The Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction has developed a deprivation index that moves beyond income measures to gauge progress on poverty reduction in a number of different areas.
The deprivation index uses a set of indicators that measure distinct aspects of poverty in order to monitor change over time and between different groups of the population. The 2010 index measures poverty under six domains: education, food, geography, health, housing and income. The index recognizes the interconnectedness of the social determinants of living conditions on poverty and, by extension, health. The Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction hopes to add to the index in future years as more indicators are developed.
See “2010 Deprivation Index,” Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, March 2011, available atwww.kingstonpovertyreduction.ca.