What Is Signal?
Signal is part of a global Poverty Stoplight Movement eliminating poverty.
Poverty affects every person differently, whether they are living in a family home, in care, or are homeless.
That's why Signal was created as both a metric and a methodology to enable households to assess their level of poverty and to carry out personalised strategies to overcome their specific deprivations.
Signal defines what it means "not to be poor" across 6 dimensions:
These dimensions are further divided into 54 indicators.
Each indicator is represented by three images and simple explanations that the individual or the household uses to complete a self-evaluated survey. Each image represents a situation which defines extreme poverty (red), poverty (yellow) and non-poverty (green). This helps identify people's status for each specific indicator
The self-evaluation survey is conducted using software that can be used on computers, tablets, or mobile phones.
Its results allow for easy visualisation by showing households its successes in green and areas for improvement in yellow and red. Signal not only allows an easy understanding of what is being evaluated, but also helps to direct focus on concrete actions.
Signal breaks down the overwhelming concept of poverty into smaller, more manageable problems.
These problems can be solved through simple interventions, making the "invisible" manifestations of poverty visible in the shape of simple, understandable indicators.
One of the methodology's greatest strengths is in motivating positive results from what is measured. In searching for solutions to each indicator, it helps generate actions and priorities to better channel existing resources and to promote collaboration among all stakeholders.
"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life." - Nelson Mandela
How it helps Households
Signal generates many tangible benefits for individuals and households taking the survey as well as for the organisations that administer it.
Individuals and households who take the survey are able to:
- Visualise their own poverty in a simplified way
- Become actors, not objects, of development and poverty elimination
- Break down the overwhelming concept of poverty into manageable fragments
- Develop their own Life Map to overcome poverty
How It Helps Organisations
Organisations who administer the survey are able to:
- Clearly identify and keep track of those living in poverty
- Close community-needs gaps by using geo-referenced information for each indicator
- Help people overcome poverty, not just measure it
- Create strategic alliances to channel resources where they are most needed.