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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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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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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Latest News

Consultancy: End-line meta-review of the IDM program

– Assess and report on the extent to which the four-year IDM Program has achieved its intended outcomes – March-June 2020 – Home base with some travel to Canberra PROGRAM OVERVIEW The purpose of the IDM Program 2016-2020 is: by 2020 the measure will be ready for global use as an individual measure of deprivation […]

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World Food Program’s Dr Jacqueline Paul joins Global Conference program

Dr Jacqueline Paul, the Senior Gender Adviser with the World Food Programme (WFP), will join us at the Measure What Matters Global Conference in April to speak on the Composite measures and gender equality panel.  

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