Eradicating Poverty through the Win Win Earth Methodology
The Win Win Earth Methodology seeks to eliminate the multidimensional poverty that affects the families with whom we work. It allows families to trace their own poverty map and develop and implement a clear plan to overcome it.
Through a visual survey which uses a series of photographs, families self-assess their level of poverty in 50 indicators grouped into 6 dimensions of poverty which are: Income & Employment, Health & Environment, Housing & Infrastructure, Education & Culture, Organization & Participation and Interiority & Motivational. Each indicator is defined as Red (extreme poverty), Yellow (poverty) or Green (not poverty). For applying the Poverty Stoplight survey, we use the Earn as You Go platform
This methodology seeks to provide innovative solutions to poverty, while identifying practical solutions that are normally there, but cannot be distinguished without the advice of a person who acts as a mentor.
Benefits of the methodology:
- Provides a comprehensive analysis of the different levels of poverty, mapping them geographically.
- Enables to channel actions to eliminate poverty, which leads to better results.
- Breaks down the often “overwhelm” concept of poverty into a series of smaller manageable poverty problems.
- It puts the families as the main protagonists of their poverty elimination strategy, as it is a “self-assessment” of poverty.
- Makes the invisible visible, dividing poverty into 6 dimensions and 50 indicators that define the level of poverty for each family
- Generates poverty elimination plans that go beyond mere subsidies; it seeks to promote change in the typical patterns that generate poverty in the lives of families.
DATA GATHERING PROCESS AND METHODOLOGY
The freedom project is driven through a data management program that allows the project management team together gather, collate and interpret the data. This data collection process provides a measurement tool and a progress evaluation system by grouping the above six dimensions as represented by the colours of a traffic light. This is illustrated below:
- Selection of Collaborators
The data is gathered by a team which is selected through the community leadership and trained by the project management team. They get inducted into the program and taught how to collect the data. These collaborators are also critical in identifying potential pitfalls in the data gathering process that can be fed back into the data management team to ensure Quality and integrity of the date.
- Selection of the Population
The Community where the data needs to be tracked and monitored is identified, and the individual collaborators are assigned the responsibility to ensure that the correct data is gathered and submitted via the electronic or digital platform within the right timetable.
Once the data has been submitted to the database, the project team will generate an individual family plan for each family with a map and strategy on how to move from red to green.
- Design, Implementation, and Tracking of the Intervention
Step One: Diagnostic Benchmark
The collaborative team will work with project management team to create a benchmark of the 50 different data points. This will identify the set of photographs that determine what Red, Orange or Green are within the 50 data points.
Step Two: Application Design
The information and photographs are captured into the Digital Platform and a final design is then deployed into the field to allow the collaborators to collect the required data from the selected population. This will be design testing phase and a final deployment phase.
Step Three: Data Collection
The collaborators will spend the required time visiting each home with the selected population and capture each of the 50 data points. This will ensure that the correct information is fed back into the database to generate the individual family plans. The collaborators will be provided with a digital platform or tablet with a prepaid data that will allow them to collect the data.
Step Four: Benchmark Tracking
The collaborators will collect the same data set predefined intervals to show and illustrate where critical growth has happened within each family plan and identifying underlying issues that the project management team can address and resolve.