Thrive Lights 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.
Thrivelight 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 technology of the Thrivelights 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.