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The System for Evaluating and Monitoring Social Development Programs and Policies: the case of the Ministry of Social Development and the Fight against Hunger in Brazil
This paper presents the evaluation and monitoring system of the Ministry of Social Development and the Fight against Hunger (MDS) in Brazil, whose establishment has been ongoing by Secretariat of Evaluation and Information Management (SAGI) since the Ministry was created in the beginning of 2004. This system is a government action to update the management of public policies, and it has established itself as an effort for the improvement of government actions.

In addition to its vast territory, Brazil has a highly decentralized administrative system, which further increases the challenge of implementing public policies in any given sector. The creation of a decentralized, participatory Brazilian social protection system in all 5,564 municipalities through a set of policies, programs, and actions can no longer make do without decision-making based on information and evidence. For this reason, since the establishment of the MDS, we have valued the need to create and implement an evaluation and monitoring policy which makes it possible to provide feedback to policies through the use of data and information. We believe strengthening a culture of transparency and accountability in public management and using the results of monitoring and evaluation to improve the performance of policies are the only way to increase efficiency and efficacy in the use of public resources. The principle of dealing with public resources requires zeal, but zeal is even more important when one deals with money whose recipients will be those in greater need. We must employ all efforts to make sure the investment effectively reaches those in need, thus making a difference in the lives of individuals and their community.

There are several challenges to be faced in the creation and operation of this system. This text briefly describes some of these challenges, including the institutional context and the procedures adopted, which have been decisive steps towards the establishment and integration, in the area of public administration, of technical knowledge and the management of public policies. Sharing experiences, initiatives and questions on this work, in our opinion, may be an important step towards perfecting and strengthening our social protection network, in synch with the extremely precious principles of transparency, public discussion, and political and administrative responsibility.

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Document Type MOST Policy Paper
Format application/pdf
Website (URL) http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001485/148514e.pdf
Author(s) Vaitsman, Jeni; Rodrigues, Roberto W. S.; Paes-Sousa, Rômulo
Publisher UNESCO / MOST Programme
Publication Location Paris, France
Publication Year 2006
Volume/Issue Number 17
Number of Pages 77 p.
Series Title MOST policy papers, new series MOST-2

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