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Frank Ballard
• 03/13/15
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1. Average poverty likelihoods, not PPI scores.

To calculate a poverty rate for a group of individuals, first convert each individual’s PPI score to a poverty likelihood using the Look-up Table. Second (and finally) average all of the poverty likelihoods to calculate the poverty rate. This simple method is the only way to accurately calculate a poverty rate estimate using the PPI.

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Frank Ballard
• 02/11/15
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Many smallholder farmers in Eastern Kenya are at a disadvantage when selling their crops on the market. They tend to lack adequate storage for their crops, as well as access to financial services and integration into the market. Due to these factors, poorer farmers often sell their crops at harvest to earn much needed income, when markets are flooded and crop prices are low.

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Lindsey Longendyke
• 09/12/14
• Posted in data analysis
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Perhaps one of the most exciting and appealing uses of the Progress out of Poverty Index is what we call a “poverty movement analysis.” When an organization collects PPI data from its clients over the course of multiple years, it can compare poverty rates between two points in time to determine if, on average, clients’ poverty levels are improving. For any organization with a mission to reduce poverty, this analysis is critically important.

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Julie Peachey
• 07/28/14
• Posted in agriculture
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This article was originally published on the Huffington Post

Thomas Jefferson once said: "Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."

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Alex Murray
• 07/22/14
• Posted in ppi implementation, Kenya
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Are we fulfilling our mission? How do we implement our vision?

When steering an organization, continual review of strategic objectives is essential to ensure managerial decisions align with the mission statement and long-term vision. Faced with day-to-day operational pressures, how can leadership ensure its decisions correlate with its stated mission?

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Lindsey Longendyke
• 04/02/14
• Posted in research, financial inclusion
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InterMedia is a nonprofit organization that specializes in research and evaluation. InterMedia has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor program to research how people – especially the poor – make use of mobile money and other digital financial services.

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Lindsey Longendyke
• 03/26/14
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For organizations that serve families living in poverty, a misinformed decision can squander limited resources or overlook an opportunity to help a family in need. That is why Grameen Foundation promotes the Progress out of Poverty Index, or PPI. Poverty data can help an organization’s management team make better decisions in the interest of the poor. However, PPI data is only useful if the organization has adopted best practices to ensure accuracy and the management team is willing to respond to findings.  

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Friendship Bridge
• 12/13/13
• Posted in decision-making, strategy
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By Tori Barnett & Caitlin Scott, Friendship Bridge

Friendship Bridge is a nonprofit organization that provides microcredit and education to Guatemalan women so they can create their own solutions to poverty.  We work primarily with indigenous populations in rural areas where the rate of poverty and malnutrition in Guatemala is the highest. For many years, Friendship Bridge has been utilizing both qualitative and quantitative evaluation tools to monitor the impact of the mission.  In 2011, Friendship Bridge committed to a more consistent evaluation process to better monitor balanced financial and social performance, which included conducting a baseline study using the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI). The following year, Friendship Bridge institutionalized the PPI as part of its regular processes.  The data collected from these efforts are now used to shape the strategic plans and priorities for the organization.

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Frank Ballard
• 10/09/13
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When using the PPI and reporting its results, it’s helpful to understand the difference between the terms poverty likelihood and poverty rate—sometimes referred to as estimated poverty. These terms are not interchangeable and express different concepts, so it is important to use them correctly.

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