Social Impacts and Feedback Loops

  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•11•29    12:30 - 13:30

    Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar:

    “Social Impacts and Feedback Loops: A New Framework for Evaluating Social Protection

    This seminar will present a new research framework for evaluating social protection programmes that moves beyond the conventional focus on quantifiable outcomes. The framework considers programmes’ social impact and explicitly incorporates perceptions, opinions and experiences of participants and non-participants.

    Two key feedback loops will be highlighted. First is the direct consequence of programme processes and their implications for intended impacts on social dynamics. The second feedback loop is a learning mechanism — to incorporate the perspectives of participants and affected non-participants into improved design and implementation of the cash transfer programme. An ongoing evaluation of a pilot social cash transfer programme in Tigray, northern Ethiopia provides a practical illustration.

    About the speakers

    Stephen Devereux, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton (UK) is a development economist who works on food security and social protection, mainly in Africa. He has led mixed-methods evaluations of social protection programmes in several African countries. .

    Keetie Roelen is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies and a member of the Centre for Social Protection in Brighton. She is a development economist by training; her current research interests include the dynamics of (child) poverty, social protection and the linkages between child protection and social protection. She has worked with many international organizations in South-East Asia, Africa and Central/Eastern Europe.

    For more information, please see the calendar of upcoming events page on the UNU-MERIT website.