Social protection systems (SP systems) have long been deemed vital in reducing individuals’ exposure to many social and economic risks. Noting the significance of such a system in addressing poverty reduction, the Inter-Agency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) initiative was launched. This initiative aims to provide assistance to countries in improving SP systems through the provision of a framework and tools to analyze and identify strengths and weaknesses in the overall SP system.
ASSIST was engaged to design training courses (Face to Face training courses) with other collaterals, to be used by varying target audiences, including ISPA agencies officials, and consultants. Research and consultancy services were provided as well to complement the training courses developed.
Phase 1 of ASSIST’s project for ISPA dealt with the content design for F2F training courses and other supporting material, pre-training and post-training activities (e.g. logistical aspects), two types of self-guided online training courses, and the First ISPA Fall One Week course. To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the learning courses, ASSIST provided research and development services through identifying appropriate LMS applications for the ISPA website, the development of a comprehensive learning strategy, and the development of a mechanism allowing for better communication from ISPA Coordination decks.