Specialised modules

EPRI and its partners offer intensive courses on a range of specialised topics including microsimulation, monitoring and evaluation, social protection policy, and financial inclusion. The  upcoming specialised modules outlined below can be taken either as standalone courses or as part of EPRI’s two-week course in Cape Town, South Africa, Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programmes.

Upcoming specialised modules: Cape Town, South Africa

Social protection policy
A five-day training seminar for policymakers, government officials and practitioners
Cape Town, South Africa • 14 – 18 August 2017

This module exposes the participants to the policy-making process for social protection. Drawing on case studies and policy-making theory, participants will discuss the different components of policy documents, taking into consideration the political economy, policy-relevant evidence, and other contextual issues. The module equips participants with a framework for developing and analyzing social protection policies and lets them view such policies in an international perspective.

  »Apply now for Social Protection Policy – Cape Town

Monitoring and evaluating social protection programmes
A five-day training seminar for policymakers, government officials and practitioners
Cape Town, South Africa • 
14 – 18 August 2017

This course offers its participants and in-depth practical understanding of how monitoring and impact assessment can be used to evaluate programme success. Participants will consider alternative monitoring and evaluation designs including quantitative, qualitative and integrated approaches. They will study evidence-building pilots as tools for policy innovation, how evidence from monitoring and evaluation exercises can be communicated to key decision makers to build support for programmes, and the use of technology to improve M&E outcomes.

The M&E elective includes micro-simulation modelling, which is a valuable tool for planning and designing a range of social and economic policies. Successful participants gain an in-depth conceptual and practical understanding of how to use STATA and ADePT-based models to analyse existing social protection policies and estimate the impacts of proposed initiatives. This course equips participants with tools to build a national model that simulates interventions at the individual and household level. A strong quantitative background and prior experience with Microsoft Excel is required.

  »Apply now for M&E – Cape Town

Financial inclusion and economic opportunity: linkages to social protection
A five-day training seminar for policymakers, government officials and practitioners

Cape Town, South Africa • 14 – 18 August 2017

This module provides participants with an in-depth and practical understanding of how new and existing social transfer programmes can be designed and implemented so as to promote livelihoods, increase financial inclusion, and achieve developmental outcomes. The module will detail successful international case studies and this will be applied within an evidence building framework to identify workable approaches for different country contexts.

 » Apply now for Financial Inclusion – Cape Town

Upcoming specialised modules: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Social protection policy
A five-day training seminar for policymakers, government officials and practitioners
Chiang Mai, Thailand • 9 – 13 October 2017

This module exposes the participants to the policy-making process for social protection. Drawing on case studies and policy-making theory, participants will discuss the different components of policy documents, taking into consideration the political economy, policy-relevant evidence, and other contextual issues. The module equips participants with a framework for developing and analyzing social protection policies and lets them view such policies in an international perspective.

  »Apply now for Social Protection Policy – Chiang Mai

Monitoring and evaluating social protection programmes
A five-day training seminar for policymakers, government officials and practitioners
Chiang Mai, Thailand • 
9 – 13 October 2017

This course offers its participants and in-depth practical understanding of how monitoring and impact assessment can be used to evaluate programme success. Participants will consider alternative monitoring and evaluation designs including quantitative, qualitative and integrated approaches. They will study evidence-building pilots as tools for policy innovation, how evidence from monitoring and evaluation exercises can be communicated to key decision makers      to build support for programmes, and the use of technology to improve M&E outcomes.

The M&E elective includes micro-simulation modelling, which is a valuable tool for planning and designing a range of social and economic policies. Successful participants gain an in-depth conceptual and practical understanding of how to use STATA and ADePT-based models to analyse existing social protection policies and estimate the impacts of proposed initiatives. This course equips participants with tools to build a national model that simulates interventions at the individual and household level. A strong quantitative background and prior experience with Microsoft Excel is required.

  »Apply now for M&E – Chiang Mai

Financial inclusion and economic opportunity: linkages to social protection
A five-day training seminar for policymakers, government officials and practitioners

Chiang Mai, Thailand • 9 – 13 October 2017

This module provides participants with an in-depth and practical understanding of how new and existing social transfer programmes can be designed and implemented so as to promote livelihoods, increase financial inclusion, and achieve developmental outcomes. The module will detail successful international case studies and this will be applied within an evidence building framework to identify workable approaches for different country contexts.

 » Apply now for Financial Inclusion – Chiang Mai

Ageing and Social Pensions
A five-day training seminar for policymakers, government officials and practitioners
Chiang Mai, Thailand • 9 – 13 October 2017

With the number of people aged 60 and over expected to triple by 2050 to almost 2 billion, this course asks how social protection systems will adapt to a world that is ageing. The course will include an introduction to the demographic context, key factors affecting old age vulnerability and conceptual models around the roles of different elements of the pension system. The module equips participants with information on the design and implementation of social (non-contributory) pensions, in-cluding that of long-term costs, and coordination with contributory pen-sions. This course is offered by HelpAge International.

 » Apply now for Ageing and Social Pensions – Chiang Mai

Specialised modules we have offered in the past

In the past, EPRI, along with partners, have offered courses on topics including financial inclusion and policy brief writing. Descriptions of these courses can be found below.

Social protection payments and financial inclusion
Offered by Bankable Frontier Associates in Mombasa, Kenya
30 November
1 December 2010
Designing and implementing the right payment strategy for social transfers has a material effect on their outcome and impact. Payment arrangements can be expensive, and they affect recipient experiences in significant ways. Further, payment arrangements can be designed to go further than simply delivering cash: they can also be used to bring recipients into the world of formal financial services, enabling people to save in a safe place. Such financially inclusive payment arrangements can enhance the developmental impact of social transfers.At this two-day training seminar, offered by Bankable Frontier Associates and CGAP, participants came to understand the range of payment options now available, learned about leading practices, gained insights on how to get more effectiveness and efficiency out of payment mechanisms, and learned how to design efficient and financially inclusive payment arrangements for social transfer programmes through presentations, question-and-answer sessions, role plays and practical case studies.

Writing policy-related briefings
Offered by EPRI in Cape Town, South Africa
13
17 October 2008
Many writers in the policy environment face the same recurring challenge: how to write clear, concise policy briefs appropriate to the target audience. The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), offered this one-week course to help participants develop their own ideas and materials into clear, concise policy briefs. Emphasis was placed on the understanding of policy processes, writing style, and how materials should be shaped in order to catch the attention of the target audience.

»