I'm excited to join the discussions...I've been following FSN Network for a while but haven't started any conversations yet.
My project (LIFT--see http://kdid.org/projects/field-support/lift if you’d like to learn more) seeks to establish and facilitate linkages between health clinics and community-based services (primarily economic strengthening, livelihoods, and food security, or ES/L/FS). Early this year we hope to test a number of poverty screening/assessment tools. We’re looking for a short tool to administer to clients at a health center to help make informed, appropriate referrals to ES/L/FS services available to households in their community. It is our hope to develop a screening/assessment tool that will quickly and accurately identify a client’s household poverty situation (using the provide, protect, promote framework, see page 4 of http://microlinks.kdid.org/sites/microlinks/files/resource/files/LIFT%20ES%20Framework_8%2017%202011.pdf). We hope this can be followed over time to track household poverty, but this may be risky with a screening tool. Further, we hope the tool will allow a trained social worker (or perhaps skilled health staff) to refer clients to appropriate ES/L/FS services. The screening tool will not be the basis of eligibility/ineligibility for services. Rather, the social worker/health staff need to be trained to make competent referrals.
We are looking at the PPI (Progress out of Poverty Initiative) tools, the PAT (Poverty Assessment Tool), and the CSI (CARE’s Coping Strategies Index). Approaches like HEA (Household Economy Approach) are too complex for the kind of work we need to do.
MY QUESTIONS: Are there other tools to consider? Do we have experience with in-house tools? Has anyone used these kinds of tools (in part or alone) for impact evaluation purposes?
Please feel free to comment here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.