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Standards, Guidelines and Quality Assurance for Gender Equality in Academia


From 2019 until 2023, CEWS conducted the BMBF-funded project Standards, Guidelines and Quality Assurance for Measures for Gender Equality in Academia (StaRQ). The key findings (in German) were published in March 2023 in the following publication: Bestandsaufnahme und Handlungsempfehlungen zur Qualitätssicherung von Gleichstellungsmaßnahmen in der Wissenschaft: Ergebnisse aus dem Projekt StaRQ (Analysis and Guidelines for Quality Assurance of Gender Equality Measures in Academia: Results from the StaRQ project). You can also download the recommendations for action as separate PDFs here:

We also compiled an excecutive summary in English (110 kB), which you can download as a PDF.

The StaRQ portal provides recommendations for action, search tools and information on the topic of quality assurance of gender equality measures. CEWS created this portal during the StaRQ project. On here, you can find further information on the project.

We'd like to thank the members of the expert board for their constructive and valuable support regarding the implementation of the project and for their active participation in the Equality Labs and the expert discussion:

Birgit Fritzen, Dr. Dagmar Höppel, Prof. Dr. Bernd Kleimann, Dr. Lisa Mense, Dr. Dirk Schulz, Dr. Nadyne Stritzke, Dr. Christine von Bloh, Prof. Dr. Elke Wolf, Dr. Andrea Wolffram

Here you will find the results of the project and a link to the toolbox INKA:



Search in the database with quality-assured models. Collection of new measures via the proposal form.


Project results

Summary of the relevant research literature and an overview of existing standards and guidelines. Research results of the project.


Information services

Compilation of networks and associations for specific gender equality measures, measures at the federal and federal state level as well as audits and certifications.

Funding number: 01FP1901