An introduction to the Alkire-Foster Method of Measuring Multidimensional Poverty (bookings closed)


13/06/2013 - 14/06/2013

Organised by:

NCRM, University of Southampton


Dr Sabina Alkire, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Jacqui Thorp
Training Administrator
National Centre for Research Methods
University of Southampton
Tel: 023 80594069


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Aim & Structure:

This course aims to provide a conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of poverty measurement with a focus on the implementation of the Alkire Foster counting method. This first course will provide an idea of the relevance of multidimensional measurement and the intuition behind a local implementation.

The programme will include a policy-focused sharing session on the international experience, a comprehensive summary of the current state of the art, the methodology and an intuitive explanation of the implementation process. The course also provides participants the opportunity to design, tailor and calculate a multidimensional poverty measure based on the Alkire Foster methodology. Theoretical lessons will be complemented with empirical calculations (in groups).


At the end of the course, participants will:

1. Know arguments for the relevance of multidimensional poverty measures.

2. Understand why and how multidimensional poverty measures add value to unidimensional measures and dashboards.

3. Be able to compute the Alkire Foster multidimensional poverty measures and adapt parameters to their own requirements and contexts.


The fee is:
1. £60 - For UK registered postgraduate students
2. £120 - For staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations
3. £440 - For all other participants
All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs. Refunds for cancellation are as follows. Full refund for cancellation one month before the course, NO refunds can be made after this date


South East


Descriptive Research, Comparative and Cross National Research, Cross-Sectional Research, Analysis of official statistics, Survey and Questionnaire Design, Small Area Estimation, Microdata Methods, Quantitative Approaches (other), Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Research Policy, Evidence-Based Policy and Practice, Multidimensional Poverty

Related publications and presentations:

Descriptive Research
Comparative and Cross National Research
Cross-Sectional Research
Analysis of official statistics
Survey and Questionnaire Design
Small Area Estimation
Microdata Methods
Quantitative Approaches (other)
Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
Research Policy
Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

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