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Intervention Strategies

Successful programs 'Women in Science: Maximising productivity, diversity and innovation' , will be developed with several broad aims in mind
  • to reinforce the need for continuity where there has been success
  • to strongly focus on the role of (male and female) leaders in taking responsibility for creating and maintaining positive organisational cultures, in part to ensure that change is holistic rather than piecemeal and ‘to get the equality initiative placed in a high and secure position’ (Cockburn, 1991)
  • to identify and remove barriers to women’s career progression and success
  • to sustain change, address and monitor the participation of women in relevant policymaking and decision making processes, and
  • to improve the evidence base, share best practice and ensure that interventions are appropriately framed and evaluated

Critical dimensions to achieving the organisational change outlined above:

  1. ‘Top-level’ commitment Neale & Bell (2005) from senior managers and leaders, who take responsibility for linking the gender agenda to organisational goals and sustainability together with identification and support of high profile male and female organisational champions Engaging men in gender initiatives - What change agents need to know
  2. The mapping of career paths 'Maximising Potential in Physics' to identify catalysts and inhibitors
  3. The provision of support through mentoring 'Mentoring for Change'
  4. Critical policy and process analysis 'When Research Works for Women' to identify and address enablers and inhibitors including the impact of panel/decision-making committee composition and impact of performance timeframes.
  5. Support for sustained structured networks, equity committees or taskforces that include men.
  6. Address selection, performance, promotion, reward and recognition, and employment conditions including leave provisions and flexibility.

Women in the Science Research Workforce: Identifying and Sustaining the Diversity Advantage, was funded as an ARC Linkage project 2011-2014 (LP110200480).
Project Cis were Professor Sharon Bell and Professor Lyn Yates. The project was hosted by the University of Melbourne.