Since joining IPA as its first chief research and methods officer, I've been spending a lot of time assessing the quality of every aspect of our research and helping smart people design the next generation of evaluation research methods.
In order to carry out rigorous research on strategies to reduce poverty, we need to use the most advanced methods available. IPA conducts and sponsors methodological research on study design and analysis as well as fieldwork implementation. This topic also includes experiments and other forms of validation research on how to design efficient, effective surveys and other data collection methods for measuring poverty-related outcomes.
There is a lack of consensus between different researchers and organizations on how exactly to define and measure financial health.