Background

OPHI launched Missing Dimensions in April 2007 with a workshop that proposed survey modules for inclusion in individual or household surveys, to improve data collection for each missing dimension. The survey modules have been subject to subsequent testing and revision – for current versions of the modules in various languages, see the Survey Modules and Projects pages.

Further details of the launch and materials from the event can be found under our previous events and podcasts pages.

The OPHI working papers below provide detailed information on how the indicators in each survey module, used to assess the missing dimensions, were developed.

For further information on Missing Dimensions research, see OPHI’s full list of working papers and The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data special issue journal.

Criteria

The following criteria were used to identify suitable indicators for inclusion in individual or household surveys.

  • The indicators need to be internationally comparable.
  • They should assess both the instrumental and the intrinsic aspects of each dimension.
  • They must enable identification of changes in the missing dimensions over time.
  • They should draw on previous experience of particular indicators; notably we tried to use indicators that had been previously fielded and found to be ‘adequate’ measures for research purposes.

Working papers

Working Papers – English

Special Issue: The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data.  Guest Editor Emma Samman, Oxford Development Studies vol. 35, no. 4, December 2007

OPHI Working Paper 0: The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data: An Introduction. Sabina Alkire, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 1: Safety and Security: A Proposal for Internationally Comparable Indicators of Violence. Rachael Diprose, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 2: Employment: A Proposal for Internationally Comparable Indicators. Maria Ana Lugo, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 3: The Ability to go about without Shame: A Proposal for Internationally Comparable Indicators. Diego Zavaleta, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 4: Agency & Empowerment: A Proposal for Internationally Comparable Indicators. Solava Ibrahim and Sabina Alkire, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 5: Psychological and Subjective Well-being: A Proposal for Internationally Comparable Indicators. Emma Samman, May 2007

Abridged Working Papers – Spanish (translations courtesy of Revista Humanum):

OPHI Working Paper 0: Las dimensiones faltantes en la medición de la pobreza. Sabina Alkire, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 1: La importancia de la seguridad en la medición de la pobreza. Rachael Diprose, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 2: Empleo. Una propuesta de indicadores comparables internacionalmente. Maria Ana Lugo, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 3: Pobreza, vergüenza y humillación: una propuesta de medición. Diego Zavaleta, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 4: Agencia y empoderamiento en la medición de la pobreza. Solava Ibrahim and Sabina Alkire, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 5: ¿Para qué medir el bienestar subjetivo y psicológico? Emma Samman, May 2007

Working Papers – Mandarin (translations courtesy of Science Press):

OPHI Working Paper 0: 贫困数据的缺失维度:引言 牛津大学:萨比娜·阿尔基尔 Sabina Alkire, May 2007

OPHI Working Paper 2: 关于就业的国际通用度量指标 牛津大学:玛丽亚·阿南·卢戈 María Ana Lugo, May 2007

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