• Session 1: Measurement of Income Poverty and DeprivationChaired by Gordon Harris (DSS Analytical Services)In Opportunity for All a range of indicators were specified based onrelative, absolute and persistent definitions of low incomes. Othercountries, such as Ireland, have also used deprivation statistics inconjunction with relative income measures. The US has an absolutepoverty line. What are the pros and cons of these approaches?PageJohn Hills: "The British approach"
  • Brian Nolan: "Measuring and Targeting Poverty: The Irish Example"
  • Sheldon Danziger: ÔMeasurement of Poverty: Implications of theUS Approach"
  • Session 2: Wider Aspects of Poverty and Social ExclusionChaired by David Stanton (DSS Analytical Services Division)Should we have indicators that capture risk factors, such as health,education and housing, as well as low incomes and wider measures ofwell being? What should we be measuring? Are there some key criteriafor choosing indicators? Participative approaches to monitoringsuccess Ð experiences of voluntary groups in this area.PageJonathan Bradshaw: "Poverty: the outcomes for children"
  • Lisa Harker: "Measuring wider aspects of poverty and social exclusion"
  • ContentsivSession 3: Overall approaches to monitoring successChaired by John Hills (CASE, LSE)The pros and cons of having a wide range of indicators versus asingle index. Should we try and monitor a whole range of factorsor focus on a small number of indicators?Setting targets for the indicators: How should this be done whenit is particularly difficult to establish where the indicator is likelyto be influenced by a wide range of economic and social factorsas well as Government policy?PageHelen Barnes: "Summary measures of child well-being"
  • John Micklewright: "Should the UK Government measure poverty andsocial exclusion with a composite index?"
  • Rebecca Endean: ÔOpportunity for All: Monitoring the Government'sstrategy to tackle poverty and social exclusion'