This briefing paper advocates for the systematic and widespread collection and use of household panel surveys to monitor progress and inform policy making around the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) – end poverty by 2030. It argues that panel data could generate invaluable insights on whether poverty eradication interventions are working or not, for whom they are working or not, and why. Importantly, they could be used to monitor whether anyone is being ‘left behind’ and in what circumstances. This information would greatly improve the design and targeting of poverty reduction policies.
Authors: Lucy Scott and Chiara Mariotti