Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the Poverty Stoplight is the right fit for my work?

The Poverty Stoplight can work for endless types of organizations and has been adapted and used in a broad range of contexts, including :

  1. For companies wishing to work with their employees;

  2. Multilateral organizations such as UNICEF China;

  3. Small, local NGOs that address maternal health, food security, agriculture, and mental health in countries as diverse as the U.S. and South Africa;

  4. Large international organizations or companies with programs across the board.

If you are seeking a way to improve the well being of your employees, clients or beneficiaries, and/or if you are after an intuitive, participatory assessment tool, the Poverty Stoplight can be right for you.

Can I promote the implementation of the PS with other organizations in my area?

Contact us and we can discuss opportunities for you to become a distributor, a.k.a. Hub, for the Poverty Stoplight methodology in your area; we are always open to strengthening the network. That being said, in the past, partners that have been in the best position to promote the methodology have successfully adopted it themselves first.

Below are some criteria to become a Hub:

-Organizations with a broad network and experience in the field;

-Have a department or staff member that can dedicate at least 80% of their time to leading the implementation and distribution of the Poverty Stoplight;

-Operative capacity to survey at least 500 people per year; and

-Able to pay an annual fee and participate in monthly meetings.

Would my organization be responsible for solving all 50 indicators?

No organization can address all 50 indicators; that's why the Poverty Stoplight encourages an integral community approach that allows organizations to identify existing solution providers in their area. Provide direct intervention in whatever way your organization is an expert. For most organizations, this only covers 1-6 indicators at once.

You may also:

-Research information on how individuals can solve their poverty problems and share the relevant advice with the families;

-Use the community-level information gathered to develop alliances and partnerships on behalf of your beneficiaries - for example, we've seen organizations secure discounts with certain medical provisioners for its beneficiaries.

Can I add, merge or remove indicators?

Poverty and deprivation looks different in different contexts. So, adaptation of the Poverty Stoplight survey is not just allowed and encouraged but actually built in to the training to become a Poverty Stoplight partner.

How long will it take me to start using the Poverty Stoplight?

Partners are able to start administering surveys after signing an agreement, holding an in-person training and completing adaptation of the indicators. This can all be done in as little as two months although most partners take their time for thorough planning and to prepare their beneficiaries to take the survey.

Can I use the Poverty Stoplight as a Monitoring & Evaluation tool?

Many of Poverty Stoplight's Special Projects use the Poverty Stoplight to monitor and evaluate their existing programs. By administering the survey every 6 - 12 months, organizational leaders are able to see the "before's" and "afters" of their target population. For example, imagine an organization that offers a year-long job-training and life-skills program. That organization can administer the Poverty Stoplight survey at the beginning of the program and at the end of the program to evaluate and communicate how effective their services are.

What training is needed to implement Poverty Stoplight in the field?

Poverty Stoplight partners participate in a 5-day, in-person training in their city or in Asuncion, Paraguay at Poverty Stoplight Headquarters. There, partners join the Poverty Stoplight community for the first time, collaborating with Headquarters staff and learning exclusive solutions and strategies to eliminating poverty. During this time, knowledge is transferred regarding the Poverty Stoplight methodology, technology, and know-how for running a successful program.

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