Category Archives: Research Workshops

2018 Workshops – Archive

Multidimensional Impact Evaluation Workshop
Start Date: 01 Mar 2018
End Date: 03 Mar 2018
Location: Green Templeton College, Oxford
With: OPHI & Guests

Brief Description: About 30 researchers came together in Oxford in March 2018 to discuss how the Alkire-Foster Method can be used to evaluate the impact of social protection schemes. Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), the Multidimensional Impact … Continue reading Multidimensional Impact Evaluation Workshop

2016 Workshops – Archive

Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty Levels and Trends
Start Date: 06 Dec 2016
End Date: 07 Dec 2016
Location: Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford
With: 

Brief Description: An introduction to OPHI presented by Sabina Alkire 10:30-11:00 Econometric Analyses of Multidimensional Poverty by Nicolai Suppa Discussant: William Greene 11:20-12:10 Ethnic Diversity and Multidimensional Poverty by Christian Oldiges and Bilal Malaeb Discussant: Andrew Gelman   13:10-14:00 Good governance and … Continue reading Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty Levels and Trends→

2012 Workshops – Archive

Workshop on Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia
Start Date: 03 Dec 2012
End Date: 04 Dec 2012
Location: Washington DC, USA
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI took part in a workshop on ‘Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia’ in Washington DC, USA, from 3-4 December.

Dynamic Comparison between Multidimensional Poverty and Monetary Poverty
Start Date: 21 Nov 2012
End Date: 22 Nov 2012
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI and Stephan Klasen

Brief Description: This workshop was held in Oxford by OPHI and Stephan Klasen, Professor of Development Economics and Empirical Economic Research at the University of Göttingen, Germany. The workshop saw 17 papers presented: two of them on multidimensional poverty methods; two on monetary poverty; and 13 in which monetary poverty and multidimensional poverty were compared in different countries, including Bhutan, India, Nepal, Uganda, Vietnam, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa. You can download and listen to the presentations given by clicking on the links in the table below.

Workshop on Value Judgements in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Design
Start Date: 28 Jun 2012
End Date: 29 Jun 2012
Location: Oxford Department of International Development
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: Research Workshop | 28-29 June, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford 2012 This intensive workshop joined together philosophers and economists to discuss a very specific, practical topic – the design of new multidimensional poverty measures – and flesh out some … Continue reading Workshop on Value Judgements in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Design→

2007 Workshops – Archive

OPHI Launch Workshops
Start Date: 29 May 2007
End Date: 01 Jun 2007
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: This topic was proposed by a research workshop in May 2006, which observed that research is deeply affected by the lack of internationally comparable data on key capabilities or dimensions of deprivation and agreed that better data based on high quality empirical and conceptual research are needed. The workshop considered proposals for a short list of indicators that people cite as important in their experiences of poverty but are generally missing from internationally comparable surveys to date. See OPHI’s Missing Dimensions pages for up to date information on work on this research theme. One page overview of Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data workshop.

Workshop on Teaching Human Development
Start Date: 28 Mar 2007
End Date: 31 Mar 2007
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

2008 Workshops – Archive

Open Dialogue with OPHI
Start Date: 16 Jun 2008
End Date: 16 Jun 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI researchers presented results of work in progress on Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, China, India, and Bhutan. In each of these cases, OPHI researchers use existing data to compare income poverty with a new multidimensional poverty measure (Alkire & Foster Working Paper 7) and explore the value added.

OPHI Workshop on Measuring Freedoms
Start Date: 28 May 2008
End Date: 29 May 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: A great deal of attention has focused on empirical studies related to multidimensional poverty. These could be conceived of as the measurement of functionings. Considerably less attention has been applied to empirical measures of capabilities and opportunity freedoms. Measures of process freedoms such as empowerment and political freedom have been developed, but the integration of these measures with the space of functionings has not occurred. This workshop focused on the borderlands between theoretical and empirical work on freedom.

OPHI Workshop on Weighting in Multidimensional Poverty Measures
Start Date: 26 May 2008
End Date: 27 May 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: In constructing multidimensional poverty measures, it is possible to apply weights a) in aggregating variables within one dimension; b) in aggregating across dimensions; c) in aggregating across people. At each point of aggregation, we need to determine the parameters that define the marginal contribution of each indicator, dimension, or individual to the overall well-being (or deprivation), taking into consideration also the possible interconnections among them. OPHI’s May 2008 workshop will consider a number of techniques to set weights for multidimensional measures. 

2009 Workshop – Archive

OPHI Workshop on Policy: Uruguay Round
Start Date: 14 Oct 2009
End Date: 15 Oct 2009
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: OPHI held its first workshop with high-level policymakers from Latin America on 14/ 15 October in Montevideo, Uruguay. The aim was to assess the policy implications of OPHI’s work on the “missing dimensions” of human development. Participants from Argentina, Bolivia, … Continue reading OPHI Workshop on Policy: Uruguay Round→

OPHI Workshop on ‘Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data’
Start Date: 16 Aug 2009
End Date: 16 Aug 2009
Location: Durban, South Africa
With: OPHI

Brief Description: On 16 August, OPHI conducted a workshop on the Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data in Durban, South Africa prior to the opening of the 57th session of the International Statistics Institute (ISI). The ISI has as its objective ‘to promote the understanding, development, and good practice of statistics worldwide’ and assembled more than 3,000 delegates over six days. OPHI took advantage of the ISI meetings to invite participants to attend a workshop to discuss OPHI’s survey modules and their relevance to understanding poverty in Africa, potential policy implications, and how the work of OPHI might be taken further in the region. OPHI is eager to become more involved in Africa and to test these modules in at least one African country.

OPHI Workshop on Multidimensional Measures in Six Contexts
Start Date: 01 Jun 2009
End Date: 02 Jun 2009
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI’s June 2009 small, high-level research workshop will examine several multidimensional measures used in six specific contexts – including the multidimensional poverty methodology developed by OPHI – to critically compare them, identify commonalities, advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies, and isolate shared weaknesses for which new methodologies should be developed.

OPHI Workshop on Robustness Methods for Multidimensional Welfare Analysis
Start Date: 05 May 2009
End Date: 06 May 2009
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: The goal of this OPHI workshop is to identify and discuss specific areas for research aimed at developing stronger methodologies of robustness for multidimensional well-being analysis. Special emphasis is given to stochastic dominance techniques. The sessions will survey how various methods have been applied in the literature, and identify strengths and weaknesses of the techniques and discuss potential further developments. We see this workshop as a first stage, and hope that some participants and invitees might prepare papers for a special issue that follows up on key ideas.

2010 Workshops – Archive

World Bank Workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement
Start Date: 30 Aug 2010
End Date: 30 Aug 2010
Location: World Bank, Washington DC
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: The Poverty and Inequality Measurement and Analysis Practice Group August 30th, 2010, World Bank, Washington DC Poverty is multidimensional, and the Bank’s work reflects the importance of addressing the different dimensions of poverty. But, when talking about measurement , researchers … Continue reading World Bank Workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

Multidimensional Poverty & Inequality: New Methods & Research Directions
Start Date: 14 Jun 2010
End Date: 16 Jun 2010
Location: Oxford Department of International Development
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: OPHI’s workshop on new methods and research directions in multidimensional poverty and inequality discussed innovative new techniques to measure multiple dimensions of life. Participants included senior academics, students and representatives from international agencies. The workshop was co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office, who OPHI is collaborating with on work towards the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report.

2011 Workshops – Archive

There are no records of OPHI workshops for 2011.

OPHI Workshop on Weighting in Multidimensional Poverty Measures, 26-27 May 2008

In constructing multidimensional poverty measures, it is possible to apply weights a) in aggregating variables within one dimension; b) in aggregating across dimensions; c) in aggregating across people. At each point of aggregation, we need to determine the parameters that define the marginal contribution of each indicator, dimension, or individual to the overall well-being (or deprivation), taking into consideration also the possible interconnections among them.

OPHI’s May 2008 workshop will consider a number of techniques to set weights for multidimensional measures. These include:

  • Participatory and expert-based approaches;
  • Survey-based methods to elicit directly people’s preferences (standard gamble, visual analogues, and willingness to pay) or making use of subjective-well-being surveys;
  • Statistical methods (factor analysis, principal component, and latent variable models, and data enveloping analysis).

The overall goal of the workshop is to identify the technical and conceptual strengths and weaknesses of each weighting technique, to clarify which techniques are best suited to set weights in which contexts of multidimensional poverty measurement, and how such weights are to be verified. A related theme, also explored, will be the robustness tests directed to assess the sensibility of results to different weights within a given technique and across methods.

Working Papers on weighting (short titles):
WP 26: Robustness test. By Foster, McGillivray, and Seth. August 2008. (coming soon)
WP 25: Willingness-to-pay and the equivalent approach. By Fleurbaey.
WP 24: Deriving weights for the Index of Multiple Deprivation… Watson, Sutton, Dibben, and Ryan.
WP 23: The impact of changing weights… Dibben, Atherton, Cox, Watson, Ryan, and Sutton.
WP 22: Restricted and Unrestricted Hierarchy of Weights. By Esposito and Chiappero-Martinetti.
WP 21: Characterizing weights in Multidimensional Poverty measures…. Mom Njong & Ningaye
WP 20: What good is happiness? By Fleurbaey, Schokkaert, and Decancq.
WP 19: Expert opinion and participatory approaches to weighting. Clark and Alkire.
WP 18: Setting weights in multidimensional indices of well-being. Decancq and Lugo.

Presenters and discussants: Sabina Alkire, Ricardo Aparicio, Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, David Clark, Koen Decanq, Stefan Dercon, Chris Dibben, Jean-Luc Dubois, Marc Fleurbaey, James Foster, Jaya Krishnakumar, Maria Ana Lugo, Esfandiar Maasoumi, Aloysius Mom Njong, Michael Noble, Kevin Roberts, Kim Samuel-Johnson, Erik Schokkaert, Suman Seth, Erik Thorbecke, Verity Watson, Gemma Wright

Participants: Paul Anand, Marth Hoskins, Maria Emma Santos, Sebastian Silva Leander, Randy Spence, Gaston Yalonetzky

OPHI gratefully acknowledges support from the International Development Research Council (IDRC) Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); and the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University for this event.