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Standards, Guidelines and Quality Assurance for Gender Equality in Academia


From 2019 till 2023, CEWS conducted the BMBF-funded project Standards, Guidelines and Quality Assurance for Measures for Gender Equality in Academia (StaRQ). The key findings 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)

The publication is in German. It presents some key findings from the BMBF-funded project StaRQ (2019-2023). StaRQ investigated the quality assurance of gender equality measures in academia based on the fields of action gender sensitivity, mentoring and active recruitment. The project team developed practice-oriented recommendations for each of these three fields of action. For the analysis, both a theory and practice research were carried out. For the practical research, the focus was on the (partially) automated analysis of university websites on gender equality measures using methodological approaches from the field of data mining of web data (web crawl). In addition, gender equality officers at universities were interviewed for an online survey on structures and standards for the development and review of measures.

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

The portal offers the following services:

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.



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


FAQs regarding INKA

Answers to the key questions regarding content and technical issues in the context of INKA.         

Funding number: 01FP1901