This document provides hands-on guidance for setting up and launching a Gender Equality Audit and Monitoring (GEAM) survey. The GEAM survey is an integrated environment for carrying out survey-based gender equality audits in organizations. It aims to enable interested researchers as well as gender equality practitioners with little experience in the social sciences and survey methodology to deploy questionnaires that generate high-quality data.

The GEAM tool is based upon the Athena Survey of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET), which has been used to explore gender differences in the perceptions and experiences of male and female academics working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). It has been extended with new questions/topics and adapted to better fit the varying national contexts in Europe. The GEAM tool has been developed within the framework of the ACT project. Development was led by Advance HE (UK), FUOC (Spain) and Notus (Spain) in collaboration with the Consortium.

The following document provides concrete instructions to setup and customize the GEAM survey. It is structured as a hands-on manual which will take interested researchers from the initial setup of the questionnaire, to its customization, deployment and the downloading of results.

The overall support for the GEAM includes a template to generate the descriptive statistics from the survey as Word file. Guidance on in-depth analysis of survey items is available as a separate manual.

The GEAM has been implemented with the LimeSurvey Community Edition survey platform. LimeSurvey is a software package for carrying out professional surveys and as such resembles similar environments such as SurveyMonkey or Google Forms. However, contrary to these commercial solutions, ACT has opted for a freely available open source survey platform, in order to comply with data protection requirements of our project, and minimize long-term costs while being able to offer advanced survey features at no additional costs.

Since the ACT GEAM tool is implemented with LimeSurvey CE hosted on the ACT server, this guidance document combines issues related to the content of the survey with more technical issues of using the LimeSurvey platform.

Main references to be consulted with this document:

  • The LimeSurvey Manual available online in different languages: Consult this document for technical issues with the LimeSurvey platform itself.

  • The documentation of the GEAM survey modules and choice of measurement scales and related scientific literature

  • The GEAM Analysis Manual including instructions on how to conduct in-depth statistical analysis and for interpreting the results is available here.

You can consult an online version of the GEAM survey under the following URLs:

Version 1 of the GEAM has been revised during Spring 2021 incorporating feedback from several deployments in universities across Europe during 2020. The resulting version 2 of the GEAM is optimized and shortened.

GEAM Translations

The GEAM questionnaire is available in 8 additional languages, apart from English. The translations have been made possible by the generous contributions of the following people:

Language v1 v2 Translated and revised by
Portuguese x x Ana Petronilho, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
German x x Kathrin Rabsch, TU Berlin, Germany
Polish x x Ewa Krzaklewska, Paulina Sekuła, Marta Warat, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Poland
Lithuanian x x Aurelija Novelskaite, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Ukrainian x x Tetiana Median, Chernivtsi National Univesity, Ukraine
Slovenian x Ana Hofman, Jovana Mihajlović, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia
Spanish x x Blas Fernandez, FLACSO Argentina; Sergi Yanes, UOC, Spain
French x x Florian Beauvallet, Conference des de mission parité diversité,
Italian x Natasha Sega, SmartVenice, Italy
Greek x Leonidas Antoniou, Cyprus
Czech x Jarmila Lancošová, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Romanian x Alisa Petroff, UOC, Spain
Serbian x Balsa Delibasic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

ACT Consortium

The ACT consortium consists of 17 partners: Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (project coordinator, Spain), Portia (UK), NOTUS (Spain), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft MBH (Austria), Advance HE (UK), Loughborough University (UK), Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Costa Rica), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Science Foundation Ireland (Ireland), Umweltbundesamt (Germany), Stiftung Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton (Germany), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), Fundació Centre de Regulació Genòmica (Spain), Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (Poland), Znanstvenoraziskovalni Center Slovenske Akademije Znanosti in Umetnosti - ZRC SAZU (Slovenia), and Haskoli Islands (Iceland).

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