Understand poverty. Inspire change.

Equality Insights is a gender-sensitive measure of poverty, underpinned by a survey which asks individuals questions about many aspects of their life to better understand their unique experiences. The result is an evidence base to inspire targeted and transformative change.
What We Do

Equality Insights measures the poverty of individuals using 15 key dimensions of life that women and men with lived experience of poverty say matter.

Generating insights that accelerate change

The purpose of the Equality Insights survey is to collect information about different aspects of a person’s life including their health, clothing, access to water, sanitation, their ability to raise concerns with local authorities, the demands on their time and other details that help us to understand people’s circumstances.

The information collected helps decision makers better understand how different people experience these issues and how this might vary depending on who they are, where they live or how old they are.

Collecting primary data

Equality Insights has a history of garnering support from governments and other organisations to collect primary data that complements and extends the insights from existing data. We work with stakeholders interested in gaining data that can support the design and targeting of policies and programs to help improve lives.

A collaborative approach

Equality Insights is a flagship initiative of the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA). The program is underpinned by twelve years of research and collaboration with multiple partners. This is a foundation for IWDA’s advocacy for, and contribution to, better gender data to achieve equality, rights, opportunities and freedom for individuals and communities. IWDA joins with women’s rights organisations, movements, and other advocates in working for the changes that will make this possible. Data plays an essential role in revealing inequalities and the barriers that sustain them.

Reflections on the nature of poverty from data collectors in the Solomon Islands

Data collectors in each country receive in-depth training to administer the survey to individuals in their broader communities. The survey asks a set of questions about each of the 15 dimensions and about assets. Information on the ethnicity, religion, age, gender and each individual’s self-assessed quality of life is also collected, in order to understand how these factors influence deprivation and inequality and interact to deepen disadvantage. Data is de-identified and stored in ways that support detailed analysis while ensuring privacy and security. Collaborating organisations and wider stakeholders help determine analysis priorities and make sense of results in the local context, focusing insights and connecting them to opportunities for change.

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