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Tony Addison, David Hulme, and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557547.001.0001

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Subjective Assessments, Participatory Methods, and Poverty Dynamics

Subjective Assessments, Participatory Methods, and Poverty Dynamics

The Stages of Progress Method

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(p.183) 8 Subjective Assessments, Participatory Methods, and Poverty Dynamics
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Poverty Dynamics
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Anirudh Krishna

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557547.003.0008

This chapter discusses the stages of progress method for the assessment of poverty. It tracks households in five countries: four developing countries and the United States. The methodology has seven steps: (i) get together representative community group; (ii) discuss the objectives of the exercise; (iii) define poverty collectively in terms of stages of progress, then ask the question: if a poor household gets a bit more money what do they do with it?; (iv) define ‘x years ago’ in terms of a well-known signifying event; (v) list all village households, and then ask about each household's stage at the present time and x years ago; (vi) categorize all present-day households into chronically poor or not; and then (vii) take a random sample within each category to ascertain reasons for change or stability. To cross-check the reliability of the method, researchers share the results with key informants, before leaving the community, to see whether they agree with the findings.

Keywords:   poverty assessment, poverty measurement, households, developing countries, United States

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