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Sept 2012


The El Salvador Poverty Assessment Tool was originally created in October 2010. Changes to this tool are detailed in the PAT Changelog.

PAT Survey

November 2010

download (Español - .XLS)

PAT Data Entry Template

Sept 2012

(.ZIP; open within CSPro)

User guide

July 2011


Tool Information


Poverty line used for MRR reporting:

Median National Poverty Line

Value of poverty line used for MRR reporting in local currency:

US$1.97 per capita per day in 2008 prices in urban areas and 1.17 in rural areas

Other poverty lines*:

Food (US$1.47 per capita per day in urban areas and $0.96 in rural areas)
National (US$ 2.94 per capita per day in urban areas and $1.91 in rural areas)

Halfway between median and national ($2.46 per capita per day in urban areas and $1.54 per capita per day in rural areas)
50% above ($4.41 in urban areas and $2.87 in rural areas)

Automated poverty comparisons by**:

Region, urban/rural location, gender of HOH, HH size; Composition of flooring, refuse disposal, cooking fuel

Ownership of: TV, washing machine, vehicle

Other comparisons:



Original source survey:

2008 Encuesta de Hogares de Propositos Multiples (EHPM)

Certification document:


* The data analysis program in most PATs allows for comparisons against multiple poverty lines. In some cases, these poverty lines vary by region: a household in region A with a calculated household expenditure of X might fall below a poverty line while a household in a different region with the same expenditure might fall above that same poverty line.

** PATs developed using CSPro give automatic poverty comparisions by a number of variables so users can, for example, compare the poverty rates among regions or gender of the head of household. Such results are INDICATIVE and are only statistically valid for samples that are of appropriate size and distribution for that sub-population.


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