Impact assessment is a central component of the social protection policy planning process. It is key for identifying gaps and weaknesses in existing social protection provision, and is a valuable tool for evaluating the potential impact of proposed initiatives. This course aims to equip participants with the skills to dynamically assess the effectiveness and efficiency of social protection systems as they evolve over time. The course will be centred around the use of administrative and household survey data for the purpose of impact assessment of social protection systems, while also introducing participants to key considerations in the design of scheme-specific impact evaluations.
The course is targeted at practitioners who already have a number of years of work experience in social protection and are seeking to strengthen knowledge and skills in relation to social protection impact assessment. This includes government staff seeking to more effectively assess the impact of a system or specific scheme, staff from international organizations, research institutes or development consultancies regularly providing technical support to national governments, or non-government organizations advocating for improved social protection systems. Participants should hold bachelor or advanced degrees and a strong quantitative background in business, public administration, economics, political science, social science, finance, actuarial studies, mathematics, statistics or related fields. Typical participants would be professionals working in: a) key ministries or government institutions responsible for the development and monitoring of social protection systems such as: Ministries of Labour, Ministries of Social Protection/Social Affairs, Social Security Institutions, Ministries of Finance and Planning, Ministries of Health; b) representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions; c) UN agencies working on social protection; d) non-governmental organizations, research institutes or consultancy firms engaged in social protection.
Diploma for Social Protection Analysts
The Diploma for Social Protection Analysts is a new initiative in the field of social protection capacity strengthening. Its central objective is to support the improvement in analytical aspects of the design, financial planning and governance of national social protection systems, through the training of quantitative specialists.