Social Protection

Social Protection

We specialise in leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver monitoring and evaluation services and technical assistance on social protection to UN agencies, governments, donors, and civil society organisations.  Our expertise is in system-wide social protection strategy performance assessment and component /programme evaluation with particular emphasis on vulnerability analysis and social inclusion. 

Our team draws on both international and UK public sector experience. We combine social protection with our expertise in monitoring and evaluation, health, HIV, gender equality, child protection, and food security.  We have in-depth understanding of the challenges presented by poverty, unemployment, lack of access to primary education, high levels of infant and maternal mortality, and gender inequality.  We pay particular attention to the challenges of implementing social protection systems and components to address the underlying causes of poverty and inaccessibility to services, from policy, to programme design, targeting, delivery, monitoring and reform.  In relation to mapping and monitoring social protection, we are acutely aware of the challenges of data availability and accessibility in fragmented systems.  Members of our team have analysed and authored national social protection strategy baseline reports in Southeast Asia.  We are also experienced in working with multi-stakeholder and multi-donor advisory and technical working groups on social protection.  Through working at national level, we have a comprehensive understanding of the wide range of social protection components, particularly those that contribute wholly and indirectly to increasing access to health and other services.

IOD PARC social protection project examples:

  • Social Protection Hub Monitoring and Evaluation Support, DFAT (Australian Aid Program): IOD PARC Australasia worked with the Social Protection Hub to develop a programme logic, monitoring plan and support ongoing coordination of monitoring activities and reports for the Hub.  The hub is a new approach for AusAID to improve knowledge sharing and disseminate information within the organisation and partners, including government partners in developing countries, donors and multilateral organisations on Social Protection methods and approaches. 2013-2014
  • Child-sensitive Social Protection Assessment Tool, UNICEF South Asia: IOD PARC joined an international team of social protection specialists to develop an in-depth tool to assess the child sensitivity of social transfers in South Asia. 2014
  • Meta-Evaluation of ILO Evaluation Portfolio, International Labor Organization: IOD PARC was commissioned by the ILO's Office of Evaluation (EVAL) to conduct an external Quality Appraisal of the reports of the independent project evaluations conducted by the ILO from 2012-2013, as stand-alone documents, in order to determine the quality of its reports through an external assessment and rating. 2014
  • Final Evaluation of UNISON/SOLIDAR 'Realising Decent Work and Social Protection for All': IOD PARC led the evaluation of the DFID funded advocacy and human rights project in 18 countries for advancing social protection and decent work for all through Global Network, working with NGOs and Trade Unions.  Analysis focused on impact at the grassroots and policy level,  developing recommendations and sharing lessons across the network. 2014
  • Impact Measurement of Strategic Litigation, INTERIGHTS: Development of impact measurement and theory of change for INTERIGHTS' strategic litigation programme; Quality assurance and refinement of current system. The work focused on legal instruments for social protection and economic rights including legal recourse for supporting social protection. 2012
  • Mid-Term Review of the UNISON-Solidar 'Realising Decent Work and Social Protection for All': IOD PARC provided donors, partners and members with a comprehensive assessment of the progress, contributions, achievements and impact of the Solidar project at the global and national levels within 19 countries focusing on vulnerable groups with a particular focus on women, migrant workers and people living with HIV/AIDS.  We provided recommendations and lessons for the duration of the project lifetime and institutional arrangements and impact with the overall aim of improving performance. 2012
  • Evaluation of the World Food Programme Livelihoods Programme, Karamoja Region, DFID Uganda: IOD PARC led the formative evaluation of the World Food Programme's (WFP) Livelihood Programme in Karamoja, north-east Uganda, under the second Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF II).  The findings of the study informed future programming for recovery and development in Karamoja, and contributed to evidence on conditional transfers to inform the wider social protection agenda emerging in Uganda. 2012
  • Pakistan's Flood Response Cash Transfer Program - Advisory Services, DFID Pakistan: IOD PARC provided statistical advisory services to Pakistan's Flood Response Cash Transfer Program.  The team assisted the preparation of a World Bank operation, in collaboration with other donors (UK, US, etc.), to expand and supplement the ongoing Government of Pakistan flood cash transfer program, called the Citizen's Damage Compensation. 2011


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We aim to take a holistic approach to our social protection work, utilising an integrated approach to recognise the links with other sectors and themes.  In this way, our work in social protection is complemented by and supports our work in other areas such as climate change adaptation, sustainable energy, gender, WASH, forestry and natural resources management, agriculture, nutrition, private sector approaches, markets and value chains.

Key staff delivering our social protection work include: