The Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®) is a poverty measurement tool for organizations and businesses with a mission to serve the poor.  The PPI 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 – or above by only a narrow margin.  With the PPI, organizations can identify the clients, customers, or employees who are most likely to be poor or vulnerable to poverty, integrating objective poverty data into their assessments and strategic decision-making.

The latest version of the PPI for Colombia was created in November 2012 by Mark Schreiner of Microfinance Risk Management, L.L.C. Indicators in the PPI for Colombia are based on data from the 2009 Integrated Household Survey conducted by DANE.  Fifteen respondents from fourteen different organizations responded to the User Review conducted in July of 2011 (in Spanish).

The look-up table for the PPI for Colombia was updated in December 2012 to accommodate new poverty lines created by the Colombian government; the scorecard was not changed. The definition of income or expenditure, the definition of a poverty line, or both has changed and old definition poverty lines have been created. Download this guide (English, PDF, log-in required) for more information on transitioning to a new version.


Colombia PPI Downloads (Members Only)

PPI Scorecard and Lookup Table

PPI Sample Size Calculator

PPI Design Documentation

PPI Interpretation of Indicators

The PPI for Colombia has been field tested.

A basic field test was conducted at Microempresas de Antioquia (MEDA) during the development of this PPI for Colombia. Results of this exercise are available in both English and Spanish. To obtain these results, please email us.