CRECE recognizes that the analysis of policies and programs is key to strengthening institutional capacities to manage the objectives and promote social development. For this reason, it has supported public and private entities in the identification of their political alternatives and institutional arrangements to guide their decision-making, as well as in the evaluation of programs and projects aimed at improving the conditions of certain population groups. CRECE is distinguished by its long experience and knowledge at the local, regional and national levels, its multidisciplinary approach and the offer of a scientifically sound analysis of social phenomena. The products and services of this area of research include diagnoses and socioeconomic characterizations; baselines for programs and projects; monitoring and evaluation of social, economic, environmental and cultural interventions; institutional design and evaluation; evaluations of processes, results or impacts; systematization and dissemination of experiences; And support to institutions in the construction and development of theories of change. The most recurrent themes in the line of social and institutional development include social protection; quality of life and poverty; subjective well-being; gender and youth; Food and nutrition security; institutional development; social organization; and citizen participation.