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Top Ten Don’ts of GBA Plus

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GBA Plus helps ensure that everyone can benefit equally from government programs and services, regardless of the many identity factors that make us unique.

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Benefit equally
Programs
Services
Identity factors
Unique)

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But there are some common misconceptions that can prevent you from doing a comprehensive GBA Plus.

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Comprehensive)

Here are the Top 10 “don’ts” to watch out for to help sharpen your GBA Plus reflex!

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Number 10 – Only mention that the proposal will benefit both men and women.

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Only mention that the proposal will benefit
Men
Women)

GBA Plus helps us move beyond the gender binary by assessing impacts on diverse groups of people of all genders, and by supporting strategies to mitigate impacts.

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Helps us move beyond the gender binary
Supporting
Strategies
Mitigate
Impacts)

Number 9 – When asking Cabinet for a mandate to negotiate an agreement or contract, indicate that a GBA Plus cannot be conducted until the negotiation is complete.

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Mandate to negotiate an agreement or contract
A GBA Plus cannot be conducted until the negotiation is complete)

GBA Plus can help to inform objectives and the negotiation.

For example, whose point of view is reflected in defining the problem?

Who will be at the negotiation table?

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Inform objectives & the negotiation
Whose point of view is reflected in defining the problem?
Who will be at the table?)

Number 8 – Indicate that the proposal is designed to target vulnerable groups and does not require a GBA Plus.

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The proposal is designed to target vulnerable groups)

GBA Plus can help ensure that actions targeting vulnerable groups achieve greater equality for diverse groups of people.

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Actions targeting vulnerable groups
Achieve greater equality
Diverse groups of people)

Number 7 – After failing to conduct a GBA Plus for a proposal to Cabinet, pledge to do it during implementation.

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After failing to conduct a GBA Plus
Proposal
Pledge to do a GBA Plus during
Implementation)

GBA Plus must be part of the proposal itself!

Ministers need thorough analysis to inform all of their decisions.

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Must be part of the proposal itself!
Analysis
Inform all decisions)

Number 6 – Indicate that the proposal meets a low-risk criteria, making GBA Plus unnecessary.

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Indicate that the proposal meets a low-risk criteria)

Embrace every opportunity to discuss the impacts of an initiative; your analysis might shed light on emerging issues.

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Discuss the impacts of an initiative
Emerging issues)

Remember that processes such as Government responses support the public interest.

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Number 5 – Provide disaggregated statistics only, without offering corresponding analysis.

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Provide disaggregated statistics only,
Without offering corresponding analysis)

Although gathering disaggregated data is key to a good GBA Plus, it’s only one part of the process.

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It’s only one part of the process)

Quantitative and qualitative data serve to assess potential impacts, identify possible mitigation strategies and inform the proposal.

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Assess potential impacts
Identify possible mitigation strategies
Inform the proposal)

Number 4 – Only discuss employment equity considerations.

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Only discuss employment equity considerations)

GBA Plus helps us move beyond providing equal opportunities, to advancing more equitable impacts of the opportunities.

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Helps us move beyond providing
Equal opportunities, to advancing more
Equitable impacts of the opportunities)

Number 3 – Say that there are women on your Board.

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Say that there are women on your board)

While important, securing gender parity on a Board does not change the requirement for GBA Plus to inform all Cabinet proposals.

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Requirement for GBA Plus to inform all cabinet proposal)s

Number 2 – Refer to a past GBA Plus as a reason why one isn’t required this time.

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As a reason why GBA Plus isn’t required)

GBA Plus must be part of each stage of analysis.

Although a past GBA Plus can provide valuable input, a new proposal will have its own diversity-related considerations.

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A past GBA Plus can provide valuable input)
A new proposal will have its own diversity-related considerations

Also, recently generated data and research could help you update and refine the findings of an older GBA Plus.

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Update and refine an older GBA Plus)

Number 1 – Conduct a superficial analysis, failing to show that your analysis is based on data and research, or that analysis informed or shaped the proposal.

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Conduct a superficial analysis
Analysis is based on data and research
Analysis
Informed or
Shaped the proposal)

This is the classic example of a GBA Plus that is tacked on at the last minute, with little consideration for the proposal put before Ministers.

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GBA Plus That is tacked on at the last minute
With little consideration for the proposal)

Start your GBA Plus earlier, so that it informs the design and development of your proposed options.

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Informs the design and development of your proposed options)

GBA Plus is a way to create stronger, more inclusive government initiatives.

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Is a way to create
Stronger
Inclusive)

To learn more, visit the GBA Plus GCpedia page and join the GCconnex GBA Plus community.

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Join the GCconnex GBA Plus community
Department for Women and Gender Equality)

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as represented by the Minister for Women and Gender Equality, 2019)

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