Understanding poverty measurement, definitions and data
Greater Manchester Poverty Action provides training to organisations working to address poverty across the city region and the rest of the UK. We aim to support organisations to better understand some of the complexities around poverty. This includes training in how poverty is measured and how to identify data to understanding the recent history of welfare reform and how it affects different groups of people.
Debates about whether poverty exists in the UK and how to define and measure it have raged for decades. A multitude of data is available that helps quantify poverty, but that wealth of data can make finding the most useful and best supporting evidence difficult. By the end of this one-day course participants will have developed an understanding of what key poverty datasets tell us, how best to access data sources and how to use this knowledge to support the work that they do.
Who is this course for?
This course is for organisations and individuals who wish to strengthen the case for their work by presenting accurate and relevant data about poverty to funders, supporters and policy makers. It is suitable for third, public and private sector organisations. It is also suitable for researchers who wish to develop a baseline understanding of debates about how poverty is measured and commonly used datasets.
The course will cover the following:
- Concepts of poverty – relative poverty versus absolute poverty
- Common measures of poverty used in the UK
- Recent trends in poverty in the UK
- Why is understanding poverty data and how we measure poverty important to your organisation?
What does government data tell us about poverty levels in the UK?
- Sourcing national poverty data
- Effective use of national poverty data
- Risk of poverty among different groups of the population
- Limitations of national data.
Understanding poverty at a regional and local level
- Sourcing local poverty data
- Effective use of local poverty data.