Impact assessment for social protection analysts

Impact assessment for social protection analysts
Social Protection

Impact assessment for social protection analysts

26 Outubro–6 Novembro 2020
The course is available in English

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.

Key features

The green campus with modern training facilities makes a unique space for learning


Innovative training methodologies and integrated use of digital learning technology


Experts in impact assessment from ILO, Development Pathways and UNICEF Innocenti.

Who attends this course?

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:

  • 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;
  • representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of social security institutions;
  • 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.

What topics does this course cover?
  • Identifying theories of change and impact pathways of social protection systems
  • Administrative and household survey data for analysis of social protection coverage and adequacy
  • Poverty and inequality measurement using microdata
  • Microsimulation and cost-effectiveness analysis: including tax-benefit microsimulation and assessment of local economy multipliers
  • Impact evaluation using national household survey data and scheme-specific surveys
What will I be able to do?
  • Identify the core outcomes, indicators and theories of change for assessment of social protection schemes and systems
  • Design and manage impact assessment processes, including assessing appropriate analytical approaches and data sources
  • Interpret results from data analysis and distil findings into accessible and compelling formats for policy maker
Why should I join?
  • Put learning into practice through an Integrated Applied Exercise focused on your own national context
  • Participants join and interact with a diverse network of professionals engaging in issues of impact assessment of social protection
  • The course uses a mix of training methods: lectures, plenary discussions, good practices, case studies, group work, and individual exercises.
  • Take a step towards achieving the ITCILO Diploma for Social Protection, a new accreditation for the next generation of social protection practitioners

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