Social Protection Programme Rapid Assessment: Framework Quantitative analysis for evidence-based social assistance policymaking

Social assistance programmes targeting poverty provide cash transfers and other benefits to selected households and usually manage vast databases containing information on programme beneficiaries and beneficiary candidates. These programmes can vary, but some questions are common to all of them. The newly developed Social Protection Programme – Rapid Assessment Framework (SPP-RAF) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) addresses these questions, by applying publicly available statistical tools to the administrative records used by the social protection programmes. SPP-RAF consists of four analytical steps: (1) beneficiary profiling, (2) targeting characteristics evaluation, (3) coverage and enrolment evaluation and (4) beneficiary evaluation.