Social Registries are information systems that support outreach, intake, registration, and determination of potential eligibility for one or more social programs (in which case it can be referred to as ‘Integrated Social Registry’). In practice, social registries centralise data integration up front, collecting/compiling data for a registry of potential beneficiaries that is then drawn upon for eligibility determination of specific programmes. They can also serve as powerful tools for assessing the “demand” for social programs by profiling specific needs and conditions of various population groups. In terms of their set-up, Social Registries vary significantly across countries (in terms of coverage, variables collected, institutional housing, approach to data sharing, etc), affecting their potential uses. It is also important to note that Social Registries are only one component of an ‘Integrated Social Protection Information System’.
Sources: Leite et al (2017). Social Registries for Social Assistance and Beyond: A Guidance Note & Assessment Tool; Barca (2017). Integrating data and information management for social protection: social registries and integrated beneficiary registries. Also, join our Online Community on the topic if you want to know more!