There will be two parallel streams: Social (S) and Poverty (P)
Thursday, July 23
9:00 - 9:45 am
Introduction to the training. Objectives, logistics.
9:45 - 10:45 am
Social impacts in PSIA (joint session)
Maria Beatriz Orlando
This session will familiarize participants with the social aspects in PSIA. It will start by illustrating why the analysis of social impacts is key to successful policy design and implementation. The session will then introduce the key elements of good social analysis and how they can be studied. The session will close with examples of good practice social analysis in PSIAs and describe how this analysis contributed to successful policy making.
10:45 - 11:15 am
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Parallel session 1
(S) Mixed methods
This session will provide an introduction to mixed methods research in order to familiarize participants with the benefits of combining qualitative and quantitative methods in poverty and social impact analysis. The session will start with an overview of qualitative and quantitative methods, and then, use examples to illustrate the benefits of merging, connecting and embedding different types of data and methods at various phases of research. The session will also provide examples of mixed methods designs and discuss how they can help study questions that purely qualitative or purely quantitative approaches may not sufficiently address.
(P) Understanding the distributional impacts of fiscal and social policies
Gabriela Inchauste and Emily Sinnott
This session will first present fiscal incidence analysis, aimed at assessing the distributional impact of tax and spending using the Commitment to Equity methodology. The focus is to determine if a policy is progressive/regressive, and to measure the impact on poverty and inequality. Second, using a different approach the session will examine equity issues and spending choices in education, health and social protection and give some recommendations on planning social spending across the economic cycle.
12:45 - 2:00 pm
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Parallel session 2
(S) Qualitative analysis
This session will provide an introduction to qualitative research methods to enable participants to use them or commission their application in their PSIAs. Using examples, the session will give an overview of the qualitative tools that are available for PSIA-type analysis and illustrate for which purposes different tools can be used and how they can be implemented. Finally, the session will present in more detail the steps that are involved in conducting Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and stakeholder analysis - two of the most commonly used qualitative tools in PSIA.
(P) Simulation tools to assess the impact of policy changes
The session will introduce the audience to the basic concepts of policy simulations. It will then review some of the main instruments in use at the World Bank and elsewhere for policy simulations such as CGE and micro simulation models highlighting differences and complementarities. It will conclude with a few examples in the context of price simulations.
3:30 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Parallel session 3
(S) Subjective well-being: concepts and measurement
Juan Carlos Parra
This session will provide an introduction to the concept and measurement of subjective well-being, focusing on its usefulness for policy making. On measurement of subjective well-being, validity, principles and techniques will be discussed. Examples of measurement of different dimensions of subjective well-being will be provided together with sources of questions and data. PSIAs that illustrate the use of subjective well-being to influence policy decisions will be presented. The session will close with responses to the most common questions/critiques on the use of subjective well-being.
(P) PSIA with SWIFT and Market Accessibility Index
This session will present two innovative tools for PSIA analysis along with developing country examples. First, SWIFT is a new household survey instrument that can monitor poverty, growth, and inequality in a quick, cheap, and user-friendly manner. If no recent data is available, SWIFT can be used to collect data quickly, with which PSIA can be conducted. Second, the session will present a model that can simulate the impact of transport investment on poverty. This tool combines poverty maps with a market accessibility index, developed from highly disaggregated GIS road network data, to show how improving market accessibility through transport investment affects poverty.
Friday, July 24
9:00 – 9:30 am
Introduction to Scalar Thinking and case study
9:30 – 11:00 am
Juan Carlos Parra and Sarosh Sattar
The case study will be developed in groups and will allow participants to apply the concepts and tools that were discussed during the first day of training.
a) theory of change behind the reform and identification of potentially affected groups and impacts at different scales (country, region, community, household, individual)
b) preparation of ToR to study the impacts on a particular group specifying
- research questions
- data requirements and collection methods
- tools/type of analysis
11:00 – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Presentation of groups’ findings
12:30 – 2:00 pm
2:00 – 3:00 pm