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Wellbeing Ranking

Developments in applied community-level poverty research
Edited By John Rowley

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  • Synopsis
    Wealth-ranking is a participatory tool enabling people to group their fellows into wealth bands, and thus identify the very poor. Now the method has been developed to include the broader aspects of wellbeing, such as social standing and health, that people value as much as material wealth. Wellbeing Ranking tells the story of the development of these assessment methods since the rise of wealth ranking in the 1980s. It looks at the results of wellbeing ranking exercises and how they help identify important differences within communities and monitor changes in wellbeing over time.The book suggests that understanding differences within communities is essential for good development aid work and describes the successful use of ranking tools over large populations and the value of using multi-dimensional models of wellbeing.This book is essential reading for everyone interested in participatory methods, from researchers and students of international development, to field workers and staff of international development agencies.
  • Table of Contents
    1 Introduction to wellbeing ranking: developments in applied community-level poverty research
    2 How wealth ranking was developed
    3 The history of wellbeing ranking techniques
    4 Some practical examples and what users say about wellbeing ranking
    5 Methodological issues in wellbeing ranking
    6 Using participatory wealth ranking in a South African microfinance organization: the value of scale
    7 Wellbeing ranking, semi-structured interviews and practitioner bias: personality traits and participatory narratives
    8 Wellbeing assessment in practice: lessons from wellbeing and poverty pathways
    9 Wealth ranking to wellbeing: Where next for development?
    10 Conclusions about wellbeing assessments and ideas for the future
    Annexes
    1. How to do wellbeing ranking
    2. How to do wellbeing groups
    Index
  • Endorsements
    ‘In an era where people’s voice are increasingly difficult to prioritize above those of experts, and local specificities often lose out to average effects, this thoughtful book will hopefully reignite interest in engaged inquiry. It offers us on-the-ground experiences about finding out what it means to be better off or worse off – the heart of what drives international development. The editor has found a wonderfully reflective style that makes the ideas eminently useful for self-critical professionals. This is how inquiry best evolves.’
    Irene Guijt is a Research Associate, RAPID Programme, Overseas Development Institute.

    ‘Wellbeing ranking is the centre piece method of participatory poverty research. This excellent volume provides a much-needed reminder of its continuing value to the broader applied research community.’
    Jeremy Holland, Associate Consultant, Social Development Team, Oxford Policy Management

    ‘Using wealth ranking under the guidance of Barbara Grandin in Kenya in the mid-80s to undertake a base-line and planning survey for what was then called Intermediate Technology Development Group, now Practical Action’s early animal health care projects was very exciting and hugely inspirational. I was astonished that such a simple technique could reveal such detail about lives, livelihoods, and especially livestock management. The information we gathered was instrumental in designing approaches which could really meet people’s needs and resources, and formative in my understanding about the need for a thorough understanding of communities and the context for development work. And all from a card-sorting exercise that the participants themselves also seemed to enjoy doing. I am delighted that Barbara’s ground-braking work is receiving the recognition it deserves in this book.’
    John Young, Head of the Research and Policy in Development Programme (RAPID), Overseas Development Institute
  • Details
    Sub Title Developments in applied community-level poverty research
    Author No
    Editor John Rowley
    Number of Pages 180