Structuring the Brazilian social protection system has involved a virtuous combination: strengthening social policies of a universal nature, such as ensuring rights to education, health, employment and social assistance; and the creation and expansion of redistributive social development policies, such as the Bolsa Família Program.
Expanding the scope and scale of social policies in Brazil has made the management of public programs and services more complex and professional, requiring more information and knowledge to be applied to decision-making and operational processes.
Measuring the size of target audiences, getting to know their characteristics, designing programs and services to alleviate specific social problems, monitoring implementation, and evaluating results are some of the activities that require comprehensive statistics, reliable management records and more specialized evaluative studies.
While Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems both help to bring about improvements in social programs, they are in fact two different concepts. Monitoring involves the program manager in tracking the actual development of the activities. He seeks to obtain and analyse information on the activities with a view to improving them. Meanwhile, evaluation concerns the manager determining the impacts of a program.
Download our introductory items on the M&E: The experience of the Sagi, Monitoring and its importance for managing social policies and How is done in Brazil.
Check it out our publications on Information Management: Challenges, The Unified Registry Information Consultation, Selection and Extraction Tool (Cecad), The construction of the Poverty and Opportunities/Public Services Maps and The Unified Social Assistance System Census (SUAS Census).
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