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Author: Michael Samson
, Sasha van Katwyk, Maarten Fröling, Rumbidzai Ndoro, with Cara Meintjes, Lien Buts and Bryant Renaud
This paper reviews current impact assessment methods to identify elements of a comprehensive framework that enables a systems approach to the analysis of social policy. Discussing how mainstream evaluation methods have assessed the outcomes of social security systems, the paper argues that inclusion of the processes, institutions and actors of social policy interventions that importantly affect programme objectives—along with the actually realized outcomes—should be integrated into a comprehensive approach to better inform social policies.