The Gender Impact Assessment (GIA) of the Models for the Implementation of the Equal Pay Review and Reporting (EPRR) Methodology in Georgia was conducted by the ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI) as part of its collaboration with UN Women within the scope of the project “Regulatory Impact Assessment and Gender Impact Assessment for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Georgia”. This study tested the feasibility, practicality, and utilization of a tailormade EPRR tool, specifically designed with Georgia’s economic, political, and policy context in mind. It applied the GIA methodology to the assessment process of the EPRR tool as a way to further contribute to evidence-based policymaking and to strengthen gender equality.
The study had multiple objectives, as it addressed complex issues and different phases of the equal pay review process. In particular, it:
- Explored alternative equal pay review processes in other countries and their suitability to the Georgian context
- Explored alternative tools that could be used in the equal pay review process
- Identified the most suitable tool, given the Georgian context, and adjusted it to the Georgian labour market
- Tested the selected tool with real companies of different sizes to understand different impacts of the selected tool, as well as what was the companies’ attitude towards this tool
- Used the information collected during the testing stage to inform policymakers as they look for an optimal way to introduce the equal pay review process in Georgia
- Showcased the possible contribution of the GIA methodology to the policy design and evaluation process in national institutions
After reviewing several possible tools for an EPRR system, the team, in coordination with government representatives and the UN Women Country Office in Georgia, decided that the best option in the Georgian case was to adapt the Diagnosis for Equal Remuneration (DER) tool of UN Women, incorporating variables from the Swiss tool (Logib) and modifying some variables to reflect better the Georgian context. A Microsoft Excel file and a detailed manual on the EPRR tool were prepared. After having tested the modified EPRR tool with two Georgian companies (a small company and a large company) and finding it effective and simple to use, we believe that the modified tool presented in this GIA is a valid tool that could become the basis for the implementation of an EPRR system in Georgia.