Social and productive inclusion

The most significant programmes and policies for inclusion in Colombia have been evaluated by Econometría, focused on the poorest people in the country. These policies of social inclusion seek to provide support to those in poverty through income support or conditional payments. This last form of income support is the most widely used strategy to support the poorest families and encourage the accumulation of human capital, characterized by money available on the condition of regular health and child development checks, and that children remain enrolled in full-time education. In Colombia the first such programme was Families in Action which began in 2001 and became in 2012 a permanent, national programme, protected by law and with an uptake of more than a million homes. Another conditional payment programme was Youth in Action, focused on encouraging young people to remain in higher education. Other programmes aimed at the vulnerable population are those of productive inclusion.

Our contribution

Econometría has participated in conditional payment transfer programmes since their implementation in 2001, and was responsible for the first evaluations of the impact of Families in Action and Youth in Action, in alliance with the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) in London. The results of these evaluations had an impact on policy-making decisions regarding such programmes, focused as they are on the most vulnerable groups in the country. This experience has enabled our organization to make important contributions to other social inclusion projects within the public sector, as well as projects carried out by actors from the private sphere which are similarly focused on the country’s most vulnerable. Noteworthy in this last category are programmes of productive inclusion.

Our impact evaluation of conditional payment programmes has extended to other contexts, such as Honduras and the Bahamas. In Honduras an evaluation was conducted on the impact of a controlled randomization model for a Better Life Voucher, and in the Bahamas a baseline was designed and developed for the RISE programme.

Econometría has similarly evaluated programmes and policies of productive inclusion which seek to generate income for vulnerable groups, such as Women Who Save (Mujeres Ahorradoras) among other examples.

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Zuleima Urrea
Data Collection Director
Agricultural Engineer, graduated from the Universidad Surcolombiana with a specialization in social management from Uniminuto and a Master's degree in project management from the EAN. With experience in the design, planning, monitoring, and execution of information collection operations at the national level and in the planning, advice and support of information collection in Central American and Caribbean countries. Her experience includes the management of work teams, the management of administrative and operational aspects for qualitative and quantitative data collections, in urban and rural areas, face-to-face and virtual. She has participated in projects related to the following topics: education, health, early childhood, socioeconomics, rural finance, among others.
Zuleima Urrea
Data Collection Director
Agricultural Engineer, graduated from the Universidad Surcolombiana with a specialization in social management from Uniminuto and a Master's degree in project management from the EAN. With experience in the design, planning, monitoring, and execution of information collection operations at the national level and in the planning, advice and support of information collection in Central American and Caribbean countries. Her experience includes the management of work teams, the management of administrative and operational aspects for qualitative and quantitative data collections, in urban and rural areas, face-to-face and virtual. She has participated in projects related to the following topics: education, health, early childhood, socioeconomics, rural finance, among others.
Zuleima Urrea
Directora Recolección de Información
Ingeniera agrícola, egresada de la Universidad Surcolombiana con Especialización en gerencia social de Uniminuto y Maestría en gerencia de proyectos de la EAN. Con experiencia en diseño, planeación, seguimiento y ejecución de operativos de recolección de información a nivel nacional y en la planeación, asesoría y acompañamiento de recolecciones de información en países de Centroamérica y el Caribe. Su experiencia incluye la gestión de equipos de trabajo, el manejo de aspectos administrativos y operativos para recolecciones cualitativas y cuantitativas, en zona urbana y rural, presencial y virtual. Ha participado en proyectos relacionados con las siguientes temáticas: educación, salud, primera infancia, socioeconómicos, finanzas rurales, entre otros.
Zuleima Urrea
Directora Recolección de Información
Ingeniera agrícola, egresada de la Universidad Surcolombiana con Especialización en gerencia social de Uniminuto y Maestría en gerencia de proyectos de la EAN. Con experiencia en diseño, planeación, seguimiento y ejecución de operativos de recolección de información a nivel nacional y en la planeación, asesoría y acompañamiento de recolecciones de información en países de Centroamérica y el Caribe. Su experiencia incluye la gestión de equipos de trabajo, el manejo de aspectos administrativos y operativos para recolecciones cualitativas y cuantitativas, en zona urbana y rural, presencial y virtual. Ha participado en proyectos relacionados con las siguientes temáticas: educación, salud, primera infancia, socioeconómicos, finanzas rurales, entre otros.
Sofía Vaca
Consultora Junior
Economista de la Universidad de los Andes, con una titulación en Estudios del Desarrollo. Tiene experiencia en análisis de datos cualitativos y cuantitativos, investigación y monitoreo de proyectos sociales y políticas públicas. Interés profesional y conocimientos en investigación, estadística, estudios de género, cambio climático, pobreza, salud pública, desigualdad y desarrollo. Hace parte del equipo de Econometría desde agosto del 2021.
Sofía Vaca
Consultora Junior
Economista de la Universidad de los Andes, con una titulación en Estudios del Desarrollo. Tiene experiencia en análisis de datos cualitativos y cuantitativos, investigación y monitoreo de proyectos sociales y políticas públicas. Interés profesional y conocimientos en investigación, estadística, estudios de género, cambio climático, pobreza, salud pública, desigualdad y desarrollo. Hace parte del equipo de Econometría desde agosto del 2021.
Sofía Vaca
Junior Consultant
Economist from the Universidad de los Andes, with a minor in Development Studies. She has experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, research and monitoring of social projects and public policies. And a professional interest and knowledge in research, statistics, gender studies, climate change, poverty, public health, inequality, and development. She has been part of Econometría since August 2021.
Sofía Vaca
Junior Consultant
Economist from the Universidad de los Andes, with a minor in Development Studies. She has experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, research and monitoring of social projects and public policies. And a professional interest and knowledge in research, statistics, gender studies, climate change, poverty, public health, inequality, and development. She has been part of Econometría since August 2021.
Miguel Ángel García
Junior Consultant
Economist from Universidad Santo Tomás, Professional in Government and Public Affairs and student of the master’s in public policy at Universidad de los Andes. With more than three years of experience in consulting, working on issues related to territorial planning, public utilities, auditing, formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies, applying quantitative and qualitative methods. His areas of interest are poverty, education, public finance, decentralization, economic development and the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies.
Miguel Ángel García
Junior Consultant
Economist from Universidad Santo Tomás, Professional in Government and Public Affairs and student of the master’s in public policy at Universidad de los Andes. With more than three years of experience in consulting, working on issues related to territorial planning, public utilities, auditing, formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies, applying quantitative and qualitative methods. His areas of interest are poverty, education, public finance, decentralization, economic development and the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies.