Tools for promoting and measuring inclusiveness

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The Banking on Change Proposed Youth Savings Model developed by CARE, PLAN, and Barclays, outlines good programming principles for Youth Savings Groups and provides insight into their role in improving young people’s income, empowerment, and standard of living.  The principles  may be applied in combination with the Program Quality Guidelines as a complement in Youth-based programming.

Progress out of Poverty Index tool

The Progress Out of Poverty Index is a simple and statistically valid tool for measuring household wealth and comparing it to national data. The answers to 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership are scored to compute the likelihood of the household  living below the poverty line – or above by only a narrow margin. It requires an investment in training and it produces large sets of data that must be entered and analyzed. It also requires a large sample to attain statistical significance; sample size calculation procedures are outlined on the website. Many projects have used the tool at the time of group formation. Since SGs often target poor areas, a control sample of non-members should be interviewed at about the same time so that PPI data will measure inclusion of the relatively poor within the community.

Household Resiliency Index: Guide for measuring household economic resiliency

Global Communities in Rwanda has developed the Household Resiliency Index for assessing the poverty of people in Savings Groups or other groups, and gives simple indicators and proxy indicators. It also gives suggestions as to the sort of intervention that is appropriate for different levels of poverty. While some of it is a Rwanda-centric, it is very carefully thought out and worthy of consideration in other contexts.

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Quality of Delivery Study

The Quality of Delivery Study by FSD Kenya was a massive door-to-door survey that found, among other things, strong correlations between trainer incentives and group outcomes. The findings are instructive, and the instruments used can be useful for agencies planning similar research. 




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