Measure What Matters Global Conference

The IDM will be ready for global use and showcased in April 2020 at the Global Conference, Measure What Matters: data to leave no one behind.

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Navigating the politics of open data – Outcome document

A summary of the outcomes from our HLPF side event, Navigating the Politics of Open Data, held in collaboration with Open Data Watch and UN Women.

Outcome document

Understanding inequality in the Pacific - we need more data

This HLPF the global community will focus on inequality. Read about efforts to close data gaps relating to inequality in the Pacific region.

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Looking inside the household matters.

1/3 of all inequality exists within households. We need to measure poverty at the individual level.

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Explore IDM resources

Learn about the Individual Deprivation Measure, completed studies and role in achieving the 2030 agenda.

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Leadership for inclusive development

We were thrilled to win the RDI Network's inaugural video award at the 2019 Conference. We answered the question: what does leadership for inclusive development mean?

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Knowing who is poor, in what way and to what extent

The Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) is a new, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty. It has been developed to assess deprivation at the individual level and overcome the limitations of current approaches which measure poverty at the household level.

By assessing poverty at the individual level, the IDM enables accurate disaggregation of data by sex, age, disability, ethnicity, religion, geographic location and more.

The IDM can be sex-disaggregated across 15 dimensions of life relevant to poor women and men, generating a gender-sensitive measure.

The IDM considers a wide range of factors as relevant to measuring poverty, assessing 15 key economic and social dimensions, including some especially important for revealing gender disparity (voice in the community, time-use, family planning and personal relationships).

Because the IDM collects data on 15 dimensions from each individual, it can reveal the impact of intersecting deprivations and inform targeting of deprivations impacting particular populations.

The IDM uses a 0 to 4 scale providing insight into the intensity of an individual’s poverty. Knowing how poor individuals are, in what dimensions, matters for policy and programming, and assessing the effectiveness of action.

The IDM can help governments and organisations target poverty more effectively. It can also help them measure success or failure, revealing what aspects of poverty are changing, by how much and for whom.

The IDM is the first poverty measure in the world based on the views of women and men with lived experience of poverty. The dimensions were selected based on what they prioritised as important to measure.

How it Works

Introducing the Individual Deprivation Measure

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IDM and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Individual, intersectional and intrahousehold measurement matters for improving the accuracy of global data on inequality and poverty, and targeting policies and programs towards achieving the Global Goals.

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Registrations live for Measure What Matters Global Conference

Following four years of research and refinement, building on five years of mixed methods research and early testing, the IDM is ready for global use and will be showcased in April 2020 at our Global Conference, Measure What Matters: data to leave no one behind.

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The role of finance in gender equality

The IDM Program will be an observer at the annual meeting of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) on 2-3 October. GENDERNET is the space where gender policy leads in OECD member countries come together to update on initiatives, strategise and collaborate.  While primarily an intergovernmental meeting, representatives from civil […]

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