ESRC-NCRM training course on multidimensional poverty

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) organised a two-day training course in Oxford on 13-14 June 2013, ‘An Introduction to the Alkire Foster Method of Measuring Multidimensional Poverty’, which was run by OPHI’s research team.

The course provided a conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of poverty measurement, with a focus on the implementation of the Alkire Foster counting method. This first course provided an idea of the relevance of multidimensional measurement and the intuition behind a local implementation.

The programme included a policy-focused sharing session on the international experience, a comprehensive summary of the current state of the art, the methodology, and an intuitive explanation of the implementation process. The course also gave participants the opportunity to design, tailor and calculate a multidimensional poverty measure based on the Alkire Foster methodology. Theoretical lessons were complemented with empirical calculations (in groups).

At the end of the course, participants knew the arguments for the relevance of multidimensional poverty measures; understood why and how such measures add value to unidimensional measures and dashboards; and were able to compute Alkire Foster measures and adapt parameters to their own requirements and contexts.

The NCRM is part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) strategy to improve the standards of research methods.

For more information on the course, click here.