The problems that we are addressing are the limitations of current approaches to measurement of multidimensional poverty and the ways in which NGOs, governments and international development agencies mostly use top-down approaches to address poverty. Poverty Stoplight breaks down the overwhelming concept of poverty into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through simple interventions, making the invisible visible in the shape of simple, understandable indicators.
The Poverty Stoplight has been tested in various contexts since 2011. We developed a Scaling Up Strategy which is ready for roll-out, focusing on scaling up the technology platform for data gathering, expanding the number of international HUBS and strengthening communications. Existing partners and organization worldwide have expressed interest in using and adapting the Poverty Stoplight. The time has come to scale it up globally.
How does your innovation work?
The long term vision of the Poverty Stoplight is a world without poverty where all want to live. Its mission is to activate the potential of individuals and families to eliminate multidimensional poverty through self-evaluation tools that allow the discovery of practical and innovative solutions. Using a self-evaluation survey of 50 multidimensional indicators, the methodology breaks down the complex concept of poverty into three easy definitions for each indicator: extremely poor (marked as red), poor (yellow), and not poor (green). Once each family’s poverty has been defined through the self-diagnostic, the family becomes the chief architect in a customized poverty elimination plan of their creation: solutions are innovated based on pre-existing family knowledge/skills, by their surrounding community, or provided by private businesses, civil society organizations, or government bodies offering goods and services. The Poverty Stoplight methodology is currently implemented in three different contexts: within FP’s microfinance program, within 82 Paraguayan private businesses and within organizations in 23 countries in various phases of implementation. Our Scale-up Strategy outlines specific objectives and milestones for the next 5 years, including the creation of numerous Stoplight HUBS worldwide.
What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?
Fundacion Paraguaya currently has a 5-year scale-up strategy for the Poverty Stoplight. The goal is to make the Stoplight the tool of choice for participatory poverty analysis and action for use by like-minded organizations across the world. Our aim is to have 200,000 Stoplight users by 2021. The strategy includes three main objectives. 1 - Improving the practice of the Stoplight methodology, 2 - Strengthening Data Management Systems including an upgraded and expanded technological platform, and 3 - Testing potential clients and services for expanded use of the Stoplight, focusing on three product lines and 10 countries. We have identified the following Milestones: 2017 – Tech platform upgrade for data gathering, cognitive survey and in-depth interviews to consolidate the Poverty Spotlight and MPI (Oxford), Poverty Stoplight HUBS in 4-6 countries and Local and global website launch 2018 – Tech upgrade includes dashboard, automatized reporting and data visualization, a launch portal for partners, outcome tracking, a defined impact evaluation strategy and Poverty Spotlight HUBS in 6-12 countries 2019 – Open source launch platform, randomized control trial (RCT) roll-out, Poverty Stoplight HUBS in 12-18 countries 2020 – Data analytics, adaptation based on RCT results and Poverty Stoplight HUBS in 30 countries 2021 – Poverty Stoplight HUBS in 50 countries In order to achieve these milestones we will need to recruit a number of new staff and consultants.