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Evaluation of Familias en Acción
The Intervention

Familias en Acción is one of three programmes run by the Colombian government as part of the RAS (Red de Apoyo Social or Social Support Network) and is financed by a loan from the World Bank and the IADB.

It is a Conditional Cash Transfer programme, very similar to the Mexican PROGRESA/Oportunidades, consisting of cash transfers to poor families conditional on children attending school and meeting basic preventive health care requirements. Targeting children's health and education is the essence of the long-term poverty alleviation objective of CCT programmes. Such transfer programmes are also aimed at the short-term reduction of poverty, through the provision of immediate funds to indigent households.

The Evaluation

The evaluation of Familias en Acción started in 2002 with the design of the survey and choice of the treatment and control samples. The baseline survey was conducted in 2002, and includes 11,500 households living in 122 rural towns, just under half of which were targeted by the programme. Two follow-up surveys have since been completed, in 2003 and 2006.

The baseline survey is described in detail in the baseline report (see below for a link to the English and Spanish versions). Impact evaluation results are reported in the evaluation report below (in Spanish) and in a number of briefing notes and summary reports (see below).

The datasets, questionnaires and documentation relating to this evaluation are available online.

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01 January 2010
Journal Articles
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The paper studies the effects of Familias en Acción, a conditional cash transfer program implemented in rural areas in Colombia since 2002, on school enrollment and child labor.
11 December 2006
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This paper studies the impact of a conditional cash transfer programme in Colombia on the total consumption of very poor households and on its components.
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IFS Working Papers
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The paper studies the effects of Familias en Acción, a conditional cash transfer programme implemented in rural areas in Colombia in 2002, on school enrolment and child labour.
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17 January 2006
IFS Working Papers
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This research is part of a large evaluation effort, undertaken by a consortium formed by IFS, Econometria and SEI, which has considered the effects of Familias en Acción on a variety of outcomes one year after its implementation.
13 December 2005
Report Summaries
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We provide estimates of how the programme has influenced nutrition and health-related indicators for children in the short term, roughly one year after its implementation.
01 June 2005
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IFS Working Papers
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31 March 2005
Report Summaries
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We estimate the impact on school enrolment of a large welfare programme in Colombia, Familias en Acción.
27 January 2005
Public Economics Lectures
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This lecture focuses on Familias en Accion, a conditional cash transfer programme in Colombia, evaluating its effects and results in relation to education, health and nutrition.
12 January 2005
IFS Briefing Notes
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In this Briefing Note, we will focus on the programme Familias en Acción, the conditional cash-transfer programme implemented by the Colombian government from 2001/02.
01 September 2004
Datasets
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Datasets from the baseline survey and two follow-up surveys are available.
07 April 2004
IFS Reports
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This report describes the survey that was carried out in 122 communities in rural Colombia bythe consortium formed by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Econometria and SEI as the baselinefor the impact evaluation of Familias en Acción, a programme to foster the accumulation ofhuman capital in rural Colombia, run by the Colombian government.
05 March 2004
IFS Reports
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This is the first wave evaluation report of Familias en Acción, a conditional cash transfer programme.
01 March 2004
IFS Reports
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This is the baseline evaluation report of Familias en Acción, a conditional cash transfer programme.
01 January 2004
IFS Briefing Notes
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This note outlines the preliminary findings of the evaluation of a welfare programme in Colombia, Familias en Accíon. The programme aims to foster nutritional and educational development for the children of poor families in rural and urban communities, and the evaluation will use data collected from treatment and control areas to discover what methods are effective and how they work. In this note, we describe what the data show about the population and what the preliminary findings indicate about the efficacy of the programme.

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