Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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Empowering the impact investing sector with poverty data

Session Number: 2164
Track: Social Impact Measurement
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Impact Investing, International and Cross Cultural Evaluat, poverty, Social Impact Measurement
Session Chair: Veronica M Olazabal [Director, Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance - The Rockefeller Foundation]
Discussant: Veronica M Olazabal [Director, Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance - The Rockefeller Foundation]
Presenter 1: Julie C Peachey, MBA [Director - Innovations for Poverty Action]
Presenter 2: Heather Esper [Senior Program Manager - William Davidson Institute]
Presenter 3: Scott Graham [Director, Client Impact and Field Data Services - FINCA International]
Time: Nov 03, 2018 (09:15 AM - 10:00 AM)
Room: CC - 22

Abstract 1 Title: Using the Poverty Probability Index (PPI) to inform decisions at the investee and investor level.
Presentation Abstract 1:

Julie Peachey of IPA will share relevant examples of how the Poverty Probability Index (PPI) has been used to help organizations understand the poverty profile of their customers, conduct a variety of analyses by poverty level, and use that data to inform decisions at the investee and investor level. The PPI is a household-level poverty measurement tool used by hundreds of organizations around the world to cost-effectively estimate client poverty, solving a hurdle that has long prevent organizations working in developing countries from understanding a fundamental aspect of their clients’ lives. The tool is statistically sound, yet simple to use: the answers to 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership are scored to compute the likelihood that the household is living below the poverty line.


Abstract 2 Title: Collecting standardized poverty indicators across three inclusive distribution businesses
Presentation Abstract 2:

Heather Esper of WDI will share her experience developing a survey tool and processes to collect standardized poverty indicators across three inclusive distribution businesses funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). These businesses are members of the SCALA Inclusive Distribution Network (SCALA), a program developed by the Multilateral Investment Fund in partnership with the Citi Foundation and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). SCALA was created to scale inclusive distribution networks to advance economic opportunity, empowerment, and enterprise for low-income communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. These businesses included Supply Hope (Nicaragua), The Clinton Foundation’s Chakipi Acesso project (Peru) and Kiteiras, a project of Danone Brazil and World Vision Brazil. The poverty indicators included short- and long-term indicators including the PPI, among other indicators such as empowerment, self-efficacy, quality of life for children, social support, aspirations, and nutrition. Esper will also share five best practices on identifying, collecting and analyzing poverty data from this engagement.


Abstract 3 Title: Using the Mission Monitor poverty measurement tool and the underlying IT infrastructure that supports it
Presentation Abstract 3:

Scott Graham of FINCA will present an overview of their Mission Monitor, an instrument that uses predictive statistics to assess the organizations’ social performance across a range of indicators, including outreach to the poor, job creation, and client empowerment. The Mission Monitor data is collected through a 2-minute telephonic survey with incoming clients though, like the PPI, it is derived from a robust underlying data set.  FINCA will also highlight the digital, cloud-based infrastructure that supports the Mission Monitor, which includes rigorous outlier checks and behavioral analysis of the enumerators.


Audience Level: Intermediate, All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Panelists will share poverty indicators, tools and methods that can be collected across investments, best practices in collecting such data, and using poverty data to inform decision making at the investor and investee level. Julie Peachey of IPA will share relevant examples of how the Poverty Probability Index (PPI) has been used to help organizations understand the poverty profile of their customers, conduct a variety of analyses by poverty level, and use that data to inform decisions at the investee and investor level. Heather Esper of WDI will share her experience identifying, collecting and analyzing standardized poverty indicators across businesses. Scott Graham of FINCA will present an overview of their Mission Monitor, an instrument that uses predictive statistics to assess the organizations’ social performance. The discussant will reflect on how these various approaches to measuring poverty are contributing robustness to the social impact measurement field in a development context.



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