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Single registries and integrated MISs: De-mystifying data and information management concepts

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July, 2014

Source: Development Pathways

Development Pathways is pleased to share 'Single Registries and integrated MISs: De-mystifying data and information management concepts'. The paper is authored by Richard Chirchir, of Development Pathways, and Valentina Barca of OPM and was commissioned by DFAT.   
There is no generally accepted terminology to describe the data and information management in the context of social protection. Broadly speaking, social protection MISs are systems that enable the flow and management of information within social protection programmes. However, key terms such as MIS, database and registry are often used interchangeably. Yet, in some contexts, these terms, in reality, form the building blocks for complex and interlinked systems.

By exploring the critical drivers and trade offs for integration of data and information in context of social protection, the paper helps shed some light on the concepts and foundation for establishment of integrated management information systems. It uses the case studies of Chile, Indonesia and South Africa, and many other examples. These paint the story that the evolution of Social Protection programmes and the attendant functions/objectives have shaped the level of sophistication of integration within the programme, within Social Protection and beyond.

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