Measuring and monitoring energy poverty


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This article undertakes a review of alternative measures and indicators of energy poverty targeted to
specific audiences and for particular purposes. At the national and international scales there have been
some efforts for constructing measures of energy poverty. However, much more needs to be done to
develop an internationally consistent measurement framework and to put in place data collection
systems that will enable regular reporting. At the programme and project level, indicator systems by
necessity need to be designed for specific purposes. Nevertheless, the article proposes that in many
instances it is desirable to widen the scope of metrics used for designing and evaluating policies and
programmes. In the past, monitoring and evaluation indicators have focused largely on outputs, service
delivery or dissemination. Central to the recommendations laid out in the paper is the call for widening
the focus of evaluation and necessity to design indicators that adequately assess the needs of
beneficiaries and describe the living conditions of families and communities, who are targeted by
such programmes and initiatives.

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