Poverty Stoplight is a multi-dimensional poverty survey which uses variables of poverty to measure resource access and deficits within the community. Developed by Fundacion Paraguaya, the survey is being used all over the globe and is giving government and institutions a better understanding of the needs of the people they serve. Roots of Renewal is the first organization to use the Poverty Stoplight survey in the United States, and is using collected data from residents to better inform programing and connect residents with organizations that provide the resources they need. 

In August 2018, Roots of Renewal launched Poverty Stoplight PA in Pittsburgh and Braddock, Pennsylvania bringing the survey and tool to Western PA. Click the box below to learn more about our work to eliminate poverty in Western Pennsylvania. 


  Poverty Stoplight was created as both a metric and a methodology that allows families to assess their levels of poverty and to carry out personalized strategies to overcome those deficits.

  Poverty Stoplight breaks down the overwhelming concept of poverty into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through simple interventions, making the "invisible" manifestations of poverty visible in the shape of simple, understandable indicators. Our self-evaluation survey is conducted using software that can be used on computers or tablets. The indicators represent 6 dimensions of poverty: Income & Employment, Health & Environment, Housing & Infrastructure, Education & Culture, Organization & Participation, Interiority & Motivation. Each indicator is represented by three images and simple explanations that the family 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 the family's status for each specific indicator. Families meet with a staff person and results of the survey are presented with their strengths in green and areas for improvement in yellow and red.

The family develops their own “out of poverty” map choosing their own priorities for their map. Staff provide mentoring and coaching to the family with a focus on support and providing linkages and resources. Families retake the survey periodically to measure progress.

Finally, the technology of the Poverty Stoplight application allows for real time data to be collected for neighborhoods, cities, regions and states, even countries. This data can be used to inform policy and resource allocation decisions, allowing for a world free of poverty.

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Extreme Poverty


Non Poverty