Equity

Equity

EQUITY METRIC

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Learn about the EquityTool
and how it can help you.

OUR METHODOLOGY

Metrics for Management, in collaboration with the Metrics Working Group, has developed a methodology to measure client socioeconomic status. Metrics for Management has led the development of that methodology into a mobile and tablet-based application, called the EquityTool. We continue to support and update the underlying analysis.

SOCIOECONOMIC EQUITY

Measuring socioeconomic equity makes it possible for a social service program to know if it is serving its target population. In practice, this most often means understanding whether the program is reaching the poor or most vulnerable. While placing service-delivery points in low- income neighborhoods and capping prices are critical approaches to encouraging use of health services among the poor, they do not guarantee that the poor are using the services to the anticipated degree. Measurement is the key.

EquityTool

The EquityTool is a free, easy-to-use, multi-platform-based tool that assesses the wealth of program beneficiaries in low- and middle-income countries. It enables programs to rapidly evaluate their effectiveness at reaching their target population.

Metrics for Management collaborated with several agencies, and equity experts to shorten and simplify the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) asset index questions. We continuously update the tool as new DHS or other nationally representative household surveys become available.We can also apply our methodology to other nationally representative surveys containing asset index type questions, to broaden the use of the EquityTool to countries without a DHS survey.

Improve program management, service delivery, and health outcomes by making it easy for programs to assess client wealth distribution.

  • Facilitates real-time program management and improvement
  • Can be used on multiple platforms DHIS2
  • Mobile-based version can be used offline after initial connection and can automatically sync and analyze data when an internet connection is available
  • Multiple surveyors can collect data at the same time
  • Enables benchmarking against commonly used standards
  • User friendly
  • Short, easy to answer, validated survey questions
  • Compares client socioeconomic status across programs, schools, clinics, or districts
  • Free

We offer technical assistance to organizations that would like to use the EquityTool as is or adjust its use for specific organizational objectives. Contact us to learn how we can provide support.

Because we are dedicated to keeping this valuable tool free and open to all programs, we have committed to fund all continuing research, maintenance, and improvement costs for the EquityTool.

In creating the tool, M4M partnered with KoBoToolbox, a nonprofit organization based at Harvard University that offers an open source platform for data collection. Our partnership with KoBo enables us to support this product as a global good, making it possible for anyone, anywhere to use the EquityTool.

 

Learn More

To learn more about the scientific methodology behind the EquityTool, read the article published in Global Health Science and Practice and visit our publications for more information.

 

Check out social media posts about the EquityTool, including:

Researchers and organizations around the world are using the EquityTool for diverse projects, including:

  • Helen Keller International (HKI) used the EquityTool to improve heath and livelihoods for women and families in Cambodia. Read more…
  • Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) used the EquityTool to strengthen the Indian health sector and advocate for needs of niche clients. Read more…
  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) used the EquityTool to effectively identify and serve the most vulnerable crisis victims in Pakistan. Read more…
  • Sightsavers International used the EquityTool to improve reach and sustainability of vision services in Bangladesh and Malawi. Read more…

EQUITY: PUBLICATIONS & NEWS

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M4M Newsletter - July 2019
M4M Newsletter – July 2019Metrics for Management newsletter from April 2019, featuring: exciting news and a call for opinions for the India EquityTool; ICT4D and Women Deliver conferences; job announcement; recent publications; updates from the EquityTool., , July 17, 2019ghana india kenyanewsletterfamily-planning-quality maternal-health-quality socioeconomic-equity
EquityTool Newsletter - April 2019
EquityTool Newsletter – April 2019EquityTool Newsletter from April 2019, featuring: call for user input on India state-specific EquityTools; new tools in Sudan, Philipines, India; upcoming ICT4D conference; EquityTool in printApril 10, 2019india philippines sudannewslettersocioeconomic-equity
M4M Newsletter - April 2019
M4M Newsletter – April 2019Metrics for Management newsletter from April 2019, featuring: exciting news and a call for opinions for the India EquityTool; ICT4D and Women Deliver conferences; job announcement; recent publications; updates from the EquityTool., , April 4, 2019india philippines sudannewsletterfamily-planning-quality maternal-health-quality socioeconomic-equity
M4M at Women Deliver 2019
M4M at Women Deliver 2019Visit M4M's demo table at Women Deliver 2019 in Vancouver to learn more about the EquityTool and our contributions to women's and girls' global health., , , , June 3, 2019canadaconferences-seminars eventabortion-service-quality family-planning-quality maternal-health-quality socioeconomic-equity
Email News Blast - Feb 2019 Articles
Email News Blast – Feb 2019 ArticlesMetrics for Management email newsblast from February 2019 announcing three new publications on equity and quality measurement., , February 5, 2019bangladesh kenya pakistan ugandanewsletterfamily-planning-quality maternal-health-quality socioeconomic-equity
Evaluating Quality of Contraceptive Counseling: An analysis of the Method Information Index
Evaluating Quality of Contraceptive Counseling: An analysis of the Method Information IndexA Studies in Family Planning journal article by Chang, Mukanu, Bellows, Hameed, Kalamar, Grépin, Gul, and Chakraborty, assessing consistency between Method Information Index (MII) responses and the contraceptive method received in a prospective study in Uganda and Pakistan. January 19, 2019pakistan ugandajournal-articlefamily-planning-quality
Who Serves the Poor? An Equity Analysis of Public and Private Providers of Family Planning and Child Health Services in Kenya
Who Serves the Poor? An Equity Analysis of Public and Private Providers of Family Planning and Child Health Services in KenyaA Frontiers in Public Health journal article by Chakraborty, Montagu, Wanderi and Oduor, which uses the EquityTool to analyze differences in the wealth status of clients of family planning and child health services in Kenya by health sector. Collaboration with PSI and PS Kenya., January 8, 2019kenyajournal-articlefamily-planning-quality socioeconomic-equity
EquityTool Newsletter – October 2018
EquityTool Newsletter – October 2018EquityTool Newsletter from October 2018, featuring: a summary of our presentation on measuring equity and EquityTool demonstration booth at MERLTech 2018, information on EquityTool support available through Metrics for Management consulting, and tool updates in Myanmar, Argentina, Somaliland, and Guinea-Bissau.October 15, 2018argentina guinea-bissau myanmar somalilandnewslettersocioeconomic-equity
M4M Newsletter Oct 2018
M4M Newsletter Oct 2018Metrics for Management newsletter from October 2018, featuring: ICFP, MERLTech and HSR conferences; Metric Bootcamp; and updates from the EquityTool., , October 17, 2018newsletterfamily-planning-quality maternal-health-quality socioeconomic-equity
M4M at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2018
M4M at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2018Metrics for Management is thrilled to be presenting a full line-up of our latest family planning quality and maternal health quality research at the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, Rwanda, November 12-15., , November 12, 2018rwandaconferences-seminars eventfamily-planning-quality maternal-health-quality
Email blast: EquityTool collaboration with Living Goods and Medic Mobile
Email blast: EquityTool collaboration with Living Goods and Medic MobileAn email blast detailing coverage of a recent collaboration between Living Goods and Medic Mobile on an mHealth app integrating the EquityTool, supported by Metrics for Management, which provided East African Community Health Workers with digital tools to better measure and provide crucial health services.August 16, 2018kenya ugandanewslettersocioeconomic-equity
Ensuring Equitable Service Delivery
Ensuring Equitable Service DeliveryBlog post by Living Goods Director of Analytics Brad Presner detailing an EquityTool collaboration with Medic Mobile and Metrics for Management. , August 15, 2018kenya ugandablog presssocioeconomic-equity
Operationalizing an Equity Lens in Community Health
Operationalizing an Equity Lens in Community HealthBlog post by Medic Mobile's Alix Emden detailing an EquityTool collaboration with Living Goods and Metrics for Management. , August 15, 2018kenya ugandablog presssocioeconomic-equity
Metrics for Management Newsletter - July 2018
Metrics for Management Newsletter – July 2018Metrics for Management newsletter from July 2018, featuring: launch of the Abortion Service Quality (ASQ) Initiative; introduction to M4M, LLC; consulting case study with Project Concern International (PCI); board member Malabika Sarker's award; links to our BNJ Sexual and Reproductive Health editorial and International Journal of Equity in Health article; and updates from the EquityTool. , , July 19, 2018bangladesh guatemala india malawi peru tanzania united-statesnewsletterabortion-service-quality family-planning-quality socioeconomic-equity
EquityTool Newsletter - July 2018
EquityTool Newsletter – July 2018EquityTool Newsletter from July 2018, featuring: a case study with Water Mission in Peru and Tanzania, information on EquityTool support available through Metrics for Management consulting, and tool updates in Armenia, Guinea, Madagascar, Uganda, Argentina, and Guinea-Bissau.July 12, 2018argentina armenia guinea guinea-bissau madagascar peru tanzania ugandanewslettersocioeconomic-equity
M4M Booth and Presentation at MERLTech 2018
M4M Booth and Presentation at MERLTech 2018M4M will be attending the MERLTech 2018 Conference September 6-7 in Washington, D.C. Join us to discuss Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning in Development, both at our conference booth, and during our joint presentation with Medic Mobile on equity measurement using the EquityTool., September 6, 2018conferences-seminars eventsocioeconomic-equity
EquityTool Case Study: Effectively identifying and serving the most vulnerable crisis victims with the International Rescue Committee
EquityTool Case Study: Effectively identifying and serving the most vulnerable crisis victims with the International Rescue CommitteeThe International Rescue Committee (IRC) used the EquityTool to understand existing in-country methods to identify the poor. The IRC will use EquityTool results to inform future iterations of their cash transfer program, ensuring the best use of their resources and the continued effectiveness of their crisis response.April 12, 2017pakistancase-studysocioeconomic-equity
EquityTool Case Study: Improving heath and livelihoods for women and families in Cambodia with Helen Keller International
EquityTool Case Study: Improving heath and livelihoods for women and families in Cambodia with Helen Keller InternationalHelen Keller International (HKI) used the EquityTool to improve the health status of women and children around the world. The EquityTool has allowed HKI to collect and understand wealth data in a new way, enabling more critical reflection on their service model. April 7, 2017cambodiacase-studysocioeconomic-equity
EquityTool Case Study: Strengthening the Indian health sector and advocating for needs of niche clients with HLFPPT
EquityTool Case Study: Strengthening the Indian health sector and advocating for needs of niche clients with HLFPPTHindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) used the EquityTool to understand target population and advocate for the importance of their role to strengthen national health service delivery. HLFPPT has leveraged EquityTool evidence to bolster crowdsource donations funding childbirth services for more than 75 women who could not otherwise afford care.July 13, 2017indiacase-studysocioeconomic-equity
EquityTool Case Study: Improving reach and sustainability of vision services with Sightsavers
EquityTool Case Study: Improving reach and sustainability of vision services with SightsaversFor Sightsavers’ work in India and Bangladesh, the EquityTool revealed the potential for introducing cost recovery mechanisms to improve program sustainability. In Malawi, they learned that 70% of their clients fell in the wealthiest three quintiles, and are now working to adjust their outreach to better reach those in-need.July 11, 2017bangladesh india malawicase-studysocioeconomic-equity
Simpler measurement for reaching the poor
Simpler measurement for reaching the poorAn excerpt of PSI Pulse Issue 4, March 2016, that spotlights the EquityTool. April 13, 2016presssocioeconomic-equity
Behind the equity app: how researchers were able to balance scientific rigor with ease-of-use
Behind the equity app: how researchers were able to balance scientific rigor with ease-of-useA blog post by Kim Longfield and Dana Sievers for PSI Impact, contrasting PSI's past approach to quity measurement in franchise clinics against the streamlined protocol of the EquityTool.June 16, 2016socioeconomic-equity
The EquityTool: Changing poverty measurement and service delivery
The EquityTool: Changing poverty measurement and service deliveryA blog post by Andrea Sprockett for the Joint Learning Network, that outlines the importance of equity measurement in development measurement and service delivery, and introduces readers to the EquityTool.March 21, 2016blogsocioeconomic-equity
Use of family planning and child health services in the private sector: an equity analysis of 12 DHS surveys
Use of family planning and child health services in the private sector: an equity analysis of 12 DHS surveysAn International Journal for Equity in Health article by Chakraborty and Sprockett conducting weighted descriptive analyses on current users of modern FP and on the youngest household child under age 5 to understand and compare country-specific care seeking patterns in use of public or private facilities based on urban/rural residence and wealth quintile.April 4, 2018bangladesh cambodia democratic-republic-of-congo dominican-republic ghana haiti kenya liberia mali nigeria senegal zambiajournal-articlesocioeconomic-equity
Equity: Enabling the poor to access services
Equity: Enabling the poor to access servicesA overview of the equity metric.March 1, 2017briefing-documentsocioeconomic-equity
Assessing provision and equity in low and middle income country health markets
Assessing provision and equity in low and middle income country health marketsFinal report co-written by Chakraborty, Wanderi, Oduor and Montagu for Population Services International (PSI) and USAID. Report details a cross-sectional survey of urban health facilities in Kenya stratified by health facility type, focusing on four separate sectors: public, faith-based, private (non-franchised) and private (social-franchised), and using the EquityTool.October 1, 2016kenyareportsocioeconomic-equity
The Relationship between wealth and use of health services in the private sector
The Relationship between wealth and use of health services in the private sectorLiterature review and secondary data analysis focusing on family planning and common childhood illness across different public and private sector facility types and by wealth, written for Population Services International (PSI) and USAID.September 1, 2016bangladesh cambodia democratic-republic-of-congo dominican-republic ghana haiti kenya liberia mali nigeria senegal zambiareportsocioeconomic-equity
Simplified Asset Indices to Measure Wealth and Equity in Health Programs: A Reliability and Validity Analysis Using Survey Data From 16 Countries
Simplified Asset Indices to Measure Wealth and Equity in Health Programs: A Reliability and Validity Analysis Using Survey Data From 16 CountriesA Global Health Science and Practice Journal article by Chakraborty, Fry, Behl, and Longfield on the creation of country-specific measures of household wealth with as few as 6 questions that are highly reliable and valid in both urban and rural contexts.April 1, 2016bangladesh benin cambodia cameroon ethiopia malawi mozambique nepal nigeria pakistan philippines rwanda senegal tanzania uganda zimbabwejournal-articlesocioeconomic-equity
Living Goods & Medic Mobile Case Study - Abridged
Living Goods & Medic Mobile Case Study – AbridgedEquityTool Case Study (abbreviated version): A collaboration between Living Goods and Medic Mobile on a Smart Health mobile app integrating the EquityTool provided Living Goods Community Health Workers with digital tools to better measure and provide crucial health services.July 9, 2018kenya ugandacase-studysocioeconomic-equity
Living Goods & Medic Mobile Case Study - Full Length
Living Goods & Medic Mobile Case Study – Full LengthEquityTool case study (full length version): A collaboration between Living Goods and Medic Mobile on a Smart Health mobile app integrating the EquityTool provided Living Goods Community Health Workers with digital tools to better measure and provide crucial health services.July 9, 2018kenya ugandacase-studysocioeconomic-equity
EquityTool Case Study: Ensuring equitable access to clean water with Water Mission
EquityTool Case Study: Ensuring equitable access to clean water with Water MissionWater Mission incorporated EquityTool questions into their existing evaluations of two projects: a household water treatment program in Peru, and a solar-powered prepaid water system project in Tanzania. In both cases, the EquityTool allowed Water Mission to better understand their client profile and program efficacy and affordability. June 9, 2018honduras peru tanzaniacase-studysocioeconomic-equity
Video introduction to the EquityTool
Video introduction to the EquityToolA short video introduction to the EquityTool. , December 13, 2015guides-tools videosocioeconomic-equity

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