Research and Best Practices

The following reports, papers and sources represent a selection of recent research into the factors that affect recruitment, retention and advancement of SETT women. In addition, there are resources that cover effective practices to increase the numbers, career success and leadership of women in these fields. See also Publications.

High-Potential Employees in the Pipeline: Maximizing the Talent Pool in Canadian Organizations

This 2013 Catalyst report examines factors that influence career success of men and women in Canadian organizations and how to retain top talent.

Athena 2.0: Accelerating Female Talent in Science, Engineering and Technology

In this 2014 report Hewlett et al. revisit the SET landscape to determine what has changed for women for the better (since their 2008 report below), and to offer solutions for what has resisted change.

Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success

This oft-cited 2005 study reports on the extent of the problem of possible attrition--what percentage of highly qualified women leave work and for how long, what obstacles they face coming back, and what price they pay for their time-outs. Off-Ramps and On-Ramps provides a proven road map to help companies stop the female brain drain, and to help women achieve their full potential with rewarding and balanced lives.