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22 October 2018 - 02 November 2018

Impact Assessment for Social Protection Analysts

22 October 2018 - 02 November 2018

Impact Assessment for Social Protection Analysts

Impact Assessment for Social Protection Analysts

Course Information

22 October 2018 - 02 November 2018

English

Turin Centre

Code: A9011134

English

Deadline: 18 October 2018

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Description

Description

Impact assessment is essential for understanding the performance of existing social protection schemes and wider systems, and identifying effective measures to extend social protection. This course will go beyond consideration of one-off studies of individual schemes, to equip participants with the skills to dynamically assess the effectiveness and efficiency of social protection systems as they evolve over time.

Target audience

Target audience

Participants are officials committed to advance social protection through strong commitment and sound analytical skills who normally already have a number of years of work experience in social protection. They should hold bachelor or advanced degrees and a strong quantitative background in economics, business, public administration, political science, public policy, finance, actuarial studies, mathematics, statistics or related fields. Typical participants would be professionals working in - Key ministries responsible for the development and monitoring of social protection systems such as: -- Ministries of Labour -- Ministries of Finance and Planning -- Ministries of Health -- Ministries of Social Protection/ Social Affairs - Representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions; - UN agencies working on social protection; - Non-governmental organizations engaged in social protection.

Objectives

Objectives

• Improving the skills of social security managers involved in the financial, fiscal, economic and budgetary management of national social protection systems and individual
schemes, notably through:
- Enhancing their capacity to assess the impact of existing or planned social protection systems on
poverty, inequality and insecurity;
- Enhancing their capacity to assess the impact of existing and planned social protection systems
and schemes on national budgets and economic performance,
- Enhance their capacity to assess the performance of existing or planned social protections systems and
schemes in respect of their population coverage, the adequacy of their benefits, their cost and the efficiency
of their management and administration; 
• Enabling Social Security managers to provide high quality quantitative advice to policy makers and senior social protection managers.

By other words, at the end of the course students should be able to provide answers to the following questions:

1. How can gaps in national social protection systems be identified and quantified?
2. What is an appropriate process to develop strategies to close these gaps?
3. What role do ex-ante and ex-post assessments of the outcomes of social protection policies and the assessment of the performance of individual social protection schemes play in the policy design process?
4. What impact will present or planned social protection systems have on the poverty, inequality and insecurity?
5. To what extent do social protection schemes deliver what they were designed for (i.e. performance assessment of individual schemes) in terms of population coverage, adequacy of benefit and cost efficiency?
6. What impact can or do national social protection systems or individual schemes have on economic performance (including the labour market) and government budgets?

Content

Content

The final training programme will be finalized in the summer of 2018. As an indication, please see below the headings and essential readings of the intended lectures:
  • Lecture 1: The process of social protection policy design and the role of ex-post and ex-ante policy impact assessments.
  • Lecture 2: Ex-post assessment of macro policy outcomes and performance I: national and international outcome standards, benchmarks and performance indicators as a means to define policy objectives.
  • Lecture 3: Ex-post assessments of macro policy outcomes II: measuring poverty and inequality, identifying and measuring social protection gaps, population coverage, the identification of protection gaps and adequacy of benefits levels in social protection.
  • Lecture 4: Ex-post assessment of scheme performance: performance assessments of existing systems.
  • Lecture 5: Introduction to the concept of social budgeting as an ex-ante macro financial planning and monitoring instrument.
  • Lecture 6: Assessing the potential macro financial, fiscal and financial impact of social protection policies through ex-ante social budgeting scenarios.
  • Lecture 7: Introduction of the concept of micro-simulation as an ex-ante (and ex-post) policy assessment instrument
  • Lecture 8: Data bases for micro-simulations
  • Lecture 9: Ex-ante micro-level impact assessment of social protection policies: Redistributive Impact Analysis of social protection policies and benefits through the microsimulation of benefits and taxation.
  • Lecture 10: Summary: Providing quantitative policy advice though macro and micro level analyses

Format and Methodology

Format and Methodology

Training process

The course consists of three phases for a total of 150 training hours.

Pre-course phase
During this preparatory phase, participants are expected to study the required readings. The Pre-training phase requires 25 hours of self-guided learning on an online platform. 
Participants will be asked to complete a set of online activities.

Presence-based phase
The on-site training is made by interactive sessions with experts supported by the ITCILO staff. This phase will be delivered at the ITCILO in Turin and will consist of 100 hours of training. An action-oriented, highly participative approach will be used with particular attention to sharing international experiences and adapting these to practical applications.

Training methods will combine lectures and discussions, case studies, group work and individual exercises. Home works will consist of the drafting of technical notes that report on quantitative exercises and the drafting of briefing notes that summarize the essence of concepts taught during the lectures.

Post-training phase
The Post-training phase will involve 25 hours of individual work to develop a proposal on applied project. A certificate is awarded to the participant based on the satisfactory completion of all assessments.

Language requirements

Language requirements

The course is offered in English

International Certification for Social Protection Analysts

International Certification for Social Protection Analysts

Background and Objective
The International Certification for Social Protection Analysts is a new initiative of the International Training
Centre of the ILO (ITCILO). Its central objective is to reinforce the capacity of Social Protection Analysts
through critical professional training in the planning, design, governance and management of national social
protection systems ILO member states.

The central objectives of the International Certification are to:

  • Increase the competences of Social Protection Analysts
  • Ensure – through a rigorous certification process - that these Social Protection Analysts have sound and up-to-date skills and the capacity to improve the policies and management of national social protection systems and to provide policy advice and the quantitative evidence base for policy decision making through financial, economic and fiscal and social impact analyses of social protection policies
  • Build a marinating network of Social Protection Analysts which serve as a permanent challenge for the exchange of national and personal experience and thus create a powerful conduit for life-long learning from real world experience.

Certification Process

International Certification

The International Certification is composed of four social protection courses. Participants need to complete
three courses out of the four qualified courses within a 5-year period in order to earn the “Social Protection Analysts” recognition. The International Certification represents 450 learning hours. 

During each of the three courses, participants have the opportunity to take advantage of a rich and flexible learning programme, which guarantees a steep learning curve in an international environment of knowledge exchange. It also and provides a unique opportunity for networking with a large pool of social security experts.

How to apply

How to apply

Applicants should use the online nomination form to apply for the course. http://intranetp.itcilo.org/STF/A9011134/en

Application must be supported by a nomination letter from the sponsoring institution indicating how the participant will be financed. Applications need to be received no later than 22 September 2018.

Please note that if a Schengen visa for Italy is needed, the time required is on average at least three weeks.

As an organization dedicated to fundamental human rights and social justice, the ILO is taking a leading role in international efforts to promote and realize gender equality. In line with this ILO policy, women candidates are especially welcome.

next edition

21/Oct/2019

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Tuition cost: 2320

Subsistence cost: 1360

Total cost: 3680

 

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