The Stages-of-Progress methodology helps examine households' movements
out of poverty and into poverty. More important, it helps uncover the
reasons responsible for these movements, thereby feeding directly into
policy formulation. I present the steps in this methodology, discussing
briefly some results from applications carried out with colleagues in
236 diverse communities of India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru and North
Carolina, USA, examining the pathways traversed by a total of more than
25,000 households. Next, I discuss how reliably this recall-based,
participatory and community-driven methodology works in practice.
Strengths and weaknesses of the method are examined in conclusion.
Subjective assessments, participatory methods and poverty dynamics: the stages of progress method. Working Paper 93. Manchester: IDPM/Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), UK, ISBN 1-904049-92-3, iii + 18 pp.