Missing Dimensions Projects

OPHI has been testing and refining the modules, and undertaking data collection since early 2007. Details of the projects and resources used, including the survey questions in several languages, are listed here.

OPHI has ongoing collaboration with teams around the world to test and improve the modules and to produce new data and qualitative and quantitative analyses on the missing dimensions. Currently, OPHI and partners are fielding a nationally representative survey in Chad, and the first nationally representative dataset and analyses were conducted in Chile. Projects have also be conducted in Philippines, Nigeria and Sri Lanka, plus a first smaller project in Chad.

Missing Dimensions, Poverty and Vulnerability in Chad

The Government of Chad, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Oxford University, and UNICEF-Chad are together working on a study to explore the multi-layered connections between poverty and vulnerability in Chad. The project is designed to support improved data and evidence on multidimensional poverty, deprivation and vulnerability in Chad.

Household survey

To help address these bottlenecks the study will draw upon a large-scale nationally representative household survey of over 4,500 households to be carried out in 2012. The household survey data analysis together with the relevant secondary research will allow the three collaborators to generate policy-relevant evidence to support advocacy and follow-up measures.

Exploratory study

Chad is one of the world’s poorest countries and faces numerous challenges that hinder its progress on human development and toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was ranked 183 out of 187 countries according to UNDP’s 2011 Human Development Index (UNDP 2011). The data currently available makes clear that the country must confront a wide array of deprivations, spanning well beyond income poverty. This exploratory study aims to stimulate innovative and high-impact policy responses to persistent deprivation in the country.

Full project page: Multidimensional Poverty and Vulnerability in Chad ~ Understanding the Connections.

Piloting of the OPHI Missing Dimensions Modules in Chad, Nigeria and Sri Lanka

OPHI is working with the Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network (PEP Network) to pilot the missing dimensions survey modules. These have been carried out in communities in Chad, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

The questionnaires, which were administered in French, Igbo, Sinhala and Tamil, are available to download.

Full MD Questionnaire Implemented in Chad by Institut National de la Statistique, des Etudes Economiques et Démographiques (INSEED) – French, 2009

Full MD Questionnaire Implemented in Sri Lanka – Tamil, 2009

Full MD Questionnaire Implemented in Sri Lanka – Sinhala, 2009

Full MD Questionnaire Implemented in Nigeria – Igbo, 2009

Full MD Questionnaire Implemented in Nigeria – English Translation, 2009

CBMS Philippines

OPHI is working with the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in the Philippines. This has involved piloting the missing dimensions modules among 500 households in one rural and one urban community in and around Manila.

Full MD Questionnaire Implemented in Philippines – Tagalog, 2009

MPhil Theses

Student Research Grants

OPHI offers a small number of grants to MPhil and DPhil students from Development Studies, Economics, Economics for Development, Sociology, Applied Statistics and other related subjects at the University of Oxford. The grants are for research related to OPHI’s research themes and are advertised with guidelines for applications in February or March of each year. Selected papers resulting from OPHI’s research grants are published in OPHI Research in Progress Series.

Collaborating with OPHI

We welcome expressions of interest from any individuals or organizations seeking to test any (or ideally all) OPHI survey modules. For more information about these indicators and associated research, or if you plan to use them in your own work, please contact ophi@qeh.ox.ac.uk.