The DEW project aims to improve transparency and accountability of the participation of women’s’ entrepreneurs in enterprise by illustrating how women’s’ entrepreneurship is planned and coordinated across government and society, and by demonstrating the various innovative ways in which women’s’ entrepreneurship needs are being met or not met for gender equality.
Therefore this project result makes both a scientific research and pedagogical contribution by:

  • Improving the design and the planning of the policy under consideration, in order to prevent a negative impact on gender equality and to strengthen gender equality through better designed, transformative legislation and policies.
  • Measuring the degree of knowledge of entrepreneurship of women in order to confirm the already identified contents (training solutions) that will be developed. A primary objective is to adapt the policy to make sure that any discriminatory effects are either removed/mitigated. However this goes beyond merely avoiding potential negative impacts but instead, the assessment is used in a more transformative way as a tool for defining gender equality objectives and formulating the policy so as to proactively promote gender equality within the female entrepreneurship arena.

The research therefore builds on the ENTRECOMP framework by implementing a gender lens within the competencies to identify key area of supports required for female entrepreneurs.

The assessment consists of 2 Macro-phases:

  • Primary Research: identifying the target group and interviewing them through questionnaires/focus groups, incorporating the ENTRECOMP Framework with a gendered lens.
  • Secondary Research:
    • Identify good practices among initiatives supporting female entrepreneurship.
    • Evaluate and analyse Good Practices in Promoting and Supporting female entrepreneurship. The study will be a theory-based evaluation with standard evaluation criteria; it will also include a benchmark and an analysis of case studies.