department for Equal Opportunities - DPO in designing and implementing European projects on gender in science since 2007 (see PRAGES and WHIST).

The main role of ASDO in STAGES, started far before its funding by the EC, concerns the technical assistance to and the evaluation of the five Action plans under way in as many countries, as well as the implementation of an accompanying research, geared at formalising the lessons learned and taking stock of the project results, through final Guidelines.

The approach of such central activities is based on the constant monitoring of the Action plans; the promotion of mutual learning processes among the partners; the active participation of all partners; a sort of “principle of economy” and optimisation, geared at avoiding duplications, and minimising unnecessary internal bureaucracy.

Several tools have been devised to the aim of sustaining an effective implementation of the Action plans, i.e. on-site visits, periodic meetings in presence and at a distance, bilateral and joint monitoring sessions, a project Intranet.

Moreover, ASDO is in charge of the detailed planning of all project activities and cooperates with the DPO in the monitoring and quality assessment of STAGES as a whole.

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