PROSPERA Social Inclusion Program Mexico: The role of evaluation


Recording of the fourth webinar linking social protection and employment programmes, organised by the Social Protection for Employment Community (SPEC), on SPEC Webinar Series

It describes in detail the design features of Mexico’s flagship social protection programme, PROSPERA Social Inclusion Program. The webinar will focus on its external evaluation mechanism, which is carried out by an autonomous agency in charge of the nation’s social policy evaluation. The programme is under the direction of the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL) and implemented by the PROSPERA National Coordination. 

PROSPERA has three main, human capital development components: food, health, and education. In addition to this, beneficiaries of the program also receive preferential access to an array of institutional offer of social programs for productive development, income generation and labour inclusion through its linkage component. Specifically, the linkage component can be divided into the following sub-components: financial inclusion, labour inclusion, especially to foster the youth in the formal labour market, productive inclusion, and social inclusion.

One of the good practices of PROSPERA is the external evaluation mechanism. The evaluation processes undertaken by PROSPERA are driven, on the one hand, by the guidelines promoted by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL). On the other hand, the PROSPERA National Coordination through the General Directorate of Geostatistics, Analysis and Evaluation (DGIGAE), designs and implements evaluation processes directed to generate robust and objective evidence about the effectiveness of the different interventions of the Program. Consequently, evaluation represents a core element within the logic of PROSPERA; its development, as well as the use and dissemination of findings, are processes that have been internalized by the organization. The webinar will describe this mechanism in details and give space for Q&A session to further explore this particular feature of the social policy.


Dr Perla Carolina Gris Legorreta, Deputy General Director of Evaluation in the National Coordination of PROSPERA Social Inclusion Program .

Legorreta holds a PhD. in Politics from the University of Sheffield (UK) and Master in Administration and Public Policy from the Center for Economic Research and Teaching. Her professional development has focused on the field of public policies. She has collaborated in the public sector at municipal and federal levels. She is currently the Deputy General Director of Evaluation in the National Coordination of PROSPERA Social Inclusion Program and lecturer in the Masters Course program in Public Policies at the Universidad Iberoamericana.


Dr Graciela Teruel Belismelisacademic member of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL)

She holds a PhD. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of expertise are: social welfare, poverty and evaluation of social programs. She is an academic member of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL). She has actively participated in the evaluation of the impact of social programs such as, among others, PROSPERA.


Dr Anna McCordResearch associate, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London .

Anna McCord is a sociologist with a PhD in economics, and 30 years experience in international development. She is a research economist specialising in the political economy of donor interventions as well as social policy design and impact, with a particular interest in public works, labour markets and employment. Anna has experience throughout sub-Saharan Africa, as well as central, southern and southeastern Asia, having worked closely with major donors, governments and NGOs as a technical advisor, as well as publishing widely and engaging in teaching.


This webinar was the fourth of the Linking Social Protection to Sustainable Employment webinar series, which was organized by DFAT, Department of Social Development of Mexico and GIZ. Please join the Online community Social Protection for Employment if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic.