How Does It Work?

Changing reds and yellows into greens.

Visual Survey

Using a web-based methodology or app, individuals and households take a visual survey to produce a poverty map that allows them to see the details of their poverty on a dashboard.

Participants select images, categorised as red, yellow or green, that resemble their reality for each poverty indicator. Through its geo-tagging capabilities, the app can then generate poverty maps for entire communities which allows stakeholders to make targeted efforts and to better channel resources in a joint effort to eliminate poverty.

Become a Partner

Being part of a movement to eliminate poverty is a collaborative effort. Partners receive access to the visual survey, various training resources and back-up support to map multidimensional poverty for their individuals, households and communities.

Administer the Survey

Surveys can be taken using the Signal app on smartphones, tablets or computers. When the survey is finished, a clear picture of the individual's or household's poverty strengths and weaknesses is apparent.

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Individuals and Households

Step 1

Because every household is poor in their own way, every individual and household needs to address different aspects of their lives. Working with mentors, individuals and households develop a plan to move their survey results from red and yellow to green.

Step 2

Once a plan has been created, the individual or household begins to implement their specific plan to overcome poverty. The support organisation provides or facilitates opportunities and access to additional resources


Step 1

With the survey completed, organisations are now in a position to determine how to assist the individuals and households. Organisations can make an impact by using the survey results as a guide to develop partnerships and coordinate resources within their own organisation and programmes.

Step 2

Within a community, an individual or a household's needs vary; the Signal methodology can help provide organisations with the data necessary to know what those needs are. When a particular indicator is consistently ranked red or yellow, the organisation can decide which individuals or households in the community require the most assistance and where the organisation should target their resources.

Progress Update

As people continue to implement the plans they have made, support organisations keep in touch to assess the situation and monitor progress on individuals and families and their life maps.

Organisations and individuals and households can now progress together toward poverty elimination and return to Signal to re-take their survey and observe progress.

The Technology

Signal offers several options to access the visual survey. Currently, partners have the option of using the Visual Survey Platform, web survey or the mobile app.

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