||UN Women accepts this recommendation as the production of knowledge, research and data analysis to support policy advocacy is a core function. As a demonstration of the importance that UN Women places in data, knowledge generation and knowledge management , it has created a whole outcome to this work in the new Strategic Plan (outcome 6). Gender statistics, sex-disaggregated data and knowledge will be produced, analyzed and used to inform policy- making, advocacy and accountability for delivering gender equality and women's empowerment results.
Teams are in place across the organization working on the collection, analysis, production and dissemination of research, data and knowledge. To further strengthen UN Women’s role as a knowledge hub, a forthcoming Data, Evidence and Knowledge (DEK) strategy will bring together work on knowledge management, research and data.
UN Women concurs that with resources limited across the UN system, it is important to agree in inter-agency coordination mechanisms which knowledge products UN Women will produce alone and/or with other agencies. Furthermore, UN Women partners with UN entities, as well as researchers, data and policy experts in academia and civil society organizations, on a range of issues related to gender equality, who contribute to policy analysis and feed into UN Women and UN system publications. This collaboration supports greater outreach, dissemination and uptake of the findings.
In recent years, the Women Count programme, supported by Research and Data/PPID has created new capacity in country and regional offices to support the production, analysis and use of gender statistics. UN Women is planning to spend more timeand resources to strategize on dissemination and use of its knowledge, and to ensure that UN Women expert recommendations are also utilized by partners. For example, through a new pilot project focusing on implementing key pillars of the IASC Gender Policy, at the global level, and across 9 crisis contexts, UN Women will aim to develop data, gender analysis and knowledge products to support Humanitarian Country Teams to better integrate gender priorities in humanitarian responses.
UN Women agrees with the recommendation that data, evidence and knowledge, as well as policy guidance, key messages and training need to be effectively disseminated across the organization and with partners. PPID develops a large number of policy guidance, key messages and training/capacity building tools. It also seeks to improve its planning and advocacy with the development of a division-wide Knowledge Product plan encompassing design, development and amplified advocacy, outreach and communications framed in the forthcoming corporate Data, Evidence and Knowledge (DEK) Strategy.
The use of internal UN Women broadcasts and upgrades of UN Women Sharepoint pages and website should provide clearer platforms to disseminate knowledge products to regional and country offices and partners. The high cost of translation, however, prevents a broader distribution of materials in multiple languages.
See also responses to recommendation 2 regarding Communication planning.