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Utilizing Structural Equation Modeling in the Development of a Standardized Intervention Assessment Tool
Procedia Engineering
  • L. E. Voth-Gaeddert
  • Daniel B. Oerther, Missouri University of Science and Technology

There are numerous approaches to measuring multidimensional poverty; these include the Human Development Index and the Multidimensional Poverty Index among others [1]. However, a gap in the literature is found when intervention assessment tools are investigated. The idea of creating a standardized assessment tool would allow for a deeper understanding of poverty on a per community basis. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) offers a robust platform in which to establish such a tool. An overview of SEM and several other general approaches to data aggregation are addressed. The notion of a standardized intervention assessment tool is discussed; this is focused on utilizing the SEM platform for this tool. Further, previous works by Divelbiss [2] and Voth-Gaeddert [3], [4] are discussed. To date SEM has shown to handle adaptability of differing environments positively. Divelbiss reported on the SEM multivariable poverty model within villages of Guatemala and Voth-Gaeddert reports on the applicability of this model used in a dissimilar environment in Brazil. These findings suggest feasibility in the utilization of a SEM platform for a standardized intervention assessment tool.

Meeting Name
Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2014: HumTech2014 (2014: May 13-15, Boston, MA)
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Keywords and Phrases
  • Assessment tool,
  • Data aggregation,
  • Guatemala,
  • Human development index,
  • Multi variables,
  • Multidimensional poverty,
  • Structural equation modeling,
  • Intervention assessment tool
Document Type
Article - Conference proceedings
Document Version
Final Version
File Type
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd, All rights reserved.
Publication Date
Citation Information
L. E. Voth-Gaeddert and Daniel B. Oerther. "Utilizing Structural Equation Modeling in the Development of a Standardized Intervention Assessment Tool" Procedia Engineering Vol. 78 (2014) p. 218 - 223 ISSN: 1877-7058
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