Workshop on Integrated Data and Information Management for Social Protection: Bridging the Gaps between Theory and Practice
The Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), in partnership with OPM and Development Pathways, hosted a workshop on integrated information management systems in Jakarta on 11-12 March, 2015. The workshop brought together government staff of developing countries and development partners to facilitate South-South learning, building on the thinking developed in the recent DFAT publication on integrated information management systems. The workshop – which was organised with a participatory format for peer-to-peer learning – emphasised how integration can take different forms depending on purpose and context and focus on key challenges faced in the process of integration and best practice overcoming these.
Specifically, Workshop sessions focused on the following:
- Concepts and definitions used in reference to data and information integration (clarifying confusion): Single Registries, Unified Databases, Integrated MISs, etc.
- Key benefits of integrating of data and information management for Social Protection
- Different policy objectives pursued when integrating and how these affect choices
- Breadth and depth of integration: providing a framework to assess country progress
- Practical steps designing and implementing integrated systems for information management (challenges, trade-offs and international best practice):
- Administrative and institutional aspects (governance, administrative structure and decentralisation)
- Operational/implementation aspects (collecting and updating data, transforming data into information, using integrated data for targeting, linking databases)
- Technological aspects (hardware and software, data privacy and backup security, data transfer)
- Costs and financing
A total of 20 countries participated in the event showcasing their experience, including government representatives and experts involved in data and information integration for Social Protection from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa and Turkey. Donor representatives from DFAT, the World Bank, ILO, and DFID also participated.
Key documents for this workshop are provided below.
Reference Reading List
Barca and Chirchir (2014) Single registries and integrated MISs, demystifying data and information management concepts
Barca and Chirchir (2014) Integrated data and information management for Social Protection
Azevedo, Bouillon, Irrazaval (2011) La efectividad de las redes de protección social: El rol de los sistemas integrados de información social en seis países de América Latina (only available in Spanish)
Chirchir (2011) Good practice in the development of management information systems for social protection
Silva Villalobos (2010) Management Information Systems for CCTs and SPS in Latin America
Posters from Country Case Studies
Brazil Poster – Brazil’s Cadastro Unico: an enduring bridge to consolidated targeting efforts
Chile Poster – Chile’s ‘integrated system for social information’ (SIIS): integration of policy, integration of data and information
Indonesia Poster – Indonesia’s Unified Database (UDB): rationalising a fragmented system
South Africa Poster – South Africa’s SOCPEN: a legacy system which still delivers
Turkey Poster – Turkey’s Integrated Social Assistance Services System (ISASS): recent effort, impressive virtual integration