Using individual PPI indicators for analysis beyond poverty scoring alone
Hi all. I’m the Global Impact Director for Opportunity International and lead Opportunity’s global Social Performance Management (SPM) program. http://spm.opportunity.org/ Opportunity is an Institutional Support Partner of the PPI Alliance and we have promoted use of the PPI among our partners and other stakeholders for a number of years.
I’d be very interested to hear how other networks and FSPs have used data from individual PPI indicators:
- Which PPI indicators are useful on a standalone basis?
- What use did you put the data to? Did you make operational or strategic decisions based on this data?
- Do you report this data to management/Board? Or do you report this data externally?
- What type of questions would you like to see included more (or less) in PPI scorecards? Eg asset ownership questions? Access to services? Household demographic information?
20 of Opportunity’s network partners (FSPs) collect PPI data. A few have used data from individual indicators for:
- Understanding client need – our partner in Indonesia collected data from across all of their branches. Responses to the PPI question “What type of toilet arrangement does the household have?” provided management with data that identified a lack of access to proper sanitation facilities in specific geographic areas. The partner is now piloting a health education and sanitation loan product.
- Product/service development – our partner in India identified specific areas where a significant minority of clients lacked access to mobile phones. This information influenced the partner’s delivery strategy, in light of current trends towards mobile phone banking. Data on access to transportation has similarly been used in this way.