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IMDS launches portal aggregating public policies and social programs around the world

Published in 29/08/2022

The Institute for Mobility and Social Development (IMDS) presents the “Social Mobility Impact Monitor”, a new portal that will organize and make it easier, more agile and practical to access information on public policy and social programs tested and evaluated around the world. The new portal will be part of the institute’s website, the imdsbrasil.org.

The goal is to provide information that helps structure the entire cycle of an evidence-based public policy. The target audience is all those involved in the formulation and implementation of social policies and programs. “It’s an organized and accessible library of policies and programs developed and tested in dozens of countries,” says Paulo Tafner, IMDS’ CEO.

Since its creation in 2020, the institute has presented the most recent scenario available for social mobility in the country, characterizing the situation for different sociodemographic groups. In addition, it has made available diagnoses of problem situations that are barriers to the development and social mobility of Brazil. IMDS has already discussed the limitations that children and adolescents face, especially those whose home contexts are of greater vulnerability and poverty, and which can be observed by the lack of access to resources at home – from worse infrastructure conditions to access to goods and services, including technological. It has already focused on the chances of leaving income transfer programs and home and territorial contexts and their correlation with the departure. The institute has also developed a whole discussion about school dropout and abandonment, in addition to publicly making available the panel “IMDS – Elections 2022: State Indicators”, a material that aims to assist the electoral debate around economic and social development.

But IMDS understands that diagnosing and pointing out problems is not enough. This attitude inspired the creation of the Monitor, a digital catalog of programs that have already been able to assist in solving challenges in different contexts. The new portal organizes knowledge intuitively by thematic area, problems that the program solves, classes and components of the program, target audience and location in which the initiatives were implemented.

Is the Department of Planning considering programs to increase the years of study of the population? Are there programs that assist in this, from community health centers, early childhood education programs, school meals, to mentoring programs and school reinforcement? Is a working group between the Department of Education and the Department of Labor thinking about technical and vocational education programs? It is possible to find programs from Turkey, Colombia, and the United States that can help you think in terms of such a design?

These are just a few examples of more than 100 policies available in the areas of social assistance, combating violence, education, gender and minorities, productive inclusion, the labor market and income, early childhood, health, housing and territory, and youth. And the idea is that this Monitor is a living environment and will always be fed with new evidence of programs already designed, as well as new programs on these and other themes.