Enhancing the Distribution of Social Services in Mexico

Fellows: Maria Fernanda Alcala-Durand, Diego Garcia-Olano, Mobin Javed, Kris Sankaran
Mentor: Adolfo De Unanue, Eric Potash
Project Manager: Paul van der Boor
Project Partner: SEDESOL Mexico

In Mexico, the Ministry of Social Development (Secretaría de Desarrollo Social – SEDESOL) provides a variety of social services to citizens in need. They’re currently combining household, beneficiary, and geographic data to build a new system that helps them provide services to the people that need them the most. This summer, DSSG will join SEDESOL in developing this system to help the agency improve the living conditions of poor populations in Mexico.

DSSG will help SEDESOL focus on three goals, all based around more accurate targeting of social service programs to eligible individuals and families. We will use data to identify individuals who qualify for, but have not used, particular programs; combine datasets to better predict household needs and potentially inform the design of new social service programs; and detect people who have under-reported income to receive assistance.