Using knowledge to better design and evaluate policies: the General Directorate of Social Policy Ana
In 2015, P&I published the case study The design of the General Directorate of Social Policy Analysis and Evaluation of the Honduran Secretariat of Social Development, by Leandro Echt and Héctor Díaz Romero (only available in Spanish).
It focuses on a very interesting experience developed by the Honduran Secretariat of Social Development, which decided to consolidate its operation through the creation of an internal technical agency specialized in social policy design and the monitoring and assessment of progress made in the sector.
This new Directorate faced a double challenge. On the one hand, it was necessary to have a better policy formulation and implementation process, resorting to technical bases and technical expertise that allowed social policy-related institution plan based on said policies. On the other hand, it was imperative to have quality, reliable information available that allowed them to know the social sector status after years of lack of public action articulation, so as to justify the design of new policies, as well as monitor and assess results. The case goes through the information that was gathered to set up the new agency (from comparative evidence in the region, to the advice of experts and internal information spread out in other State agencies), the stakeholders who were involved in the process, the main challenges faced when trying to proomte the use of new information and the lessonslearned.
By documenting this experience, P&I aims to share ideas, lessons and challenges with those who are interested in learning from the very concrete and on the ground efforts of those who daily try to contribute to a more fruitful dialogue between knowledge and policy.